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When I use the middle mouse button to open a link in a new tab, it works instantly. However, if I left-click the link to open it normally, IE8 freezes for about 5 seconds before the popup window opens.

I'm sick of all the slowness and the glitchiness and the memory hogging, and I just want it to work as well as all the other browsers out there. Anybody else experiencing this and have any tips?

Note: It's not the Java SSV helper or the Skype addon (because I have those disabled). I'm looking for some advanced solutions that I can try.

(God, I hate IE8, but I'm a loyal Microsoft follower so I refuse to switch to Firefox. )

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IE9 is coming, so you may have more or less reason to hate it! :) – studiohack Mar 17 '10 at 2:49
No need to switch to Firefox. Chrome FTW! ;-) – fretje Mar 24 '10 at 13:56

Reposting a link that was unfortunately obfuscated:

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Thanks Jeff, but I've already disabled problematic addons and it still happens even in no-addons mode. I'm looking for something advanced, like a registry tweak or something. Also, I love your blog :) – Bigbio2002 Mar 25 '10 at 12:37

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