Mouse clicks by itself

May 16, 2010 at 16:34:21
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB RAM
For some reason, my mouse has been clicking by itself for the last couple of weeks. As in, if I click once on something, the result is often as if I clicked two or three times. For example, if I click on a minimized window, sometimes the window will spring up, but then go right back to the Start bar. I cannot highlight text and have it remain highlighted, and clicking once on image files to see a preview almost always results in the file opening.

Usually this happens when I have a virus, but I ran MalwareBytes twice and did a HiJackThis scan...nothing malicious was found and while there were no urgent problem files in the HiJackThis scan, the ones that I got rid of didn't actually ever get removed (one was labeled 'hijack' but had no file).

So now I'm wondering if maybe my mouse needs to be cleaned or repaired. Does anyone have any advice? Or should I bite and get a new mouse? I'm just asking on short notice now because I don't know when I'll get the chance to go to the store this week and I have some stuff to do for a client that requires a mouse without extra clicks.

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May 16, 2010 at 18:59:54
You should FEED the mouse once in a while, they get jittery and "click" when they're hungry. ha ha

Need more info - Internal laptop mouse & touchpad, or external mouse? PS/2, USB, wireless mouse?

Could be setting in XP too - Check if you use single click or aouble click. Open Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, On General Tab see "Click Items as Follows" to see your setting.

Could be an application issue too, I had a strange issue with Google Calendar once where I heard rapid multiple clicking noises. It was an issue with Google Calendar.

What are you using for antivirus? Could be a virus (or keylogger?) too, but I think you'd see more symptoms from a virus than just clicking. Scan with
- A-Squared & do a Deep Scan
- Superantispyware
- MalwareBytes (Full scan).
- Scan w/ AntiRoot kits: TrendMicro Rootkit buster, Panda AntiRoot kit, Radix and/or GMER.

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May 16, 2010 at 23:41:34
Hello PC Geek,

Hehe. My mouse will be eating a mallet if it doesn't start working. Anyway, I have an external mouse with a USB cord, and I checked Windows Explorer...everything is fine there.

I ran a full scan in MalwareBytes and it showed nothing malicious or even any kind of junk/tracking cookies. Also, SuperAntiSpyware freezes my computer up, and Panda has never worked well for me either.

I've found that clicking the mouse buttons very hard sometimes stops the problem. I also have a touch pad, and I have no issues with that...but I can't use it for work purposes. So, I think it may be my mouse. I've had this mouse for about seven years, so it shouldn't surprise me that it's acting up. Thanks very much for all your advice, too.

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May 17, 2010 at 12:35:01
Replace the mouse. It sounds like the switch is going bad.

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