Question about Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1: Windows
I'm using Windows XP Pro on an Acer Extensa5620z laptop. Since yesterday, mouse clicking just doesn't work in inactive windows. What I mean by that is that I click on whatever aplication window that's in the background (or tabs in Firefox, adress bar vs. inside the website page), it just doesn't switch and doesn't react at all to buttons, menus etc. Both the touchpad, USB and bluetooth mouses react all the same way, even after reinstalling drivers. Therefore, it seems it's an internal Windows explorer or registry issue.
If I want to click on buttons,links etc, I have to call up the task manager first via ctrl+alt+del and click from there to make it work. It's a major pain in the ***.
I ran both an antivirus (ESET) and antispyware (S&D) check with no results, all seems fine. It might have to do with Windows Updates as it installed something. I haven't tried system restore yet but that's the very last resort, any ideas? I'm running Vista (SP1). My left mouse-clicks don't work (in most cases). I must first left click on a button, then hit enter to activate the function. Also, when I try to select items in a drop-down menu, the contents of the menu flashes and then disappears. I must use the scroll button or down-arrow in order to select the menu choices. I also can't select any top menu items with a left mouse click (file, edit, view, tools, help). I must use "alt-f" for file, etc.).
This all occurred after a virus infected my PC. I was able to delete the virus and get most things to function properly, but the mouse-click issue is the final remnant of the infection.
The virus also deleted all of my restore points. You would think that MS would place those in a non-accessible part of the OS kernel that can't be accessed by any common code that's used to create a virus; but noooooo!!!
Anyhow; if anyone has been exposed to this scenario and come across a solution, I'll send you a gift certificate to a restaurant. If you're a cutie, I'll take you there personally!
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Posted on Mar 13, 2009
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