Hello all. I have searched the forums and did not find this posted before. Here is my problem... starting yesterday my system (G4 550Mhz and OS X 10.3.8) started running very slowly. I had several programs open while I was surfing the 'net with Safari. I figured some web page was the culprit, so quit and relaunched Safari. But that did not halt the problem. Everything was slower than normal, screen redraws, switching from one program to another, etc. Taking a look at Activity Monitor showed the CPU graph slammed to the top at 100% and mostly (two-thirds) red (System usage), I had never seen anything like that before. The process causing all this is Finder. If I quit Finder, then all goes back to normal and the CPU graph shows very low bars (about one-third of the total graph space), predominantly green colored, very small amount of red, and the occasional blue (representing "Nice," whatever that is?). Once Finder launches again, it runs the CPU up to 100% constantly with no breaks, dips, or slow-downs. I have tested this with Finder and Activity Monitor as the only running programs. I have tried Restart, Shut Down, Repair Permissions, PRAM reset, and PMU reset. None of those have helped. The Finder suddenly wants all the CPU and wants it all the time. Has anyone seen or heard of this before? Any remedies? Thanks in advance.