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    Jun 2003


    there is a very wierd problem on one of my computers. if i go to any website and click on a text box it will start writing little phrases like "and I was " and go onto the next one. I have windows xp on that one and when i looked at the processes, every time somthing would be written sapisvr.exe would take up more of my proccessor. I deleted it ( a couple of times) but it keeps comming back... this file is found in the speech folder... what could be the problem???
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    Just a Virtualized Geek MrLinus's Avatar
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    Sep 2001
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    Google, our friend, found this site with the following insight:

    Dear Jack,

    Please help me! I think that somebody is hacking my computer! Whenever I open Word or Internet Explorer, my computer starts typing for me. I downloaded Norton Antivirus and it says that I am fine. Who or what is doing this hacking?!?

    — Jason

    Dear Jason,

    The cause of your mysterious unknown problem resides in a program called “sapisvr.exe.” Basically, “sapisvr.exe” is a speech recognition program created by Microsoft and is installed by some manufacturers. After you install Microsoft Office XP or other speech-enabled products by using Microsoft's Speech application programming interface (API), random words or characters may be displayed in Office XP documents or in the Internet Explorer Address bar. This behavior can occur because the speech recognition tool is “listening” to your voice through your computer's microphone and is attempting to recognize what you are saying. In order to remedy this situation, you can turn off the speech recognition software.

    — Go to Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options

    —Look under the Languages tab, click on the button labeled “Details” under “Text services and input languages.”

    —Under Installed Services, select Speech Recognition and click the button “Remove.”

    —Click “OK” to apply the changes.

    —You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

    There may come a point when you want to enable speech recognition. In this case, take the following steps:

    —Right click on the Office XP Language bar and select “Settings.”

    —Click “Add.”

    —Select English under “Input Language.”

    —Click to select the Speech Recognition check box, and the click “OK.”

    Now you know how to turn on and off the speech recognition engine. The speech recognition engine is fairly accurate, so you can experiment with typing by speaking.
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    AO Veteran NeuTron's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    are you running any speech recognition software because sapisrv.exe is a speech recognition engine? Try googling on this topic because I got a lot of hits when I searched for "sapisrv.exe".

    /EDIT You beat me to it MsMittens

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    Jun 2003
    I really should search google more often. well, anyway, today i learned 2 things...
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    Oct 2003
    Yes Google tends to work wonders! I love it. Glad you got it worked out. I would've told you to scan with Ad-Aware. You should scan with it anyway, it's good to be Aware

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