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Ctrl Button Hooked?

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#1 MikeMcSomething


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Posted 10 July 2006 - 09:28 PM

Hey all, recently pressing my CTRL button began to open Microsoft Outlook, which was extremely disruptive because many video games I play make extensive use of that button and when I press CTRL it minimizes the current program to display outlook. If I press CTRL again, it returns me to MS outlook from whatever app was running. If I press CTRL like 10 times or so over the course of an evening and I go to close outlook, it will re-open 10 times before it closes for good. I don't really use MS office much anyway and I thought I had the CD laying around for a reinstall so I removed MS office, and now when I press CTRL I get a small dialog box saying :

Windows cannot find C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE Make sure you typed the file name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

A new box will open every time I press CTRL and I'm not sure if I somehow bound CTRL to run outlook (??) or if this was a result of some malware. I previously had a malicious program that would run calc.exe every time I pressed the ALT button so I think these 2 things might be related, but I am not sure how to go about fixing this problem. You guys do excellent work for everyone and I was wondering if maybe you had some advice ?

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:37 AM

Windows is trying to load Outlook.exe but cannot locate it. You removed the file but there is still a regsitry entry that is telling Windows to to load it when you start up. When Windows loads, it looks for any files associated with registry entries for programs that are set to run at startup. If the file was removed/deleted but not the associated registry entry, Windows will display an error message indicating that the file was not found. You need to remove the related registry entry so Windows stops searching for these programs when it loads. That can usually be resolved using msconfig.

However, since you said you had a malicious program that affected calc.exe, you may not have removed the entire infection or there may be other malware present. Lets have a deeper look as to what's going on with your system by creating a hijackthis log.

Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log".
When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post the log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

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