Frantic window activity on desktop

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April 12, 2009 at 02:08:55
Specs: XP Pro/Vista (Dual), P4/3.1 3gig
After boot-up and the desktop appears the arrow pointer is always in the middle of the screen which is normal. Occasionally the moment I move the arrow to commence work windows will open all over the screen and in rapid succession. As I move the arrow they will open and close all over the desktop area. The only way I can shutdown/reboot is to use the windows key to bring up the Start menu and then use the arrow keys to direct the arrow to the Shutdown/Restart buttons. What strange bug is causing this?

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#1
April 13, 2009 at 00:13:22
Ewen, do you have a bunch of unneeded extras in your start menu? Find a list of 'musts' @:
http://www.castlecops.com/startup_c...
or
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
or
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/sta...
Another thought is a virus or trojan/worm. Scan.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
April 13, 2009 at 15:20:52
Bad mouse.

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#3
April 13, 2009 at 20:30:14
Thankyou Ed and Seawatch.
I visited Bleeping Computer as you suggested and there does not seem to be anything unusual in my Start Menu or Startup.

My mouse is a Microsoft cordless job (as is the keyboard) and it seems to be operating OK. I replaced the batteries in both units just in case.

As I said the problem is infrequent and as a result it is hard to pinpoint.

Thank you for your replies

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#4
April 13, 2009 at 20:37:37
seawatch is probably right. Have you tried a regular ps2 or usb optical mouse?
Try it and let us know if you still have the problem.

Other than that, you can scan your PC for malware using:
Ccleaner Slim
Malwarebytes
They are free, let us know how you make out

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#5
April 15, 2009 at 23:52:02
Thankyou XPUser4Real... I borrowed a usb optical mouse which I am using at the moment. So far nothing has happened but as I said it is infrequent and I may have to experiment for some time before it will happen again.

Thank you for your reply

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#6
April 16, 2009 at 08:28:36
Wireless mice on a desktop are sometimes not the best choice ;)

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#7
April 18, 2009 at 20:34:41
The USB mouse is working well (so far)... but according to Murphy's law the system will act up the minute I revert. I guess that will prove a point then!

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#8
April 19, 2009 at 22:07:01
Try changing the channel the mouse is using. Maybe it's overlapping with another user's mouse.

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#9
April 22, 2009 at 20:52:32
Thanks eli2k but i"m not on any network and I'm the sole user. Your suggestion is appreciated though.

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