p.s. to my prior post:
1. I am 99.999999% certain my computer is clean. In fact I had a recent scare that turned out to be a manual setting in IE (which I never use) that needed changing... it was blocking me from getting Windows or A/V updates. In the course of which I cleaned up (though had not much to clean) and scanned and took all proper & necessary precautions. So, the malware/virus idea - which I intended to address - is out. My system is currently over 90% thru with a full scan on updated Trend Micro A/V s/w again with no issues so far.
2. I had wanted to add to my prior post a comment about running in Firefox. Here is the comment and the *IE* problem I encountered when attempting to edit:
a) When I loaded this page of this thread in Firefox today, it never stopped loading and at the bottom was the text: "transferring data from pixel.quantserve.com...." I let that run for about 15 minutes before I shut down the browser.
b) When I clicked on edit post in IE to do this, about 5 minutes after posting the long message (which btw hung-up for a good 10 minutes til I opened the thread in another window to find it had indeed posted), suddenly IE started opening a new window to edit my message, and it continued to open the same new window repeatedly (and apparently intended to do so endlessly) until I finally managed to get task manager running (difficult!) and manually close down IE. NOT a pleasant experience. Hence I re-booted and started the full scan. (Honestly it was like the early 90s on the web when if you accidentally went to an "adult" site it kept opening endless new windows of garbage.)
Finally, I would like to add that while I will take the above suggestion (as my last ditch attempt) to test other posting sites/software, please note again that I HAVE NO OTHER OR SIMILAR ISSUES WITH ANY OTHER WEBSITES. That is, my only problem is RF, and I am a fairly heavy web-user at present, particularly on basketball boards.
Thanks again all.