I woke up this morning and it was like my computer and net connection had been totally hijacked -- not the applications or anything actually located on my computer - my programs seem to run fine for the most part (though ODDLY I found a series of photos that I did not put on my computer and DID NOT BELONG TO ME in my Library folder, just sitting there..) -- But basically anything connected to the internet is running abnormally .. My date and time settings are messed up and when I go into that window to have it 'locate' where i am, it cannot do so. My dropbox which loads every time my computer and airport is on automatically won't connect. Every website runs VERY slowly , loading google takes a minute and we have the fastest internet connection available in Quebec. Most websites won't load at all - when try to open www.hotmail.com I get the message: 'the certificate for this website is invalid. you might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be login.live.com' which could put confidential information at risk. Would you like to connect anyway'? It won't let me connect anyway. Even most regular sites I get a script error, or script loading problem. On top of it, my girlfriend and I have a shared email address that we both noticed last week was sending spam mails ... So I think this is connected. My roommate is on the same router - and his connection and net works perfectly. Called my ISP they said it was almost 100% a problem w/ my computer, and I called Apple and they said the only thing I could do was ERASE/INSTALL OSX. Did some research on the net, which brought me into the terminal and my internet plugins folder but there are no plugins in that folder and none of the virus programs i have run on my program can locate anything out of the ordinary. WAT is going on??? And if I do go thru the hassle of backing up and reinstalling all my stuff tonight to reinstall everything clean -- will this for SURE rid myself of the problem? Thanks for any info you might have, i've been using Macs for years and despite some HW issues - logic board fail last year - never had a virus or anything like this .