For three weeks now I have this problem that drives my insanity up - and my productivity down: Whenever I hit the CTRL button, my computer keyboard behaves as if I the CTRL button were pressed all the time:

  • rolling mouse wheel will increase-decrease zoom of active window
  • [P] will open printing dialogue window,
  • [s] will open dialogue box to save...

I can reset the computer to normal with CTRL+Escape, but I have to do it every minute or so. Here is what I did so far:

 I bought a new keyboard, but did not change the problem which seems to be related to Windows
 I uninstalled the keyboard and mouse completely in device manager, then did a reboot to reinstall.
 I deactivated all checkboxes in Ease of Access completely, but to no avail.
 With @Peter we looked into sticky keys and deactivated those – problem persists

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thanks

  • By any chance, do you have AutoHotkey installed? – jjk_charles Oct 23 '14 at 13:09
  • @jjk_charles No AutoHotkey installed (I checked with Windows 7 SEARCH) – Stephan Becker Oct 23 '14 at 14:29

This issue is caused by a Chinoy keyboard application which is embedded in a program called HP USB Smartcard application. Right click start menu, Go into control panel, (make sure it's on classic view) on programs click on uninstall a program, look for the above (HP USB Smartcard application), right click it and uninstall it. Re-start your PC and that should cure it. Reply 

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    The question doesn't mention anything about an HP USB Smartcard application or a Chinoy keyboard application. There are any number of things that could cause this behaviour. – Blackwood Dec 23 '17 at 23:53

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