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Keyboard Mapping Mess Up


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#1 rulerofnewmexico

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:18 PM

First off, I'd like to say hi to everyone as this is my first post :thumbsup:

Ok, so about a week ago I got one of those viruses that seems to be popular these days. The one that doesn't let you open many applications and pops up that official looking but fake anti virus program, I'm sure most of you know the one. Anyway, I got rid of that using the suggested one-two punch of rkill and malwarebytes, which cleared it out. However, it left me with a few parting gifts.

The first thing it did I was able to fix quite easily, which was somehow make it so that Windows didn't recognize my internet connection anymore (all I did for that was go to "Network Connections", disable the connection and create a new one). The second, and seemingly more insidious thing it did was remap some things on my keyboard. For example the end key not only does what it's supposed to do, but it also opens up the calculator and adds this: "+." wherever the cursor was. Ctrl+Alt+Delete no longer opens up the task manager, but puts the computer on standby (Alt+Esc also does that now too). I'm sure it changed other things as well, but I haven't run across them yet.

To fix it I've tried various key mapping programs to no affect. I've also tried several registry cleaners, they didn't work either. The next thing I'm afraid I'll have to do is reinstall the drivers for the keyboard, but it's a very old keyboard and I don't have a disk for it, nor can I tell what kind it is as the sticker has worn off long ago. So I was wondering if there was anything else that I could do to fix the problem? I'm running XP Pro SP 3. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:33 PM

Do you have a Window XP disc

You can try this command But it may ask you for I86 folder which is on the windows disk

Make sure you are the administrator and Go to start run cmd and press enter

run this command

sfc /scannow That command will verify Protection System Files and revert them to normal configurations from Microsoft if something change. If anything is currupt like .dll files it will ask for the CD but this is a trail-error scenario.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:48 PM

How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/

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A step backward, IMO.

XP installs the keyboard drivers, unless you are using a non-typical keyboard. I would uninstall the drivers (in Device Manager) and reboot.

Edited by hamluis, 11 August 2010 - 01:50 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2010 - 02:21 PM

I've done both the Sfc.exe and tried uninstalling the keyboard, both didn't work and now I'm totally at a loss for what to do next :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 03:06 PM

Then...I'd say that you might consider the possibility that your system is still infected. Or your keyboard is kaput. At least, that would be my line of thought.

Sfc /scannow replaces damaged/missing system files...but it won't do anything with malware.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:30 PM

Ha! That was it, the keyboard was fried. I was sure it was a software issue :flowers: Anyway I replaced that old thing with a new one and everything is working great now, boy do I feel like kicking myself. Eh well, all's well that ends well, thanks for your help guys :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:45 PM

Glad we could help

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