Yes, srvany passed the smell test, I just don't know what is using it. I do not like 'not knowing'.
As for the anomaly, I suspect the Office 2010 install. I did an in place upgrade.
In the coming days, I will be rearranging RAID arrays (to place a 6 drive RAID5 on the Intel Matrix controller and moving my boot array to another controller). This should eliminate the problem.
I should close this thread, unsolved, as I am not wont of deciphering the specific cause. But, I will continue to 'background process' because that is my nature. Specifically, I will look for key combos. I wonder if the pesky SendKeys from VBA is involved.