I get the same problem on almost every occasion when I use an e-mail link in a web-site or in an e-mail. No problem with normal e-mail. My system freezes for two or three minutes before producing the 50 or so pages. XP Home/IE6/OE6. I no longer try to use these links; it's less trouble simply to type the address.
Hope that you don't mind me barging in on your thread, Fleetblue.