After installing Windows 7 (32 bit, clean full install), I noticed my access to internet sites was intolerably slow (40-45 seconds minimum access time every time I tried to go to a new web site). I was using IE 8.0 that apparently installed with Windows. I also noticed an extraordinary number of toolbars that loaded up so I disabled all of them. This helped overalol performance except for the initial surf after opening IE. After waiting 45 seconds following opening of IE, the browser will then open subsequent sites very quickly (several seconds in general). But it still is very slow going to that first site (does not matter what it is). I installed the latest Firefox and had no such problems. Firefox is fast from startup and with all web access. While I may keep Firefox as my default browser, I do not like having this problem with IE. Is anyone aware of settings that might affect IE's performance? I have tried everything I know. Thanks.