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What is going on with my computer? (Details follow)

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11258points) April 25th, 2011

I have a relatively new computer with Windows 7. For about a day now, when I am typing…the cursor will skip around, highlight and delete things, or move back two to three spaces when I am typing a word. Even when I slow down, the cursor will skip backwards to add my newly typed letters in the middle of the previous word. It is getting very tedious to type…arrrrgh!

This is what it looks like if I don’t correct the errors:

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I have a virus program on the computer. Any ideas what is going on? It’s not the mouse as I adjusted that.


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serenityNOW's avatar

Maybe you have something leaning on a key. Perhaps a key is stuck. If you have a laptop, it might be a battery issue. (When one of my laptops started to act peculiar, it turned out the battery had swelled a little, and a new battery fixed it.)

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@jonfreed…..Even if it is a new computer?? It might need a new battery?

I don’t think it is a key. The cursor looks wonky….it shakes a bit and seems to be interfering with the typing, too…?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Its a laptop isn’t it? Your probably touching the touch pad thing as you type. There should be a setting in the driver to prevent this sort of thing.

WasCy's avatar

I suspect that it’s the touchpad. If you’re not used to working with one, or if the one you have is very sensitive, then sometimes just brushing “too close” to it with a thumb or (more likely) palm of the hand as you type relocates the cursor and resets the “insert point”, or “selects” blocks of text for “insert and replace.”

You can manually disable the touchpad if you don’t use it at all. My Logitech wireless mouse disables it (also in Windows 7) automatically when Windows boots and senses that the mouse is present (and guesses, I suppose, that I want it to take precedence over the touchpad).

I’m guessing that the computer is a laptop, and either you’re not used to the touchpad, or had it disabled previously (or less sensitive).

jerv's avatar

I have to say touchpad too. I do that all the time on my laptop :p

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

The touchpad is very sensitive….much more so than my previous laptop. I use it a lot.

What can I do (and where would I find the adjustment panel?) Can I just tone the sensitivity down?

Thanks so much…..lurve coming to all!

WasCy's avatar

Find it under Control Panel / Mouse (Windows 7). It will be one of the tabs there, and whether you can control its sensitivity will depend on whether that’s even an option for it. (I’ve never seen it, but I wouldn’t rule it out.)

With other laptops where I’ve not been able to disable it totally (because I never use it) I’ve had to learn to keep my wrists off the fore part of the machine, and my thumbs in the air.

john65pennington's avatar

At first, I started not to answer your question, because the other answers seem to fit your problem. But, then I remember a time when I had the same problem. I attempted to correct the wandering mouse with no luck. I finally ran a virus scan and was shocked to learn I had over 800 viruses on my computer. The viruses were running the show on my pc. One morning, as I turned on my computer, I was greeted with a big red Trojan on my screen, He had taken over my computer. I attempted several virus programs, but the Trojan had my computer lock, stock and barrel.

I politely disconnected everything and took my computer out in the woods and shot it to death.

I then bought another computer and bought the best virus system I could find.

Run a virus scan and see what happens.

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