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Weird Flashes, Mouse Disappearing


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#1 Falu

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 03:05 PM

Hi all, :flowers:

It started this morning. I have a sidebar with buttons and in there a name of the application; so not an icon. From time to time there was something like a weak flash on/around the button.

After the flash the mousewheel didn't function anymore; I had to click in the screen to activate it again.
Things became worse and worse with time. Now it happens every 5-10 seconds and the cursos disappears as well. So it took some 6/7 minutes to type these lines, because I have to click again and again to be able to continue typing.

I Googled and came up with two explanations (nothing found on the flashes by the way):

1. enable mouse track in the configuartion pannel: doesn't make a difference!
2. Malware; I checked HJT and there is nothing in there.

The screensaver doesn't work anymore since, at the flash, the screen is activated!!

Anybody, any idea????? Much appreciated!!! :thumbsup:

(Moved to more appropriate forum at Falu's request. jgw)

Edited by jgweed, 05 April 2007 - 07:27 AM.


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Posted 04 April 2007 - 05:03 PM

Hi Falu!

I believe something is running in the backround take a look at the task manager! Hi Cpu? :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 07:25 AM

Hi Falu,

I am just as confused as you :thumbsup: .

Maybe you should have a quick look at this article: http://www.sophos.com/pressoffice/news/art...ani-cursor.html

Probably has nothing to do with it, but its worth the read.

I have a sidebar with buttons and in there a name of the application

Can you describe it and maybe tell us the name of the application?

Malware; I checked HJT and there is nothing in there.

Maybe you should do a silent runners log and scan with gmer. Just to double check.

Edited by Nebon, 05 April 2007 - 07:28 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2007 - 07:42 AM

Thanks for the response. :flowers:

Dasos: I checked taskmanager and there was nothing wrong in Programmes and nothing suspicious in Processes.
CPU changes between 0-7%.

Looking at the Propcesses I noticed that a highlighted process in blue was flashing as well every few seconds.
Not so in the Programmes!!!!

Thanks for the reference Nebon but I don't use an animated mouse.

I have a sidebar with buttons and in there a name of the application

Can you describe it and maybe tell us the name of the application?


I'll post a screenbleep later.

Very frustrating since I cann't type a word in one go! :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 03:38 PM

Hi,

Here is the screenbleep (yes new word):

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The sidebar with buttons with names in it is on the left!

Something new: when I drop a menu it disappears after a few seconds. :flowers:

Any ideas?? :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:08 PM

Hmm I cant see anything that does not look legit. That which you have pasted into irfan veiw is a Firefox exntension. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3383

Looks to me just like the taskbar is flipped onto the left. You got the start button at the top, quick links, open windows, then running processes at the bottom. I cant see what you mean. Can you please just circle or highlight it in some way?

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:16 PM

Okay.

The sidebar on the left has buttons: BeelpingComputer.com, Falu Photobucket, Pawsoft etc.

Those buttons flash and when that happens my mouse is gone!!

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:18 PM

Infact do you mean the whole bar on the left? If so you can 'right click' >> 'Properties' >> Then you will see the options to lock, auto-hide, keep the taskbar ontop of other windows, Show quick launch and group similar buttons.

If you want to hide it tick the autohide. If you want to stop if appearing whilst you have other windows open untick the 'keep the taskbar ontop of other windows' option. I do not know what these are in french unfortunately, but I presume the procedures are the same.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:21 PM

Hmm odd that they flash. I will have a look what visual effects you can have, try a couple and get back to you.

Those are just active windows by the way.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:24 PM

Maybe its a bug in the visual effects or something. Try this:
Change visual effects in System

1.Open System in Control Panel.

2.On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

3.On the Visual Effects tab, click Custom.

4.Clear the checkboxes for all items.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:28 PM

Just one or two flash. The topbar flashes at the moment where it says: BleepingComputer.com > Replying in..

and the bottom bar, where it says Ready.

This is really weard.

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:39 PM

Hmm, been reading around. Something to have a look at. Have a look at this page here: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=597239. Its about another user with a similar problem. One of the solutions was to somewhere in the below.

The Java Virtual Machine is a software "engine", as it were,
that allows a certain type of 'applet' to run on you system,
called Java, which is a rather commonly used type of script.

It is mostly called into play when your web browser lands on
a website which uses that kind of script, and your browser
is where to look for the type you have.

In an Internet Explorer browser window, click on Tools ->
Internet Options -> Advanced tab, and scroll down about
half way through the alphabetized list. You'll see a
heading for Microsoft VM. If you have Sun's Virtual Machine
you'll have another heading just above Microsoft VM that
says Java (Sun). It's possible that you have both installed.

Make a note of which headings are there and what is checked
under them to report back to me here.

Whether or not you have the entry for Java (Sun), uncheck
all the boxes under Microsoft VM. This will disable the
Microsoft Virtual Machine. If you do see Sun Java there,
make sure the box is checked next to 'Use Java 2 v*.**
for <applet> [requires restart]'. Then click Apply and OK
to end the dialog, and close all sessions (windows) of
the IE browser which are open (this is what is meant by
'restart' - shutting all browser sessions and restarting
the browser).

If you didn't see an entry for Java (Sun), you'll need to
install the Java Virtual Machine, or Java Runtime Environment,
which you can download and install from Java's page, here:
http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

I recommend the first button, which is an automated online
installation for Windows. You can go back to that page after
it's installed and check to see that it's working by clicking
on the 'Verify Installation' button to the right.

Once it's installed and running, you'll see a little coffee
cup appear in your System Tray (far right side of your Task
Bar) which will indicate when a Java applet on a web page
has activated the Java Runtime Environment. When you click
on the 'Verify Installation' button and you receive the
message telling you what version you have installed, take
a look at your System Tray, and you'll see the coffee cup.

Also notice that the cup will remain, even after you've
left the page which had a java applet on it. To close the
Java Runtime Environment entirely, you need to close the
browser session (window) that was used on the page with
java applet (evidenced by the disappearance of the cup).


Now, the next time you notice your cursor flickering,
take a look and see if Java is active in your system
tray. If it is, you can close the browser session that
is using Java and see if your cursor returns to normal
(and Task Manager indicates a lower CPU usage) after the
cup disappears.


Have you also had a go at disabling those visual effects?

Edited by Nebon, 05 April 2007 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:53 PM

It could also be a hardware issue. Have you installed any new drivers recently? Or changed the refresh rate?

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 04:59 PM

Thanks Nebon I'll give it a go tomorrow: midnight here and I am very tired!

Really appreciate your involvement!

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 05:09 PM

No problem. Glad to attempt to help :thumbsup: . Unfortunately it was only an attempt, well at the moment. Lets see what happens tomorrow.




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