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Keystrokes doing strange things. Virus scan says I'm clean.

by robertlee79 / August 21, 2006 12:54 PM PDT

I have a proble+m with +my keyboard. When I hit certain keys +my co+mputer does strange things.

Here's a list of things I've found wrong:

"u" brings up windows standby +mode.
"end" places a period where the cursor is.
"m" types +m
"7" opens my IE home page
right bracket - shuts down windows

I haven't knowingly changed and key settings. Virus scan co+mes up negative. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Strange things
by Darton Fury / August 21, 2006 2:28 PM PDT

Are you the only user of this computer?

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robertlee, it is hard to say why, what language are u using+
by DarCLew2 / August 21, 2006 3:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Strange things

And were is this occuring? I was on a site and I was doing the same error, type in a link and it would look like http://3D for it was changed to plain text from html format. There isn't a 3D site!
Go to Control Panel and open Regional and Language Icon. Middle Tab says Languages, click on that. The two boxes at the bottom are unchecked for English. Click on Details, Advanced Tab boxes are unchecked. What is the setup for Keyboard? Default is (English) Devorak, I changed it to United States-International Click on Add if it is in some other way. You can add different languages here and in front of the hide button, when you reboot, they will be on the taskbar in a rectangler box, right click and all you selected will be there and you can right click it to change languages. If it is another language, that may be the odd characters you are getting or somewhere you created shortcuts using your keyboard.

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Windows keyboard shortcuts overviewUse shortcut keys as an alternative to the mouse when working in Windows. You can open, close, and navigate the Start menu, desktop, menus, dialog boxes, and Web pages using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts may also make it easier for you to interact with your computer.
Click a heading, or press TAB to highlight a heading, and then press ENTER.
General keyboard shortcuts

Press To
CTRL+C Copy.
CTRL+V Paste.
CTRL+Z Undo.
DELETE Delete.
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item.
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create shortcut to selected item.
F2 Rename selected item.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text.
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
CTRL+A Select all.
F3 Search for a file or folder.
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item.
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program.
ALT+Enter Displays the properties of the selected object.
ALT+SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.
CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.
ALT+TAB Switch between open items.
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu.
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu.
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command.
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
F5 Refresh the active window.
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
ESC Cancel the current task.
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

Press To
CTRL+TAB Move forward through tabs.
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through tabs.
TAB Move forward through options.
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through options.
ALT+Underlined letter Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option.
ENTER Carry out the command for the active option or button.
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box.
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons.
F1 Display Help.
F4 Display the items in the active list.
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

Natural keyboard shortcuts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts with a Microsoft Natural Keyboard or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key () and the Application key ().

Press To
Display or hide the Start menu.
+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box.
+D Show the desktop.
+M Minimize all windows.
+Shift+M Restores minimized windows.
+E Open My Computer.
+F Search for a file or folder.
CTRL+ +F Search for computers.
+F1 Display Windows Help.
+ L Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.
+R Open the Run dialog box.
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
+U Open Utility Manager.

Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Press To
Right SHIFT for eight seconds Switch FilterKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
SHIFT five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.
NUM LOCK for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.
+U Open Utility Manager.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Press To
END Display the bottom of the active window.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.


You must associate a password with your user account to secure it from unauthorized access. If you do not have a password associated with your user account, pressing the +L will not prevent other users from accessing your account information.
Some keyboard shortcuts may not work if StickyKeys is turned on in Accessibility Options.
If you are connected to Windows through Microsoft Terminal Services Client, some shortcuts have changed. For more information, see the online documentation for Terminal Services Client.
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Is computer desktop or laptop ?
by Papa Echo / August 21, 2006 5:56 PM PDT

If laptop, you may have a stuck or "untoggled" "function activating key", i.e. the key which changes the use of a key for something else. In this connection, you may also have activated the incorporated numerical keyboard. If those are the problems, then what you think you are typing wasn't, because the function key (mine is marked Fn, and is blue in color)changes the function of some keys to something else.

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Don't Care What your Vius Scans Say.............
by Trance_Zac / August 21, 2006 6:50 PM PDT

Thay's a malicious Keystroke Program instagated by a Trojan.
See, a Trojan is not actually a Virus as it does not replicate itselft, it's refered to as a "Joke Progam"

Try running ALL your Malware Scans in Safe Mode.

If still no results go to & run the on-line scan

It is absolutely a Malware Issue - Don't Quit "till You KILL IT!!!!!!!!

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Malicious program.
by Papa Echo / August 21, 2006 7:18 PM PDT

Great posibility. Maybe it can be confirmed by brining up the ''Windows Task Manager'', and see what program is running ? (Ctrl+Alt+Del)

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Wouldn't That Be Sweet,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
by Trance_Zac / August 21, 2006 7:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Malicious program.

If we could just see a Trojan in process & delete it???

"fraid not kiddos", if scans don't pick it up, you're pretty much screwed as to an EZ delete

Sure if you know the name of the Trojan, just type it in Searh & delete - but we all know THAT TROJANS NEVER GIVE UP THIER NAMES UNTILL THEY'RE CAUGHT!!!!

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