Created the Friday 22 March 2024. Updated 4 months ago.

As per Microsoft's documentation, BlockInput function "prevents keyboard and mouse input events from reaching applications," effectively restricting user interaction with the system.

Malware occasionally employs this tactic to hinder analysis by debuggers or other analysis tools throughout the process' runtime. To deactivate the block, the program must make a live call to BlockInput with the parameter 0. Windows automatically lifts the block when the process ends or the user initiates Ctrl+Alt+Del.

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