Re: Here is a tricky one...
that really sounds like a virus. Like someone said before, boot up in safe mode (press f8 while your computer is booting up) and run antivirus and spyware programs from there. If you find nothing doing that, then it narrows it down for us.
Another question, is the machine overclocked by any chance?
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'