Can a double-arrow icon indicate hacking, instrusion?

September 21, 2015 at 12:26:25
Specs: Windows 7, 4GBs
Is a double arrow icon an indicator of hacking or other real-time intrusion?

On occasion, including today, I experience on my pc (Windows 8 OS) my cursor disappearing for several seconds--up to a half-minute or so, and being replaced by a very short line (about a half-inch or less) with an arrow on both ends. Sometimes it's vertical, sometimes horizontal. It seems to disable other functions while it's happening. For example--while this double-arrow thing was showing inside my browser, I was unable to open other tabs that had been opened earlier and left open. So, if I had four tabs open, I was temporary stuck with the browser window at the front (already opened & displaying) and could not switch to the other tabs--which normally I can.

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September 21, 2015 at 12:31:36
Sounds like a normal resize cursor. If the computer is busy and unresponsive (often because of disk activity) the cursor can get stuck like this. Watch out for a solid disk activity light. No hacking involved.

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September 21, 2015 at 12:58:14
Might be as ijack suggests...

But it wouldn't hurt to run a few cleaners - if only to check for a few possible pests running in the background?

Run these in this order;and keep any logs generated for further consultation/examination.


Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

JRT installs to the desktop - from where you run it. It will open into small dos style window; follow the instructions therein. It will reboot the system as part of its process.



All of the above are "free" and safe to use; and regularly recommended here.

Instal each of the above using the "manual/custom" option; do NOT use the default/automatic option. Carefully watch for and uncheck any (so helpfully pre-checked) boxes - other then the one for the utility itself. This way you will avoid installing all manner of stuff which you neither need nor want. Some it isa real PAI to eradicate...; much of it runs in the background, and/or makes changes to the system - without you being aware.

Post back with the results afterwards?

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September 21, 2015 at 15:19:21
Although the double arrow itself is not a hacking symptom, if you have viruses they can cause undue activity which might then cause the resize cursor to appear. Run the free programs given in #2 which are safe and widely used on this forum.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 21, 2015 at 17:17:54
Checked out filehippo at and the most recent entry was from 2012. The other 2 were from 2007 and 08! Why so old?

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September 21, 2015 at 17:32:37
As per instructions, start with adwcleaner, then Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

We will address other things after that.

Copy & Paste the contents of the logs in your reply please.

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