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October 9, 2012 12:38:01 AM

Hello,

Recently, my keyboard has been pressing keys by itself, and my mouse has also been clicking by itself. I thought I might just have out of date drivers (both keyboard and mouse are Razer products) but this wasn't the case. They aren't wireless, so it's not interference from elsewhere.

I opened notepad to see what keys were actually being pressed, and it was typing out sentences that I have already typed in the past (Facebook chat conversations, in-game conversations, even the WASD and other keys I frequently use in a few different games) Something is remembering my keypresses / mouse clicks... :sweat: 

I have scanned with Malwarebytes and AVG multiple times, but it appears my PC is not infected.

I have no idea what it is. It doesn't do it very often, I've noticed it twice in the past few weeks, for a few minutes each time. I've also noticed that each time, the same text has come up, part of a conversation I had with someone on facebook.

It's getting me worried... I have been using my internet banking account recently and I don't really want something remembering my keypresses while I'm doing that.

I do share a home network with my dad, could it be possible he has some software that monitors what I'm typing? I really don't know what it is!

My apologies for the wall of text, any help would be greatly appreciated!

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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2012 12:45:17 AM

lol, good luck with that.

1) disable all network connections
2) reformat system and restart with a fresh windows install
3) get yourself a good quality firewall (like an ASUS with DD-WRT on it)
4) never ever do any online banking with that computer, or at that IP address ever again
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2012 1:54:52 AM

Hi :) 

You have a KEYLOGGER installed...

EITHER by your father (talk to him) or a VIRUS...and AVG couldnt find a bottle of beer in a brewery lol...

Use NORTON...

All the best Brett :) 
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2012 2:03:08 AM

also ask your dad to check is system since your on the same network and do what Caeden V suggest you
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October 9, 2012 2:23:10 AM

Don't just check your PC. If you share a network with your Dad, check his PC too. It's possible that it's not your PC that is infected, but his. And yours is accessed over your shared network.

Try running different antivirus progs, too.


Edit: Got beaten to it. :) 
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October 9, 2012 3:05:05 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

You have a KEYLOGGER installed...

This had crossed my mind, but would a key logger work like this? Typing the characters on my screen clearly for me to see?

The keyboard is a razer blackwidow which does have extra macro keys, I checked the razer software just to make sure I haven't accidentally recorded a macro or something but that's not the case. Wouldn't explain the mouse clicks either.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2012 3:28:52 AM

ya, follow waht brett said as well. Get some real antivirus on there.

But start with the reformat. You don't mess with crap like keyloggers. You are never sure they are gone until you nuke the system and start over. Do not re-attach to the network until:
1) all computers are checked and have real antivirus
2) a real router with real filtering is installed
3) you have proper passwords on all machines to prevent hackers (or prankster family members) from doing crap like this.
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October 9, 2012 3:40:52 AM

BEFORE ANYTHING.
Don't install norton, Bloatware like no other.
also, yep, keylogger.
they had a few installed at my university
the shady corners in the library, apparently people were pulling up porn or something....
But yeah, its a keylogger, poke around your temp folder.
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October 9, 2012 3:41:02 AM

I recommend first letting the bank know about the issue. Ie you need a whole new banking system. If the bank's fraud team wants your computer let them borrow it to catch the thief. If not format the hard drive and get yourself two new magnets plus hard drive with a cracked mirror.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 9, 2012 3:52:57 AM

I don't recommend running antivirus software from inside the already apparantly extremely compromised OS, Might be ok to run it in safe mode but you never know what could get into safe mode aswell. There are plenty of free anti virus software rescue cds and its where I would start. Kaspersky/Avira/I think avg has one/ theres loads more but really take your time and be thorough.

Or you could just reformat the drive and bish bash bosh your done. Though I would run antivirus before even thinking about copying over any important data to a hard drive.
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October 9, 2012 3:56:00 AM

Kiowa789 said:
BEFORE ANYTHING.
Don't install norton, Bloatware like no other.
also, yep, keylogger.
they had a few installed at my university
the shady corners in the library, apparently people were pulling up porn or something....
But yeah, its a keylogger, poke around your temp folder.

norton is not the bloatware it once was. It is still nanny-ware and tells you what you can and cannot do with your computer (which I do not like), but for antivirus it is oddly the best (or at least one of the best) out there right now.
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October 9, 2012 4:19:21 AM

I'd still run all and every antivirus/malware detection prog to have a chance to identify what actually causes the "issue", before wiping the system.

It's better to know what hit you to maybe have a better chance to either avoid getting hit by it again and/or to know what to look for the next time. Maybe you even get an idea where you (or your dad) got it from.
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October 9, 2012 4:46:10 AM

I've used ESET and configured it to tell me who are trying to send or received data on my PC. Try also to open task manager and go to processing tab and check if something suspicious is running.
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October 9, 2012 3:16:23 PM

Ok, I figured out the problem and oh boy do I feel like a moron :) 

My keyboard and mouse have macro capabilities. It turns out I accidentally wrote a macro which recorded my keypresses while I was gaming and chatting on facebook.

It appears that the Razer Synapse software has 3 seperate macro recording sections. 1 for keyboard, 1 for mouse, and 1 "general" macro recorder. I had checked the keyboard and mouse part, but only just found out about the third one. This is where the macro was recorded, and this is what recorded my keypresses / clicks.

Thanks for all the replies in this thread, I'll be sure to come here again if I ever have any issues with anything else, cheers!
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