Start Button Constantly Pops Up Repeatedly

May 28, 2010 at 21:08:07
Specs: Windows XP
I was browsing my computer as usual, using
the website that I normally go on, when
suddenly, the start button on the task bar
starts to pop up over and over and over again. I
didn't know what was going on and at the time,
I thought I hit the windows key on the
keyboard, but when I made sure I wasn't on
the keyboard, it still continued to pop up

While that was happening, I tried to type a
message out to my friends and found out that I
couldn't hit certain keys on the keyboard such
as L or M or E, and they would go to certain
windows. The only way for me to get anything
to my friend was either use copy and paste or
hold down the shift key and type in all caps,
but even that was quite the challenge because
the start button kept on popping up over and

I'd like to know what is wrong since i've never
encounter anything like this before . It seems
to be okay for the time being but I don't know
when it'll happen again and I'd like to find a
way to fix it before it does

Also, randomly, while on the browser (I use
chrome), the pages will start refreshing
constantly , not giving the site the chance to

Right now, the backspace and the crtl keys
are not working.


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May 29, 2010 at 00:04:10
veeveeyan, my initial thought is a stuck key. Is this on a notebook or desktop? If it's a desktop with a separate keyboard, I'd run the KB thru a cycle in the dishwasher (sounds crazy I know, but it works good and is a good, easy way to clean a KB). If it's a laptop, compressed (dry) air or you can (not recommended) take the KB apart for cleaning.
Sorta a possibility (doubt it) is some sort of nasty. Virus, worm/trojan. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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