Virus? Typing as if Demo W/O any keyboard input;Anywhere you would  fill in.

Posted on 2003-10-29
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Last Modified: 2010-04-11
Windows XP with up to date Norton system has words typed in as if there was someone there. It happens in WORD and about everywhere a keyboard input is required. Not just mixed letters as if Keyboard error, but words tho not logical. PS Oh; how do you start XP in safe mode?
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Expert Comment

ID: 9643530
Start XP in safe mode by pressing the F8 key just after the BIOS screen (or startup banner) disappears and before the Windows banner appears.  I usually press the key rapidly several times just to make sure I get into it.


Accepted Solution

th0masc earned 500 total points
ID: 9643552
One other obvious thing to check:  You don't have any "speech to text" program installed on your computer, do you?  If so, be sure it's deactivated.

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Expert Comment

ID: 9647765
I agree with thOmmasc. You haven't turned off XP's built in voice recognition software. It happened to me and it is VERY errie!

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Expert Comment

ID: 9651887
"After you install Office XP and turn on speech recognition and handwriting recognition, these features become part of the operating system and cannot be removed--even if you remove the feature in Maintenance Mode of Office XP Setup."

hmmm, very eerie indeed.

Expert Comment

ID: 9652999
The CIA and KGB dream about things like this.

Expert Comment

ID: 9653871
Also you should insure that there are no hardware key loggers installed on you machine. They may look like some sort of adapter possibly cabled or not connected between your keyboard and cpu. http://www.keyghost.com is one such example.

Author Comment

ID: 9815435
I still haven't gone to see the computer. I'm waiting a call to go out there. Apparently it has stopped by it's self. ?????

Expert Comment

ID: 9819213
Could be a number of things:

1)  If it is a speech-to-text program causing the problem, the microphone could have been unplugged or muted.

2)  The user could have randomly hit a keystroke that disabled the source of the problem.

3)  The person playing a practical joke on the user just got tired and gave up.

You may never know...



Expert Comment

ID: 9894390
I agree about the likelihood of speech-to-text being the problem -- Windows XP acts very strangely when it picks up bits of garbled conversation and the speech recognition engine is on.  It's especially insidious since it stops when you're sitting quietly in your office alone, but immediately gets worse when you bring other people in and start talking about the problem...

Author Comment

ID: 9894806
This was a customer that called me about 3 times and was waiting until it started up again. It's been about a month and I haven't heard from her so I have no idea what's happened. Obviously it's stopped or she would have called.
Will keep this open until I can find her # and call to find out more.

Author Comment

ID: 10023176
I want to close this Question!  HOW?

Author Comment

ID: 10286384
Acceplted answer. I told this lady over the phone to disable her voice, so later I called and she said it was disabled already but I haven't heard back from hersince.  

Author Comment

ID: 10286385
Acceplted answer. I told this lady over the phone to disable her voice, so later I called and she said it was disabled already but I haven't heard back from hersince.  

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