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Alt+x Hijacked

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by FrederickRF, Mar 2, 2015.

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  1. FrederickRF

    FrederickRF Thread Starter

    Mar 2, 2015
    Windows 7, latest update.

    I have added an additional language and a language bar to the desktop. The signs in this additional language when I select it use various ALT+LETTER shortcut combinations, one of which is (right) ALT+x, which has been hijacked by a program that I am unable to identify. It is invoked in editors - e-mail, Wordpad, Notepad, this very editor, and it displays a two inch floating square with a magnifier of the screen background, and a couple of moveable cross lines across the entire screen, allowing me presumably to select part of the screen to capture and save. Right click removes it, left click displays a black bar with various options, one of which is SAVE, others offer color, font, size choices (of what I don't know.) An arrow on the bar returns me to the magnifier square. The bar steals the window focus until I close it clicking its 'X" option.
    This hijacking occurred within the last week and I haven't knowingly installed any programs, and none appear in the list via the Control Panel. However, Windows 7 installed several updates, and some shareware utilities have installed their updates. None of them offer screen capture options in their menues or documentation, as far as I can tell. I have attempted to identify this rogue program through the Task Manager without luck. Right clicking on that black bar or the magnifier square does nothing.

    I have the same setup on another Windows 7 computer, but Windows Updates on it are a little behind, as are the updates to the same utilities, and the problem does not occur there.

    My question is how to identify and eliminate this devil?

    Thanks in Advance,

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