Inactive windows

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by DanC, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Hello all,

    This is my first post here.

    I was hoping I could get some help with an annoying problem I'm having; Every one to five minutes my active window (I think it happens in all my applications) suddenly becomes inactive which requires me to click on the screen to make it active again.

    I have XP and regularly run my Earthlink spyware blocker, and Norton antivirus scans.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

    Dan
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I would think when this happens, something else tries to run in the background (perhaps virus or spyware related), which tries to take over the active window.

    I would try doing a Spyware Scan, as Norton doesn't typically catch spyware. I favor MS Antispyware, which is a free download from here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
     
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  3. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Yep, it sounds like something else is running regularly and taking over the focus... even if you can't see it. Can you take a screenshot of your Task Manager and post it here?
     
  4. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
     
  5. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Post back when you do, we are here to help :)
     
  6. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I must be doing something wrong as when I try to attach the file I get "error on page"
     
  7. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Here we go........persistence pays off..........I hope
     

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  8. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I can't read that, can you re-post with a better resolution?

    EDIT: Try doing an ALT + Print Screen (takes active window only). This should put a better focus on your task manager.
     
  9. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Hopefully this is better........
     

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  10. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Don't know why its a thumbnail, but if you click on it then make it regular size it is quite clear.
     
  11. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I can read it just fine. I'll look into some of those processes and get back.
     
  12. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Well I don't see anything threatening in your running processes, which is good, but that makes it a bit more difficult to identify the issue.

    My suggestion is to run msconfig (start -> run - > msconfig) and to uncheck every startup process that is not necessary. Reboot and see if anything takes the focus off your active window. You'll probably know how much time to give it before you'd expect something to happen. If nothing happens during that time then you've probably disabled the process that causes it.

    You can go back into msconfig and enable each process one-by-one, rebooting after enabling each one and taking time to check if the process causes the problem. It's a pretty lengthy troubleshooting process, but I guess it would be worth it to you. This is what I've got for now, maybe someone else has a better solution?
     
  13. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

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    keep the task manager open on processes. Sort it by cpu. See if theres an application that pops to the top when it loses focus.
     
  14. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    That's also a good suggestion, leedogg. I thought of it earlier but for some reason didn't mention it.
     
  15. DanC

    DanC OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks people,

    I think I got it..........I took kcnychief's advice and downloaded Ms spyware Beta program. I already have Earthlink's spyware utility, but this is obviously more thorough and it appears it was a nasty little piece of spyware called "NewDotNet Browser Plug In" as it took two removals to get rid of it.

    So far........no problems.

    Thanks again all.

    Dan
     
  16. Mastershakes

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    Wicked. Good job boys !
     
  17. kcnychief

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    Glad you got it sorted out :)

    From what I have seen, and I'm going to state my opinion here, MS Antispyware is the best and here is why:

    First and foremost, it's free. I know that isn't a big deal to some, but the difference between say this and something like Lavasoft's Ad-Aware (another popular one), is that MS provides real time protection to your system, web browser, host files, etc.

    Also, and the most impressive yet, is that it can remove real-time threats. Again, other programs give you the issue that they need to re-scan on reboot, or run in safe mode, but MS Anti-Spyware has the ability (if you let it) to kill the process, and remove it in real time.

    Simply fantastic, #1 spyware program in my eyes, and will only get better. I think it's a great idea that Microsoft is putting it in Vista as part of the new security center.

    Anyways, enough of my fanboy gushing, glad your PC is on the road to recovery :)
     
  18. Mastershakes

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    You are in great shape if you use it, as well as Adaware, spybot.
     
  19. kcnychief

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    bah, again, IMO, that is a complete solution :)

    Well, that in combination with quality AV, Windows Updates, and not being a moron ;)