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Keyboard typing wrong characters in some applications

by Crandaddy09 / October 10, 2009 11:30 AM PDT

This just started happening last week. When I type in some applications, I get a random string of characters. For example, when I type the same character ("t") in Word, I was getting this string of characters: "5467890-=mqwertyuiop[]asdfghjkl;?`\zxcvbn", which looks suspiciously like the order of keys across the keyboard. I'm seeing this problem in Word, Excel, iTunes, and some browser form fields, but not in the URL field of FireFox, or in the DOS prompt, for example.

I just bought a new keyboard (Logitech wireless) in case it's a hardware problem with the Dell original keyboard, and it's still happening even with the new keyboard. When I reboot, everything starts working fine again, until I go away for a while and come back. I'm running Vista Home Premium with SP 1 on a Dell DX061. The only changes I've made recently are re-installing Zone Alarm and adding a HP wireless networking card. Any thoughts?

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That's not a good sign.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2009 11:49 PM PDT
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Keyboard giving wrong characters
by MyMousePad / October 22, 2009 1:26 AM PDT

I have the same issue - just started a few weeks back.
Vista 64 Quad Core (Acer). I am running ZAES (Zone Alarm Extreme Security).
Tried all kinds of scans, have not found anything??
Somtimes it happens while I am at the computer also, even if I have not left it alone, like right in the middle of typing something. It also occurs when trying to login from the screen saver - thankful there is a screen keboard.

Would love to resolve this... could it be a Zone Alarm issue?

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Zone Alarm is issue
by MyMousePad / October 22, 2009 1:46 AM PDT

After reading you are using ZA - I went to their fourm and found this, which i will try also.

"Yes, I am now 100% sure that it is the antikeylogger.
Ever since I disabled it on both machines, the problem did not occur any more"

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