Over Christmas I migrated to a new Win7 computer. All was well for a couple of weeks but suddenly IE8 will no longer open a link that should automatically open in a new window or new tab. Neither will it open a link in a new tab from the right click menu. The tab opens but loading never succeeds. If I go to the tab, get the focus into the address bar and press Enter, the page will load. Alternately, I can copy the link from the original page, paste it into an address bar and press Enter to get the desired page. These two methods fail, of course, if the link runs a script to open a new window.

I have looked for blocks in the security settings of IE and of my antivirus program, Avira. Nothing seems out of sync. Firefox and Chrome are handling these links as normal. One of my work-required sites is not completely compatible with those browsers, however.