Cursor moving by itself erroneously on Windows Vista laptop

By prasadvp ยท 13 replies
May 28, 2011
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  1. Hai,
    I am facing the problem of mouse pointer moving by itself without any control, on my Windows Vista laptop. The pointer is moving to the right-top corner of any open window and placed on the 'Close' (X) button and if mouse is clicked or Enter key prressed, accidently closing the active window. I tried many anti-malware and anti virus tools as per the same issue posted in Virus and Malware removal section here.While doing the steps according to the replies everytime, first it looks like the issue is solved but it is still there when the system is restarted. Please help me on this problem which is causing lot of nuisance and disturbance for my work. Thank you.

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It doesn't happen often, but the laptops touch pad may be waring out or is dirty. I have replaced physically broken touch pads with the same symptom as you describe here
  3. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    The simple way to diagnose if your touch pad is going out on your laptop is this....

    Go to where it is that you store or stash your old computer hardware, drawer, card board box ect. Dig out a USB corded mouse and plug it into one of the USB ports on your laptop. Go about you day just using the USB mouse and forget you even have a touch pad for a while. While computing see if your mouse pointer behaves badly again, if so and your only using the USB mouse than the problem is bigger than a touch pad that is on it's way out. But if your pointer behaves like a saint and is well mannered and is problem free, while on the USB mouse, than it's your touch pad, it's going out!
  4. prasadvp

    prasadvp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mouse pointer moving by itself erroneously on my Windows Vista laptop

    The problem is there when using touchpad or USB mouse. I tried both. Please help on this issue.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    When I type, sometimes my palms touch the touchpad and make it move.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Sometimes there is a button or another way to turn off the touch pad when the laptop is on. Look for a synaptics red icon on the right side of the task bar. Click on this icon and see if you have the option to turn of the touch pad there
  7. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    What is the make (manufacturer) and model number of the laptop in question?
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +989

    me too - - drives me nuts, so I disabled the bumb-2-click and use the buttons below the pad for clicking.

    I got a blue tooth mini-mouse (that's not MICKEY mouse) for normal activities.

    Back to the OP; I would suspect a virus.
  9. prasadvp

    prasadvp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mouse pointer moving by itself erroneously on my Windows Vista laptop

    I am having a Toshoba-Tecra M10-12O laptop. Nothing to do with the touch pad or mouse. I also suspect this to be a virus or malware.Please help on this issue.
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    How about wiping and reloading Windows fresh? If you have recovery software for this laptop use it
  11. prasadvp

    prasadvp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mouse pointer moving by itself erroneously on my Windows Vista laptop

    I don't have a recovery disk and can't format the laptop as many softwares are installed for which I don't have a CD to re-install all of them again. Please suggest some good virus or malware removal tools to fix this issue, who faced similar problem earlier.

  12. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    For malware help, follow the 8 steps provided HERE. Create a new thread in the Malware removal forum. Be sure you PASTE all your logs (do not attach them). The experts there will provide you malware removal assitance if needed
  13. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    well...this might be a bit too late but I'll post anyways. That laptop has a little mouse point thingy ("Toshiba AccuPoint") in the middle of the keyboard right? -try to disable it via the device manager.
    I have seen several cases like this and that mouse point thingy in the keyboard is mostly the reason for this kind of problems...
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Disable any legacy USB devices in the BIOS. Also these TSP drivers can be flaky at best. If you're done everything then it's hardware. But changing the faulty part might not even solve this. Could be a OEM issue from the start. A lemon. Some ACER, ACER/Gateway do the same thing. You can disabled the TSP and use external mouse instead.

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