Has anyone found a solution to this problem? I'm using Windows XP Pro SP3. 3 GB ram. The latest that I tried was to download the IE8 install from MS, uninstall IE8, reboot, turn off my virus scanner and run the install, and reboot again. This worked for 2 days then it started back with the intermittent hang when connecting. I used to be able to just exit and restart IE8 and it would work but now it takes several restarts or waiting an hours or so before it works again. Problem doesn't exist with IE7 or Firefox. Running with no add-ons doesn't help. Resetting the settings doesn't help. Turning off AVG9's link scanner didn't help.