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Cursor moving on its own - not sure how to fix

by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 12:52 PM 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?
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 1:09 PM 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
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 1:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Is it a laptop?

Desktop PC, wired USB mouse

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try the mouse in different usb port
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 1:25 PM 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
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 1:28 PM PDT

So not the mouse itself then?

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I think the test would be.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2018 1:31 PM 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
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 1:36 PM 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?
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 1:42 PM 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
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 1:44 PM PDT

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

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drop the internet connection
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 1:46 PM 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
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 1:49 PM PDT

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

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that makes both of us
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 2:10 PM 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?
by James Denison / May 25, 2018 2:14 PM 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...
by demonhalo08 / May 25, 2018 2:37 PM 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?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 25, 2018 4:23 PM 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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