I was browsing the rajah forums and saw this link. I clicked on it and a new window opened up on the toolbar for a few seconds (about 2 seconds) then shut down again. I tried again to open it, and still nothing happened. I to open a new window on other links but they didn’t work as well. Also I use MSN messenger. When you log in a note pops up telling how many new messages you have in your inbox, I clicked on this and that didn’t work either so I assume the two problems are related.
I can open up new windows of the same page (ctrl-N), just not hyperlinks to other websites.
To fix this I've tried: updating IE 5 to IE 6 service pack 1 ( this made things worse as I couldn't even open up explorer!), turning off Messenger and restarting IE, visited the Microsoft knowledge database, reset IE to default settings, cleared out temp files, updated OS to service pack 3.