Keyboard Virus and Registry corruption

October 10, 2012 at 09:36:52
Specs: Windows XP

My registry was corrupted somewhat a couple of months ago. Some applications no longer have the ability to write files at certain points. Computer is usable otherwise.

I had to rename taskmanager to "something.exe" and add a shortcut to the desktop to run it. ctl/alt/del is also disabled, meaning it never brings up logoff/user change/task manager or whatever its supposed to .

Now, after a DOS window is open for a few minutes, it starts "counting" non space characters. By that i mean any character typed produces a number and increases so i type and get 01234..9 then cycles back to 01 etc. Solution is to kill the DOS window and re-open a new one, typing works again.

It is happening as I type this, just not a boot or other drastic measure required yet.

Anyone have any ideas? I have "Norton Security Suite" from my ISP and it never detects anything.

I saw some old thread that discusses removing and re-installing the keyboard driver, in that thread WIN 98 but it was the first non "snort/snort/harpmph/harumph", your keyboard is dead thread i found. Seems like an idea if i can find an XP CD.

The application support team from the custom development environment that I use finally conceded that XP re-install is what I need since the registry corruption will not go away if/when I get this virus removed. Is this really true?

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October 10, 2012 at 12:26:49
Yes, re-install Windows is the best course of action.

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October 10, 2012 at 14:34:42
Thanks. This will be the ticket to me getting a Win7 OS I guess.

Not looking forward to that. It will take me a month or so to disable (or get used to) all the new stuff :). Even then the new apple-like fat-ware will probably force a new laptop as well. At least i will have a bootable drive for it...

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