pulsating pointer

Posted on 2006-11-27
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Very recently on my laptop, my pointer is acting strange. It goes from the normal pointer to one with a busy sign (hourglass) next to it every second, and then changes back again. Like its counting the seconds. Even when I have nothing running.

Any ideas what is causing this?


Question by:staggs28
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You may have a virus or Malware ..
You could try downloading and running this free version of Ewido anti-malware.    
Update first, then scan in Safe mode:

Then you could try these free virus scanners, as no one scanner can guarantee finding & fixing everything.
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You're probably already running a virus scanner?   Suggest temporarily disabling it before running the online virus scanners above, to prevent interaction.

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How do I scan in safe mode? Downloaded the first of your suggestions.
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If you already have a virus scanner, it may be performing a scan and that's why your cursor is changing.  Open up task manager, switch to processes, see what's using your CPU the most.  My bet is its a virus scan.

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I tried all of you sugestion and nothing worked. I've just noticed however what is causing the problem. I had a sony memory stick in the inbuilt card reader. When I took it out the pulsating stopped. I put it back in and no problems as of yet. I'll keep this question open a couple of days if things reappear. Thanks for you help!
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Glad you appear to have found the problem.  If it doesn't recurr, you may wish to retrieve your points.  Thanks.
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