Cursor moving on its own - not sure how to fix

May 25, 2018 12:52PM PDT

Hi guys, first time poster here so hopefully I'm doing this right.

Within the past week, my cursor has started to wander with a mind of its own. Out of nowhere, it will just slowly move down and to the left of my monitor, and therefore trying to click anything is very annoying and takes 5 times longer than usual.

As of now, it seems the only solution is to restart my computer. I've tried unplugging it and plugging it back in with no success. That seems to tell me it might be a software issue, but I'm not 100% sure so I am posting here.

Some info:
OS: Windows 10
Mouse: Corsair glaive
If any other information is needed to help find a solution, please let me know!

Thank you!

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Clarification Request
Is it a laptop?
May 25, 2018 1:09PM PDT

Touchpad can cause this. Turn it off and see if that stops happening. Is the mouse a wifi type? Check the battery.

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Desktop, should've included that
May 25, 2018 1:18PM PDT

Desktop PC, wired USB mouse

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try the mouse in different usb port
May 25, 2018 1:25PM PDT

unplug the mouse and see if the cursor will then move on it's own. If it stops, then time for a new mouse.

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Keeps moving after unplugged and in different USB port
May 25, 2018 1:28PM PDT

So not the mouse itself then?

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I think the test would be.
May 25, 2018 1:31PM PDT

I read JD's instruction to unplug the mouse and see if it stops. If you plug it in, you can't tell if that's it.

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I tested it unplugged and it kept moving
May 25, 2018 1:36PM PDT

I tested both it being unplugged and then plugging it into another port. Both produced a cursor still moving on its own

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were you on internet at time?
May 25, 2018 1:42PM PDT

I'm thinking malware at this point.

Should also ask if anyone else use this computer with a wireless mouse and left the receiver in it?

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Yes, constantly on internet watching streams and playing
May 25, 2018 1:44PM PDT

And no, nobody else uses this computer but me. No wireless mice ever being connected

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drop the internet connection
May 25, 2018 1:46PM PDT

actually unplug the LAN cord, or pull the wifi device, however you are connected, see if it stops moving then. If it does, then I'd certainly consider it a malware problem.

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Unplugged ethernet cable and no change, still moves
May 25, 2018 1:49PM PDT

Cursor still moves even without being connected to internet... I'm so lost

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that makes both of us
May 25, 2018 2:10PM PDT

just check to be sure no wifi receiver for mouse was put into a port by someone else. Reason I mention is I used to have fun with my youngest by doing that trick and when she'd be deep into Paint program, I'd turn on the mouse in next room and give it a circle and shut back off, just to hear her squeal, LOL. She got really good at computers and hacking my router 20 ways to sunday to get back onto it. I was actually glad she was learning. She's 19 now.

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how old is this desktop?
May 25, 2018 2:14PM PDT

I'm wondering if it's from the age of "bad capacitors" aka "capacitor plague", there's a wiki all about that.

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Built this PC 2 summers ago...
May 25, 2018 2:37PM PDT

Also, it's working fine now. Started up a game of Rocket League and when I was alt-tabbed during a game, it was working fine

Edit: Now its back...

Post was last edited on May 25, 2018 2:56 PM PDT

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Just a Thought... Have You Tried This?
May 25, 2018 4:23PM PDT

Open the Control Panel, then the "Mouse" icon, then the "Pointer Options", then UNCHECK the box next to "Enhance Pointer Precision". Apply, then OK.

Hope this helps.


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Feb 15, 2020 9:23AM PST

Mine only does it when the internet is on? Could it be malware? If so how do I remove it? I've already done a clean boot but it didn't prevent my cursor from moving upon startup while the internet is on. Thank you!

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Feb 15, 2020 9:28AM PST

Did you try using an external mouse? That will rule out a mouse hardware issue.

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Moving pointer
Feb 15, 2020 9:32AM PST

Yes. When I use an external mouse it does the same thing. The only thing that stops it is when I disconnect my internet.

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Feb 15, 2020 12:58PM PST

Have you tried that and maybe see if there are viruses? Please let me know because I'm good at computers.

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Moving Pointer
Feb 18, 2020 6:40PM PST

Things I've tried: a clean reboot, turned bluetooth off and removed software mouses/devices that I did not recognize. My antivirus software says everything's fine, but I do notice it blacks a lot of IP Addresses. I only use my touchpad and my pointer moves by itself only when I leave my wifi connected (from previous use) when I launch start-up. It's a refurbished laptop from Walmart. Any advice?

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Dec 24, 2018 3:17PM PST

I recently had this happen, I eventually figured out that my USB 6axis controller was under the desk and had a bag of candy on it, forcing one of the sticks to tilt upwards. I felt like a dummy afterwards.

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Get a cat and...
Dec 24, 2018 3:26PM PST

you'll see similar things, Devil

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Thank you!
Sep 26, 2019 4:16PM PDT

Literally made an account to thank you haha. Unplugged all my usb cords from the back, forgot about the front!

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Oct 23, 2019 2:50PM PDT

Duh! Never dawned on me. Owe you big time. Thanks!

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Did you fix the problem ?
Jun 6, 2019 11:17PM PDT

How did you do?

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Nov 10, 2019 10:31PM PST

one of the reason is that your computer might be connected to someones bluetooth mouse .. thats why the cursor is moving . Disable your bluetooth & check if its still happenig ?

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I have the same problem as demonhalo08
Nov 25, 2019 12:57PM PST

Same issue. unplug mouse and internet. problem persists

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This seems to have fixed my randomly wandering cursor
Nov 26, 2019 11:22AM PST

I had exactly the same issue as demonhalo08. My fix was to go into the control panel (Windows 7) go to mouse controls and check the box under pointer options "hide cursor while typing." So far so good after 24 hours.

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My mousepad causes this problem
Jan 12, 2020 3:50AM PST

When I remove the mouse pad the problem goes away, use the mousepad it returns.

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