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Unexplained Clicking Behavior In Windows


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#1 skylar

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 07:18 PM

This has been bothering me for a couple weeks now and I finally decided I would try and look for help..


My start menu will close as soon as I open it (as if I clicked twice) - I can get it to stay after several attempts (quick clicking seems to work sometimes)

In any [windowed] file/folder view if I click on the window at all it takes me back to the previous page, if I click on the window tab (to minimize the window) it does the same (tho I can alt+tab out of the window or just give up on it and let it go back to the previous window) - It's in my ITunes as well.. strangely it seems to be the only other program I can think of that it's effecting as well. When I click on ITunes it is as if I told it to go back (or play the previous song) VERY IRRITATING haha

Running Windows XP Home Edition
I can't think of any other piece of software/hardware that might be helpful, let me know if you guys need any other info.
Also I've run several avg-anti virus scans (and it's found a couple changes to some system files.. which worries me but I don't know what to do about them)

I'm thinking the problem lies with explorer.exe

A problem I had in the past but went away each time after a couple days - (lasting after reboots)

My navigation bar at the bottom of my screen would freeze completely.. as well as a lot of windowed objects (and the task manager too sometimes :flowers: I really really hate hard reboots)


So at this time I'm going to look into replacing explorer.exe with a new copy perhaps... and hopefully it hasn't been patched in the past :\
It seems like the best idea I can think of and I will reply with the result.

I would appreciate any help or ideas you guys can give me. Really, this thing is making me go insane :thumbsup:

Edited by skylar, 09 September 2007 - 07:19 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:28 PM

Did you already scan for spyware as well?

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 08:48 PM

Doing an Ad-Aware system scan right now, haven't done one of these in a long time but I use firefox so I never really notice any spy related issues and I didn't believe this problem would have do with with spyware.. but i'll check anyways :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:11 PM

The most effective way to run your scans is in the safe mode, your applications will not be active and hopefully neither will be what ever you are looking for.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:40 PM

Nope, i even found something really critical.. but it didn't fix it.. anyone know how I can replace explorer.exe safely?

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:44 AM

If you have your XP CD you can try running the System File Checker (SFC).

How to Use SFC.EXE to Repair System Files
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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:31 AM

Nope :thumbsup: the xp cd didn't come with my laptop

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 04:46 AM

I'm thinking it is unlikely that it is the explorer.exe file that is the problem, but some malware could be using explorer to do it's dirty work. Do a search on your hard drive for any explorer.exe files. The "legimate" one should be in C:\Windows. If you find one in C:\Windows\System32 then you probably have a Trojan.

If you want to try replacing the "legimate" explorer file then you could try coping it from a friend who has Windows XP Home.
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