this problem is very annoying, and so far i haven't found anything online to fix it. please help.
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Hmmm, well that sure does not make sense. It is common for mouse pointers to move a bit once you take your hand off the mouse, but clicking? That's should not happen, in fact, with the mouse unplugged, it is not possible. But what is possible is someone has compromised your network - everything on your side of the "gateway" device, typically a cable or DSL modem, or router.
My mouse moves and clicks on its own even when the mouse is unplugged
And I told you it is not possible to be the mouse either. I also told you it is possible your system is compromised so I asked how you connect to the Internet and I asked what security software you are using. Instead of helping us help you by providing the information requested, your response was, "I'm savvy".
It's NOT my mouse, I told you, it happened even after I Unplugged my mouse. if it were my mouse it would have quit after I unplugged it it
What? No! It does not work that way, bud! You tell us what you have already tried. You answer our questions. If you don't understand, ask for an explanation. We can't read your mind! If you want your computer fixed, take it to a shop where a technician can touch and feel it for himself. If you want help here, you have to be our eyes and fingers by answering our questions and telling us what is going on. We are not going to sit here and play guessing games. You either follow our advice, explain why it can't or won't be done, or ask for clarification. You don't ignore. Otherwise you are wasting everyone's (and we are all volunteers, btw) time!
otherwise i think you're asking me to do something I've already tried
Nor did I. You said you were computer savvy. You came here seeking advice and that's great. I'm here to share what I know and maybe learn something new along the way. I'm a tech and I don't know the answer to this problem. Since the computer is not sitting in front of me, I need to get more information from YOU. If you don't want to provide it, I can't help you. But if you want to see if we can work through this, please provide the following information, and maybe we all will learn something new.
not ever did i say that I was a tech
I still say try another mouse - or at the very least, uninstall your current drivers, then reboot. This will cause XP to revert to it's native standard mouse drivers.
To those saying that it is impossible for the cursor to move and click without a mouse physically plugged in, it just means you haven't encountered the issue before and have a closed mind or know it all attitude
I can list my certifications if that would make you happy, or just trust that I am savvy enough to know when a mouse is plugged in/unplugged.
* This response applies only to users with laptops, external trackpads/digitizers, or other pressure sensitive devices attached to their system. *
Hi: I'm answering this for posterity (the next readers with the same problem), since the poster has probably already dealt with the issue or gotten rid of the computer.
[N.B.: There is no etymological connections between "posterity", "poster", or "poser" - but there might be some psychological connections! ]
It usually isn't the mouse itself.
Most security conscious users will...
- first disconnect the mouse
- then disconnect the network cable or disable the wireless connection
- then uninstall & re-install the mouse drivers
- then repeat all of these steps in safe mode
- then start looking for a malicious script or program running in the background
...and finally start doing reality checks to see if they're losing their mind!
(TIP: Do try all of ^ those ^ first, or just skip to the next ideas...)
Yes, as some posters have indicated, it _is_ usually a problem with the trackpad/touchpad. BUT: as good as using something like the TouchFreeze program might be (one attempt at using a third-party program) - using it only solves this kind of problem very temporarily.
Think about it...soon after you stop typing, the cursor starts moving and clicking again as if it's possessed! (And, I suppose, that MIGHT also be a possibility, but probably not anything that most people need to worry about!)
The problem is _usually_ a physical issue right on the touchpad itself. Either somethings stuck to the surface, or prior abuse/wear & tear, or a problem between the pressure-sensitive layers of the touchpad.
The best fix(es) for this issue? Surprisingly simple. Once you've ruled out the neighbourhood script kiddie, the criminal hacking community, a rogue program/driver...you might want to spray some (non-corrosive!) cleaning fluid on the trackpad (or - even spit!), and rub the pad vigourously for a few seconds. This may only solve the problem temporarily - or even make it much worse - but if it changes the results, you've proven that the issue is physical.
Now: If it goes away and stays away...so much the better. If not, then either plan to replace the trackpad, or "simply" disconnect it by unplugging the power leads to it, which would be found below the laptop cover. [ Sorry folks - you'll have to check elsewhere for the instructions on how to safely dismantle the cover on your laptop...but the cursor will no longer have you cursing! ]
A simple fix for a pesky problem which looks like something much more complicated and sinister!
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