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I'm suspecting my Mac is possessed. This morning I boot up my Mac, load up Firefox, then went to grab a cup of coffee. Come back and my Mac is on Pogo.com playing a game of Risk. Hey I like Risk as much as the next guy (I always start on Austrailia - easy 2 armies), but I don't recall going there. Oddly enough, somneone name "Player 45593" is playing on my Mac.

Weird. Real weird.

So I exit out, and go about my business. Check a few emails, work a bit on some logos in Pixelmater, and go to the bathroom. Come back and, same deal, Pogo.com is up and someone is playing Risk again. Badly too, they're not securing their borders. So I exit out and scratch my head for a bit, so I got into System Preferences...except its not.

I get a Windows XP control panel instead!

How is this possible? I exited out and went back into System Preferences. Its definitely a Windows control panel, but it says "System preferences at the top". Its got the Mac search in the upper right and the OSX Min/max/Exit buttons on the left, but it also has a red Windows "X" in the right under the Mac search.

I've never even loaded Windows on this machine! So I'm frustrated and go back into Firefox to try and Google me some answers and what comes up? Pogo.com...and its trying to play Risk again.


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There is *NO* way that the System Preferences can look like a windows control panel.
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Its definitely a Windows control panel, but it says "System preferences at the top". Its got the Mac search in the upper right and the OSX Min/max/Exit buttons on the left, but it also has a red Windows "X" in the right under the Mac search.

I've never even loaded Windows on this machine! So I'm frustrated and go back into Firefox to try and Google me some answers and what comes up? Pogo.com...and its trying to play Risk again.

I'm confused by this bit. Screenshots would be welcome.

You say it's happening every time you leave your computer, and you mentioned you have daughters in another thread. Hmm...
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5 & 7 year old daughters...I don't think they're that clever (yet).

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nice april fools.

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