I've had a odd problem lately. I am running IE9 in WIN7. Lately, when I open a browser and select a favorite, the browser does nothing. The "Contacting <url>" shows at the bottom and the spinning icon shows in the tab ... forever. If I re-click the favorite on this same "Contacting ..." page, it opens a new window or tab (but not a new tab on this same session) and takes me right to the correct link. The original page will show "Contacting ..." and spinning icon for days until I close the page. I have this same phenomenon with pasting a URL into the address line. This happens nearly 100% of the time, but sometimes I'll have short intervals where everything works normally.
I first noticed this problem when in France in December. I thought it might be related to the domestic IP provider (even though I used several providers while I was there). Then, people in the office started reporting the same problem ... and still are. I experience this problem on different computers and there appears to be no pattern with target URL. The only common thread is the use of WIN7 and IE9. I don't notice this problem using Chrome or fireFox, even on the same computer that has the problem with IE9. I'm suspecting some recent update to IE9 as the culprit.
Has anyone else noticed this? Is there an explanation or fix out there?