Windows 10: Windows Focus Logger Indicates Process "PMA" is Stealing Focus

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  1. Windows Focus Logger Indicates Process "PMA" is Stealing Focus


    I have been having this problem for maybe a month and a half now, and have only recently seriously begun attempting to solve it. During normal use of any application, be it games, coding software like GMS2, or any other application that has my focus, my focus will be taken away from that application with no indication of what stole the focus. This results in me typing and having my text not appear because focus is lost and minimization of games in the middle of play often resulting in crashes. Yesterday I downloaded "Windows Focus Logger" from Adminscope to get a look at the problem. I left an application running and came back after it was minimized, and was told that a process named "PMA" had stolen focus several times.

    The only major changes I've made to my computer have been the installation of an Epson Workforce WF-2860 printer. I have seen a claim online that installation of one of the printer's programs solved the problem, but they did not specify what program.

    What is PMA? How do I found out where it is, and how do I stop it? I'll be happy to provide any additional information as requested.

    :)
     
    AerisSigil, Feb 25, 2019
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  2. SimonS Win User

    How to catch a process that steals window focus

    One of my co-workers loses focus on his current window each like 5 minutes or so. Now I'm wondering which process steals the focus

    I found this cool application focus.exe which will list the current foreground window - the window which has the focus.

    Whenever the focus was stolen, the program printed this information:

    As you can see the focus gets stolen by a process that could not been opened, so this information doesn't help me that much. What helps me, is that it still logs the processes PID.

    So i wrote a little PowerShell Oneliner which should catch every new process that get's created and should output the process information:

    But this didn't catch any of the PID's focus.exe pointed out.

    How can I catch processes that couldn't been started, but still got a PID?
     
    SimonS, Feb 25, 2019
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  3. IrvS Win User
    Random explorer.exe stealing focus


    I'm also seeing something stealing focus, but only ONCE after booting.

    I too could be browsing something and all of a sudden the mouse wheel no long will scroll the page? Clicking on Firefox will get it working again. If I were trying something on a web page, all of a sudden no letters appear and sometimes I'd hear a bing as well. Again, click on the window and I'm working again.

    Today I had Thunderbird up and was doing a reply. Same deal, lost focus BUT the main TB windows came up on top. Don't thing that was the real problem because normally it isn't the first thing I open.

    This happens ONLY within the first few minutes and only once per boot. I suspect something else is doing, possibly a program doing an update or update check? TB does one but I think only when run, not when it isn't?

    I've use Windows Focus Logger (Adminscope.com | Tooling to make IT work easier) which is for W10 and I've never captured the switch? Will try the Focus program though.

    Never had this problem in W8.1 and my wife's W10 doesn't exhibit this problem either?
     
  4. empleat Win User

    Windows Focus Logger Indicates Process "PMA" is Stealing Focus

    turn off focus stealing


    Hey,
    how do i turn off focus stealing ?
    i have already in regedit under ForegroundLockTimeout set 30d40, but still when i am in game for example, pop out windows steal focus and minimizes the game.
    I don't know about anything else.
    Is there any way how to turn this off.
    Thank you very much.
     
    empleat, Feb 25, 2019
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