virus disabled Compaq desktop keyboard

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario cq5320f...
March 4, 2010 at 00:22:15
Specs: ubuntu 9.1
I was running Ubuntu and the Opera browser, and was visiting some site (not sure now what site it was) when at bottom of screen I saw some message like:
"downloading from cdn.eyewonder.com" I had not attempted to download anything deliberately. Subsequently my keyboard froze (mouse and monitor were fine). I have a dual-boot system with Vista. So I do a warm boot (restart) and the keyboard is still frozen, even before I choose which operating system to boot...I can't even scroll down (down arrow) to select Vista. Ubuntu boots by default and keyboard is still frozen, but I can shut the system down using just the mouse. If I do a cold boot, the keyboard is alive again, but only for maybe 10 minutes or so. Once it freezes, I have to shut down again. Keyboard now seems to randomly freeze even when I run Vista. Once it freezes, it stays frozen until I do another cold boot. Researching on the internet using my wife's computer seems to suggest that cdn.eyewonder.com is an ad server that has been suspected of delivering malware via Java or Javascript. I could use some suggestions as to how I should proceed from here.

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#1
March 4, 2010 at 04:20:19
Have you run any Malware or Virus scanning programs? Have you tried connecting another keyboard?

LIR


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#2
March 4, 2010 at 12:13:51
I will try substituting another keyboard. I am also considering installing BitDefender. Thanks for your suggestions. Stay tuned, and I will update this with the results in a few hours.
--BB

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#3
March 4, 2010 at 21:45:47
The enigmatic freezing-keyboard problem showed itself numerous times yesterday, but not at all today.

Nevertheless, I wanted a clean bill of health from a virus scanner. So after much effort, I finally got BitDefender (BD) installed on Ubuntu 9.1. Suffice it to say that it was not a straight forward process, as it had been with XP and Vista.

I had BD attempt to scan my root directory recursively. BD wasn't able to gain access to quite a number of areas, and so its final conclusion was that it had not found any viruses on the areas it could scan, but that my system might still be infected. I also tried another keyboard during the day.

So, it's still a mystery as to what it was that made my keyboard dysfunctional yesterday. Perhaps it was only a bug in some program or an incompatibility between programs.
I am having another problem with Ubuntu since day 1, which is that about one in twenty or so left-mouse clicks ends up in the bit bucket, i.e. it gets lost somewhere, so that every so often I click on something and nothing happens. I consider my case closed, unless the keyboard problem shows up again. Thanks.


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