ok, well i bought my current imac in late 07, i have the 2.0 20" with 1GB ram (dont know why i have upgraded) anyway, it seemed my mac was getting slower over time and i didnt really think anything of it. Its my first mac and i figured it was just like a PC in that hardware wares out. But the problem with the slowness wasnt the mac, it was GOOGLE! i downloaded google desktop about 2 months after i got the mac and its been on ever since. I rarely ever used it, only when spotlight failed to do a good enough job. so i finally opened up activity monitor to look at my ram ussage (im thinking about upping) with all these apps open (FCP, PS, etc) and i notice my cpu is being 50% used. so i change to view all apps and it appears googledesktopdae and MDS (spotlight) were using 20-30% of my cpu! i finally got rid of it after reading a bunch of forums. Aparently even if you un install GD, its process googledeaktopdae still stays on your mac and runs... Anyway i dont know how much it has been using while i didnt even realize but in the last 45 minutes since i fully got it removed my computer has been a "screamer!" Does anyone else have this installed? is it using much of your CPU? BTW to fully remove it fallow these steps: 1. Deleete the google desktop like you normally do any other program 2: add these files to your trashcan: /Library/Google: delete entire folder /Library/Internet Plug-Ins: delete GoogleGadget.webplugin and GoogleOneClikPluginDeluxe.plugin /Library/LaunchAgents: delete com.google.Desktop.Agent.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons: delete com.google.Desktop.Daemon.plist, com.google.Desktop.StatUploader.plist, and com.google.GoogleML.plist 3. Then STOP the fallowing processes: GoogleDesktopDae MDS MDworker then you can permanently delete the google files. *Note that you must top the above processes BEFORE you empty your trashcan or else your mac wont let you permanently delete them.