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My computer keyboard is typing wrong symbols

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January 26, 2012 6:29:03 PM

hello
please help me computer keyboard is typing wrong symbols
a b D Laptop
January 26, 2012 7:06:09 PM

It sounds like your keyboard configuration has been changed, take a look at THIS to check the current layout and change it back. When you bring up the Region and Language box (intl.cpl in the Start button typing box) go under the Keyboards and Languages tab and hit the change keyboards button to see what is set.

Many laptops have a keyboard combination that will change the layout, you probably just accidentally hit that combination.
January 26, 2012 7:53:59 PM

Maybe try holding the FN key (Function) and pressing either F9 or F11 at the same time.
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January 26, 2012 8:18:39 PM

Last time I saw that it was a major virus on a laptop.
a b D Laptop
January 26, 2012 8:25:10 PM

geekapproved said:
Last time I saw that it was a major virus on a laptop.


Sadly, the last time I saw this problem it was too much beer and my fingers were on the wrong keys, but that's another story entirely. :ouch: 
February 15, 2013 11:33:52 PM

Virus? I was attempting to type my email address and, with my fingers on the home keys, the letters would not type correctly. About 15 seconds of fiddling and everything was fine. My first thought was a virus and I immediately stopped and googled the problem. Nothing of concern came up so I continued. Is there need for concern? Currently running a scan.
a b D Laptop
February 16, 2013 12:43:15 PM

You should always have an up to date virus scanner running if you visit sites that are not completely trustworthy, but it is more likely that you inadvertently changed the keyboard setting as I said in my first post to the OP.
February 16, 2013 1:28:35 PM

RealBeast said:
You should always have an up to date virus scanner running if you visit sites that are not completely trustworthy, but it is more likely that you inadvertently changed the keyboard setting as I said in my first post to the OP.


Thanks RealBeast. I'm think I'm sufficiently armoured-up, I've run ESET NOD32 for the last several years. Now MES and Malwarebytes are also in the arsenal. Nothing came of any of those scans so I imagine that your original diagnosis was the issue. Thanks again.
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