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29 Jan 2012, 5:33 pm

It's a Windows 7 (I have a strong hatred for Windows 7 after I bought this computer) It messes up SO MUCH. Like if I'm posting something and hit backspace, even when it looks fine and not like I'm doing anything but backspacing, it goes back a whole page! Plus the screen minimizes easily and sometimes I accidentally open a page in a new window, or close a page completely WITHOUT EVEN CLICKING ON ANYTHING. I'm so pissed off at all the stupid things it does, it's nearly impossible to even use! How do I stop my computer from acting like a little arse hole?


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29 Jan 2012, 6:11 pm

Is it a laptop with a touch-pad mouse? I had to turn the one off on my laptop due to it keep misinterpreting touches from the heel of my hand as clicks or double clicks which caused havoc moving the cursor about randomly and opening closing things etc. Bought a USB mouse and all the problems went away.


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30 Jan 2012, 8:25 pm

Stop installing stuff that you don't need (Garbage In = Garbage Out).

Run a virus scan.

Run a spyware scan.

Clean out the registry and temp files.



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31 Jan 2012, 6:47 am

If you're feeling adventurous you could try Linux. Ubuntu or Linux Mint are the among most popular ones.



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31 Jan 2012, 9:55 am

And by cleaning out the registry, it is meant that you use a verified safe, non hacked registry cleaning software, perhaps even purchased legitimately from a meatspace computer store. Unless you are a Windows keyboard ninja, it is not advised for you to manually regedit. So many things can go wrong.
Also, depending on what is "highlighted" by your cursor, pressing the backspace key will go back in your page history on various internet browsers. Does this behavior extend to when you are typing in an active window? It might be a problem with your internet browser, not your operating system.



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02 Feb 2012, 10:42 am

This --> "Clean out the registry and temp files." Has absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the described symptoms. Ignore this please, poking around in the registry is a really bad plan considering the OP question.

Using anti-virus/anti-spyware software or cleaning temp files is usually not a bad thing, but disabling your laptops touchpad and installing a browser other then Internet Explorer could actually help with the problems you have. This sounds like crappy settings/media keys, not spyware or a virus.

Often, laptops have a setting that automaticly disables the built-in touchpad when a USB mouse is plugged in. Try the manual. You can get the Firefox webbrowser at http://getfirefox.com, Opera webbrowser at http://www.opera.com/download/ or Google Chrome webbrowser at http://www.google.com/chrome

Remember that the bottom-right corner of your screen (next to the time/date) is actually a button that minimizes when clicked, and makes windows transparent when hoovered. Takes some practice, but I prefer it over the taskbar icon next to the start button from previous versions myself.

Oh and I know, change isn't good. Frigging software companies and their need to "improve". Blegh. (mild sarcasm intended ;))



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02 Feb 2012, 10:52 am

Cio wrote:
This --> "Clean out the registry and temp files." Has absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the described symptoms. Ignore this please, poking around in the registry is a really bad plan considering the OP question.

I'd hate to have to service your PC.

Piriform's Ccleaner has many other features than 'just' a registry cleaner.

Avira's AntiVirus is also quite powerful, and can even detect rootkits.

Safer Networking's Spybot S&D is a functional complement to the other two on this list.

Beast of all, they're all FREE!



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02 Feb 2012, 11:11 am

TallyMan wrote:
Is it a laptop with a touch-pad mouse? I had to turn the one off on my laptop due to it keep misinterpreting touches from the heel of my hand as clicks or double clicks which caused havoc moving the cursor about randomly and opening closing things etc. Bought a USB mouse and all the problems went away.


I sure could have used this advice when I got my last laptop. I thought I was going nuts for THREE MONTHS before I finally wondered about that button on top of the mouse pad. I use a wireless, external mouse and sometimes a keyboard, so I couldn't figure out what was wrong; there wasn't enough of a pattern. I blamed it on the computer, too, but that can't be right... it's a machine...


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02 Feb 2012, 11:58 am

Fnord wrote:
Cio wrote:
This --> "Clean out the registry and temp files." Has absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the described symptoms. Ignore this please, poking around in the registry is a really bad plan considering the OP question.

I'd hate to have to service your PC.

Piriform's Ccleaner has many other features than 'just' a registry cleaner.

Avira's AntiVirus is also quite powerful, and can even detect rootkits.

Safer Networking's Spybot S&D is a functional complement to the other two on this list.

Beast of all, they're all FREE!


hes not saying its a bad idea in general only that in this case it doesnt fit the issues he has been having.

other than that spybot is always a good idea to run regularly along your usual antivirus,


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03 Feb 2012, 2:32 am

Cio wrote:
You can get the Firefox webbrowser at http://getfirefox.com, Opera webbrowser at http://www.opera.com/download/ or Google Chrome webbrowser at http://www.google.com/chrome


Is the issue only when you're browsing the web? If so, I would suggest trying a different browser from the links above. If you don't want to change browsers, post which browser you're using. Many browsers have hidden settings which may be causing some of this behavior. (ie. The backspace key taking you to the previous page is a setting that can be changed on many browsers.)