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    Strange Problem


    Guys I have a strange problem.Every time i turn on my laptop, my password field is automatically filled with asterisks(*****).Not just few asterisks but the entire password field is covered till no more character is allowed.I have to press and hold backspace key for some time to empty it.The Laptop is Sony Vaio Windows 8 and works just fine apart from this.Yeah, sometimes it automatically fills those asterisks if i click on empty field, for example search field in "my computer".I scaned the Laptop with Avira and Malware Bytes but they found nothing.I even tried "System Restore" but the problem is still there.The Problem appeared suddenly out of nowhere.I didnt install anything and i havent even connected it to the internet.Help me out friends.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Try using Run & typing in control userpasswords2:

    Click image for larger version

    Then uncheck the box:

    Click image for larger version

    Check out the other options too.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jacksparrow View Post
    Yeah, sometimes it automatically fills those asterisks if i click on empty field, for example search field in "my computer".
    Does it ever happen in other applications like Word for example? Sounds a bit like you may have a sticky key and it is filling the buffer. Perhaps...
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    Thank you friends.adamf, you are right.it does happen in other applications but occasionally.However, pressing backspace key stops it and i can type anything i want.But it always appears no matter what when i start my computer.
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    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    In other places (not the password field) do you still get * or do you get a different letter or letters?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried running sfc /scannow ?

    Or

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth


    Both need to be run in administrator command prompt.
    Reboot after dism.
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    They are asterisks (****).when they appear in other applications they are clearly visible as asterisks but in password field they appear as hidden black dots.
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    David, i may sound like an idiot but what is sfc scan and Dism? Sorry
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jacksparrow View Post
    David, i may sound like an idiot but what is sfc scan and Dism? Sorry
    SFC= System File Checker

    DISM>See here:

    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8

    Running them might fix your issue.
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    When you run sfc it might find problems it cannot fix.
    That is why you run dism.

    It fixes things sfc cannot fix.
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