Mouse – blocking doesn’t hold

Dell / INSPIRON 530S
November 13, 2010 at 14:28:46
Specs: Windows XP, 1.60 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
When I block text with my mouse in any application, it only seems to work intermittently. Sometimes the whole thing unblocks before I lift my finger from the left button, sometimes just a few words hold, sometimes the whole selection stays blocked. Sometimes if I hold the right button down before I lift the left one it holds & I can use ‘copy’ from the list.
This started happening a few weeks ago and is true independent of whether I’m using my Logitech wireless mouse or my Ativa mouse which is plugged in the unit.
I have run MalwareBytes with no infections found and AVG is always running. It is driving me crazy and wasting a lot of time. Can anyone help me? Jane

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#1
November 13, 2010 at 14:37:50
Hi Jane, AVG is not the best...Try Avast Free and have it do a bootscan on reboot.
Move all it finds to the chest. Avast has much better real-time protection in the long run.

You can also try:
1- Trojan Remover
2- Hitman Pro
And remove all they find.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...

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#2
November 13, 2010 at 16:17:38
This is a "very common symptom" of a worn left click button switch on the mouse. Maybe by pure fluke you have two mice similarly worn - the left buttons do get a hammering.

It would still be worth trying yet another mouse, before assuming it is a virus and fiddling around with virus checking software. If that's the only symptom then it sure doesn't sound much like a virus to me.

What happens if you push much more firmly on the left button while doing this? If it helps then the mouse itself is definitely the culprit.

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands


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#3
November 14, 2010 at 13:22:13
Derek,
Thanks for the advise. I changed to a brand new mouse I had here and so far things are good but this may not be the end.
As I was writing up my problem yesterday, both mouses started to work better. Apparently they were keeping track of what I was doing. It did get worse again before I read your answer.
The strange thing is that once the new mouse was plugged in, the wireless mouse began working again too. But now that has not been consistent. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and buy a new wireless mouse and see how that works.
Jane

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#4
November 14, 2010 at 15:42:11
What happens is the left click disconnects when you reduce pressure slightly so it can be very intermittent. Sometimes a dozen or so sharp and firm left clicks can remove the symptoms for a while (or clean the switch inside) but a new mouse is the best bet.

If you get a chance let us know how you get on.

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands


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#5
November 14, 2010 at 17:06:38
I see you side-stepped response #1
The only drawbacks on a wireless mouse is that you never know when the batteries go and they get quite eratic...I recommend just a good usb optical mouse...better in the long run IMHO

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#6
November 14, 2010 at 17:29:34
I plan to try your advise also. Just haven't had a chance yet. There are lots of strange things happening with my computer and first I just wanted to get the mouse working. And the mouse I'm now using came with my Dell computer and had never been opened & is much easier to use than the mouse I had plugged in before. So I may not need the wireless mouse.

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#7
November 14, 2010 at 18:07:09
Well, perhaps the order of events was my fault because the symptoms given in the original post did not appear to point to viral activity. I therefore suggested in #2 that
the mouse was attended to "before assuming it is a virus".

Now we hear that "there are lots of strange things happening" this might be a whole different ball game - more info needed I guess.

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands


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#8
November 15, 2010 at 15:39:48
I’ve been using the ‘new’ mouse today and had no problems. I’ve put the wireless mouse aside. Yesterday I had plugged the ‘new’ mouse into the USB slot in the front of the tower. Today I moved it to the back of the unit and everything is still fine. The one I had removed had a round connection, not USB. Don’t know if that had an effect on anything.
The “strange things happening" occurred just before I made the replacement. At that time windows were opening to full size when I was near them & other things like that. Hasn’t happened again.
Thanks for your advice. Now that I know how helpful and friendly you are I may be back with other questions. Beware!

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#9
November 15, 2010 at 19:31:07
Sounds like your mice were a bit tipsy to me but keep an eye on things and report back if there are any other issues.

How to know you are getting old 2:
Your feet seem further away from your hands


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