Repeating fff - is this a virus ?

August 3, 2005 at 23:36:50
Specs: XP, 512MB Ram

Hi ... I am experiencing an unusual problem with the letter f, and wondering whether it is possibly virus or spyware-related.
Halfway through booting up, a continous beep starts, which continues until I hit the escape key. Then, whenever I open Internet Explorer, the letter f will type by itself in the address bar, and continue endlessly. It is almost impossible to type a real url, because the f keeps appearing. Also, if I open a document in Word, etc., f will repeat spontanously - before I've typed anything myself. But if I actually want to type f, then I can't, there's no response when I touch the f key.
I have scanned the hard drive with avast! anti-virus, which didn't detect anything. Also downloaded Stinger, which didn't find anything. Then downloaded Spybot, which didn't detect any spyware, etc. But I know from experience that some viruses can bury themselves very deep.

Has anyone experienced a similar problem, or is anyone aware of a virus or worm which might cause this problem ??

I also thought that it might be a hardware problem with the keyboard, but the f key doesn't appear to be physically stuck.

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August 4, 2005 at 00:36:43

You might have been on the mark when you thought it might be the keyboard. Have you tried another?

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August 4, 2005 at 17:02:14

This is generally a bad keyboard. You might try popping the "F" key off and checking for dirt or debris on the key shaft but it's usually not mechanical. You'll probably need a new keyboard to solve the problem.

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August 27, 2005 at 18:11:08

I've got the exact same problem, but it also afects email inbox.
All advise from those in the know tell me I'm fff****ked. Install a new harddrive install frfesh Norton, selectively move over important stuff from old drive, and start a good backup program.

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August 29, 2005 at 13:38:17

I've experienced the same thing, only in my case the repeating character is the "+" sign, which, by the way, requires the shift key. Because of this, I doubt it is the keyboard itself.

The problem is highly sporadic, and sometimes when I press the shift key, the "attack" stops.

I've also had unexplained reboots.

I have a wireless keyboard (Logitech) and a wireless internet connection.

I've scanned, and scanned with everything I could think of, and nothing comes up.

And ideas?

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