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Bug crawling in my screen

 7:41 pm on Apr 29, 2008 (gmt 0)


Something strange is happening in my computer.
I do not know if this is the right forum to post in, and please feel free to re-locate my post.
Since this morning I have a little pixel-like thing moving in my computer screen. It is very little and crawls around like a very tiny ant. I thought it could be virus and I ran Norton 2008, but nothing was found. I used also Spybot, but the "bug" is still crawling around.
Has anybody heard about something similar and have any idea what it can be and what I should do to eliminate it? I searched WebmasterWorld, but I got nowhere.
Thank you for our help.



 8:23 am on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Now maybe we could talk about these voices in my head...?

What are they telling you?
Mine won't stop singing 'I'm with stupid'!


 10:12 am on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Have you recently upgraded to Vista by any chance?

Ha ha. Just kidding. At the office I'm starting to become "that annoying guy with the Mac" :)


 10:38 am on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

This is yet another example of the wealth of knowledge here at WebmasterWorld...


 1:18 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

>>Now you told me what's crawling in there, it is sounds really funny running Spybot and Norton.

Too bad you didn't call Norton tech support before coming here; that's one recording they might have actually used for training purposes. ;)


 1:19 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

My true story:
A couple years ago, I went to use my rarely used scanner. When I opened up the lid, inside was a pretty big ant colony - I'd say at least 100 large carpenter ants - and, due to the sudden operation of the scanner, they were all freaking out and each carrying what looked like a grain of white rice - their eggs. They were apparently attracted to the warm scanner light.
Next, I freaked out...actually, bugged out.
Not sure of what to do, I cleared out my freezer, put the scanner in a trash bag, and froze the thing for a couple days. Once my nerves calmed down I took it out, opened it up and vacuumed out the colony (yeah - I was being cheap lol).
A year later - the colony reappeared in the scanner. This time I repeated the deep freeze/vacuum and finally taped over all the holes in the scanner case. That kept them out - but the scanner was never the same (made a horrible grinding noise), and I finally bought a new multi-function printer.


 2:48 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

You were lucky not to get bitten by the bug in your screen, it would have been a megabyte.



 3:04 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I nearly wet my pants... ROFL! :)


 5:59 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

A tiny bug did that to me too. Crawled under the screen of my laptop. Unfortunately I pushed the slightly flexible screen and it killed the bug, and has left it stuck in place. Nothing I can do about it.

I did think of writing some LavaScript to get shot of it, but I've grown rather fond of it.


 6:48 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

This reminds me of a wonderful thread that appeard on WebmasterWorld (about 6 years ago I think). It was in the 'Spider Identification' forum. A new member was asking for help identifying an unusual spider. The other members asked for details... It was some time before everyone reolised she was talking about a real eight legged spider that she found in her garage! She googled 'Spider Identification' and found herself on this helpful forum. The best part of the thread was once the WebmasterWorld members reolised she was talking about an araknid, they actually helped her identify it :)


 7:48 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

"good morning, Mc Afee, how can I help you today"


 9:15 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Spybot and Norton

Priceless. Probably a first too :-)


 9:48 pm on May 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was thinking the same thing clark - I think we're showing our age here.


 12:00 am on May 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

So I guess this a minor bug as opposed to a major bug that would block more pixels?

If it drew blood it would be a tearabyte.

[edited by: Khensu at 12:42 am (utc) on May 4, 2008]


 1:51 am on May 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think this is a joke.


 2:07 am on May 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

No, this is no joke, and neither was the lady whose husband found the brown spider in their garage who posted in the Spider Identification forum - who did end up getting help identifying it.

Neither was it a joke when I called tech support to find out how to tell whether my DSL was connected a couple of years ago when I had to hook up a new computer to the router by myself for the first time.

After he walked me through the whole troubleshooting routine checking connections and whether red or green lights were one (it was all fine), I asked him "But how can I know for sure that I'm connected?" He replied, "Ma'am, open up a browser window."


 2:59 am on May 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Norton must have had a hard time with this one! :D

It's actually like that movie where a virus program manifests itself in the real world. Wonder if this one is from Microsoft.

kamikaze Optimizer

 10:26 pm on May 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I nearly wet my pants... ROFL! :)
I did wet my pants

 2:21 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I did wet my pants

I almost hate to say this, but wouldn't that be neat branding for a domain name (if a domain taster didn't grab it already)?

Seriously though, anyone who's home-based and has their computer anywhere near the kitchen, and has an over-ripe banana or old onion or potato potential, should know what remedies are available.


 2:54 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)


I'd heard the Grace Hopper reference before.


 5:00 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've had a bug in my screen before too, it was quite a surprise at first. The little thing stuck around for a few days before disappearing. I think it "bit" the dust...hehe.

No big deal to have one, just leave it, unless it's a big one, then you might be in trouble.


 5:56 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Did you at least have that blissful nature screen saver active to make the bug feel at home? :P


 7:39 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

So have you notice an increase in activity for any of your web sites from the "Bug Crawling"?


 9:16 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I had that happen once. It was an ant and was alive inside my flat panel monitor. It was under the screen. I have a video of it on my cell phone. I could touch the screen and make the ant move different directions. You could see its legs. It eventually stopped moving and disappeared.


 5:31 pm on May 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Darn...there's a bug cralling on my screen.

I was going to use Spambot and Norton...but I can't seem to find it. Darn, I never use it.

The bug, at the same time, has crawled across Firefox's Find field, and is about assault webpages.

Maybe it'll start a tiny web in there.


 1:53 am on May 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thats hilarious! That gives me a good idea to create a virus that causes a bug to walk around the screen. I'll send it to people I hate.



 8:42 pm on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

My computer repairman just took my laptop away. A couple of days ago bugs about half the size of cockroaches started crawling all over my screen. Appearing to be a screensaver gone wild, I continued to operate my computer. I tried to go to turn my screensavers off and they would not turn off. In addition to that they began eating my screen program icons. Any one I would click, it would not work again, just like a virus. Finally my start button dissappeared and I couldn't get to anything. Enernet Explorer wouldn't work. And finally when the computer would not work at all except to bring up the logo Windows XP, the bugs dissappeared.

For those of you who are laughing about this, just hope you don't get this bug virus. Not sure if I will lose my hard drive yet.


 11:08 pm on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Wow webfoo, that was quick.


 3:03 pm on May 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Wow webfoo, that was quick.

Sarcasm intended. I'm not that stupid!

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