Did you have this problem for a long time now, or did it work with your current version of Internet Explorer in the past? If it did work before, maybe re-installing it might be worth to try.
If it has never worked with hosted images:
To my knowledge there has been some issue with saving embedded images from emails with the newer Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8.
Since the images are hosted on file hosts as you say, I assume that we are talking about embedded images.
Now, could you check if you can right click on the image to see its properties, and figure out its URL on the image host, and go there directly?
Then try to see if you can save the image directly from the file host (e.g. Photobucket).
I haven't found any real solutions to this problem, but the 2 workarounds:
- Go to the source of the image (i.e. the image host) and download it from there.
- Right click
and choose copy
. Then open a new document in Paint
, and select paste
, then save. (This works only for non-animated images)
But maybe somebody else has a better idea