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MSIE8 doesn't open link in new tab

Posted on 2010-08-25
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Something has happened to my setup in Windows 7 64bit to MSIE v8. When I right click a link and choose "open in new tab", or when I left-click a link that would normally open in a new tab, the new tab opens, but MSIE8 does not display the page. Instead it just says "connecting..."  A new Microsoft update was installed automatically last night (KB2272691 and KB982110) and I uninstalled both, but with the same results.

What can I do?
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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by:jcimarron
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WEBuilder--Can IE8 connect to a webpage when you access the page otherwise, such as just clicking on a link or putting the URL in the Address line?
Do you see this as occurring on any specific websites or all sites?
Try running IE8 without add-ons.
Start|All Programs|Accessories|System Tools|Internet Explorer (no add-ons)
If this is something new and recent, perhaps a System Restore?
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by:Lev Seltzer
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This problem affects all websites. For example, on this page I right-click on one of the top navigation buttons and choose open in new tab. The new tab opens, changing to a new color (so the current and new tabs are in the same color). The tab title says "connecting..." and it remains on that . When I look at the tab it is blank.
I can enter a valid URL in this new tab and MSIE8 will go to this tab without a problem.
 
I opened up MSIE8 with no add-ons, as per your instructions, and the results were identical.
I have not done a system restore. I noticed that the system had rebooted during the night after installing a new update, and from that point forward it stopped working. However, when I uninstalled this update, the problem did not go away.
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WEBuilder--Perhaps help here
http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers-mail/28733-ie8-open-new-tab-stuck-connecting.html
Do you have any third party toolbars installed, such as Google Toolbar?  If so disable or uninstall.
I would still recommend a System Restore.  It may be just coincidental that the problem started with the install of the Update.  It could be something else. Go to a date a day or two before the Updates.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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The system restore corrected the problem, but the problem returned a few hours later. A subsequent system restore corrected it again. If it happens again, I will try to REG solution.
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by:jcimarron
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WEBuilder--Thanks.  Let us know if the .reg file is needed and fixes things permanently.
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