I'm having a problem which is strangely affecting both my laptop and my PC. Both run on XP Pro SP3.
The desktop Icons & Programs open as properties unless I right click, then click open, plus the keyboard acts as if the alt key is pressed and either some keys don't work, or just type alternatives, such as accents etc.
The PC was unable to carry out a system restore, as the "next" buttons couldn't be operated. However, after a couple of restarts, it did then appear to be normal and I carried out a restore going back to the 1st April which is as far as I can go back. Unfortunately, this didn't work. It did however make a difference to the laptop. it is now usable, but if I leave it running unused, it reverts back to its old tricks.
I saw that someone else on here had a similar problem and have followed the procedure as directed on this link http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic413307.html/page__st__15
Obviously I can't post them on here from the PC, but I can copy them to an external drive hopefully and then post them from the laptop. My problem is, I'm worried that if it is a virus, will it transfer?
I'm at a loss as to how this has affected both machines, but if its any help, I had recently used Ccleaner on both. However, I hadn't messed with any of the check boxes, so would have been as normal, but the program had just been updated on both. Is this a likely cause?
FYI, I run Avast free on the Sony Vaio laptop and Eset Smart security on the Dell PC. Both have scanned and shown nothing.
I have downloaded Sophos virus removal tool, but still nothing.
In addition to the list of instructions provided in the above thread, I have updated and run the following in safe mode on both machines and come up with nothing:
Dr Web Cureit
I've been searching for ideas and found a number of forums suggested this -
Start--Run and type in: regsvr32 /i shell32 I thought doing this had worked
initially as the PC ran as normal, but again only for a couple of minutes then reverted back to normal.
After carrying out the process in the above thread, I have saved all the logs, in addition to the list run in safe mode and also have now run a Hijackthis report.
all can be posted if it helps, as they don't mean much to the untrained eye such as mine.
One other thing, since this has been happening, on 3 occasions whilst running some form of scan, the PC has crashed and thrown a Blue Screen saying windows had to close.
Not sure if any of this is related, but last year my PC was running really slow and then crashed. A friend looked at it and appeared to get it running again, but the CD/DVD burner no longer worked. So I can't burn from itunes or WMP. I was advised to try CDburner, which does work most times, but its not ideal and I just wonder if I have some hidden virus in my system.
However, the CD burner is the least of my issues and probably needs to be in a seperate thread, so won't rabbit on about that.
Phew, I hope there is enough meat for someone to chew at here as I'm climbing the walls trying to resolve this problem.
I'm feeling either a full reinstallation or nervous breakdown coming on very shortly, in fact, it may be both if I have to start from scratch!
Thanks for reading this, but I hope its not sent you to sleep and desperately hope someone can throw some light on the dismall situation.
Cheers and Pip Pip
Edit: I forgot to say, I've recently noticed that whenever I carry out a search, the top of the list is always traffic.adwitty.com
I've never seen this untill the past couple of weeks and downright annoying, but I can assume there is some spyware attached to this which isn't showing up in my scans!