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Viruses that affect the keyboard

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March 8, 2011 8:53:08 PM

I have already repeatedly browsed and asked at other sites about an ongoing seemingly "virus" issue with my keyboard and pc. Yes, I am aware that a keyboard cannot get a virus. However, it seems something has attacked the functionality of my keyboard. Let me explain. About 5 days ago, I started up my pc, went to do some typing and could not. When I typed t I would get t7, b I would get b5. Strange but then the cursor decided to go off down the page without stopping, as if the space bar was stuck. This was a microsoft wireless so I changed the batteries, no help. Uninstalled and reinstalled drivers, no help. Finally bought a wired keyboard and got the same issue. Became suspicious and decided to do a random scan. Up to this point, I believed my virus scan was working as it should but found it had been disabled. Close of scan found 2 java trojans, 3 generic trojans. Decided to do a search on viruses that affect the keyboard function but unfortunately I haven't gotten any responses to my calls for help yet. The new keyboard now will not use the space bar typeswordstogether just like that. I got frustrated when I tried a suggestion of combo fix and just shut the whole thing down. Upon start up, I saw a black screen and was told that the pc cound not find system config choose one: only one available was Profile 1, I chose that and once up and running found that the keyboard was still not working. One other thing, after scanning my system (with AVG) I found a program in my add removes called ContextualPlatformAdWorldMarketplace or something like that. I just deleted upon finding info on it, it vanished without a hitch which worried me even more. Btw, I checked the region language too, says English so that can't be it. Also, back in October, I had another nasty round of viruses which prompted me to switch to AVG in the first place. I am not certain but suspect that there is a possibility that it never cleaned up the mess back then. I've tried paid and free, tons of different ones and none seem fool proof. Then again, if a virus can disable your virus protection I guess it really doesn't matter. I primarily cruise cooking sites and the last download I did was 3 days before the problem started for an mmorpg called Perfect World. I need help with this badly. I'm a writer that needs my keyboard and pc back if possible, anything you could do would be greatly appreciated.
a c 117 à CPUs
March 9, 2011 1:11:15 AM

Well,whatever you write hopefully it isn't structured like this post lol!
I would download and update Malwarebytes.
Run a full scan in safemode.
I also recommended MSE antivirus.
If that doesn't resolve your issues i suggest you save important files and re-install your O/S.
Whatever it is.
a b à CPUs
March 9, 2011 2:29:40 AM

Yeppers. Format the drive and install from scratch. It's the only way once you've been infected that badly.
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a c 122 à CPUs
March 9, 2011 2:37:09 AM


Install and run em. In safe mode.
March 16, 2011 2:40:02 PM

Just so you know, malwarebytes already had a go at this during the round of viruses in October. In fact, it would not run in safe mode, showed some type of error but would not uninstall so that I could re-download it to correct the error nor would it update. Once I have the hard drive wiped, I will run all of the ones recommended. Hopefully that does it, thanks for all the input and even a critique I was least expecting. Didn't have the time nor the energy to bother with structure, glad you got the problem just the same! Thanks again.
a b à CPUs
March 16, 2011 4:54:29 PM

Keyboards can NOT get viruses.

Now, its possible the interface they work with can be virused; IE: I can write a virus that will randomize the output of every key you type, but you can't virus the keyboard itself.

Anyway, MSE + MalwareBytes is really all you need. You won't ever stop 100% of infections, but you can easily stop 99%+ of them.