I do use IE6 although I have Yahoo/BT broadband that uses it's own type of browser sometimes. Tthat seems to have a pop up blocker that asks if I want to view anything that pops up in a new window by clicking 'view'. Even though I do this, it still doesn't download properly.
If you are using a program such as Limewire to download your MP3's, make sure Zone Alarm is allowing the program that you are using to access the internet. You may need to alter your Windows firewall settings too to allow the program that you are using access to the internet. And with Zone Alarm you may have to allow Server privileges to the program that you are using.
If it is a popular site with a lot of users it can be difficult to get a connection at peak times, I get that a lot myself I just keep trying until I get a decent connection and let the connection build itself up from that point.
I download about 25GB to 30GB per month and come across this often and I just keep trying. On popular sites it is often 2 or 3 days before I get the decent connect that will build itself up to a good download speed.
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