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WIN XP SP3 - pressing CTRL runs the browser?!?!

by barjakxxx / October 15, 2009 2:37 AM PDT

I have winxp sp3, legal version, automatic updates.

From yesterday, whenever I press CTRL, my default browser launches.

I had Chrome, I uninstalled it, but the story goes on with IE. If the browser is turned on, pressing ctrl opens blank page.

Any ideas?

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Why the note about "legal"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 2:56 AM PDT
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More info
by barjakxxx / October 15, 2009 5:33 AM PDT

Hey, thx for the answer.

Here's some more info:

I don't have the: HKEY_current_user\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey

I found(it's pasted at the end of this message): HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AppKey]

If I delete or set to an empty string the key 7(stands for WebHome according to the link you recommended), the following changes happen:
1) pressing CTRL runs IE, and not Chrome(Chrome is the default) like it used to
2) it runs only from Win Explorer type of windows(e.g MY Computer or My Documents). It doesn't run from other windows(e.g. regedit or total commander) like it used to
It's a bit better, but still annoying.

Here's the hkey.L.M\...\AppKey before any changes:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00







Hope that you can help...

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Alter the appkey 7 for a trial run.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 5:39 AM PDT
In reply to: More info
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I tried that already..
by barjakxxx / October 15, 2009 5:56 AM PDT

I tried that already(disabling the ApiKey 7).

But pressing ctrl still launches browser(if I am in e.g. My Computer window.)

Also, if I am working in a browser, pressing ctrl will open the home page as well.

Should I try something else?

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Still that odd legal comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 17, 2009 9:48 PM PDT
In reply to: I tried that already..

It makes me wonder why that was offered. There may be a clue there.

Back to the machine. I rarely offer this but post your HIJACKTHIS log file for a look see for any keyboard enhancers.

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Still that legal issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 6:06 AM PDT

I wonder if this was a pirate version and now legal. These often have trojans, key loggers and more and they odd ball behavior is a bad sign.

Visit our Spyware forum for ideas on how to find these things.

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