I've been seeing numerous IE hangs that occur seemingly at random when opening links in new tabs. This started recently (maybe due to an IE update?)--I don't remember seeing it at all until a couple weeks ago. I've found some mention of similar symptoms, but those posts said that the tab was recoverable, and that IE was still responsive. Not the case here. The new tab simply hangs, displaying "Connecting". IE cannot be closed at that point. Sometimes an entire IE window will hang (all tabs), but often the other tabs still function and close properly, with just the "Connecting" tab keeping the remaining IE window from closing. One similarity with other posts: It does seem to be a random occurrence, like some 'pool' of available IE instances with some that are unresponsive. I can't discern any pattern to when a new tab will fail. I had seen mention of one of the activeX DLLs becoming unregistered (???) and causing this type of problem. Supposedly correctable via running (as admin): "regsvr32 actxprxy.dll" I haven't found this to help though.