Hoov, thank you for your response. Yes, I am using ie8. Step by step. I go to the freeware links. I choose firewall (btw, this happened also with Ubuntu link). Now there are one of two things I do, when I click on the underlined link it will open a new window with about:blank in the address bar and blank page on the page tab, seconds later the website appears, however, when I right click and select open in a new tab, no hesitation, no blank page. Let me know if any further clarification is needed. I will take your suggestion and not worry. Thanks, again, Liz.