The other browswer (Google Chrome) works on the links but is around 5x slower. Do you know how I can speed up Google Chrome or why it may be running so slowly?
I appreciate it.
Try creating another Windows user account (temporarily) and then try browsing with Chrome in that user account? Is it any faster?
I assume the original browser you were using was Internet Explorer. Is that a correct assumption? If so, try using IE in the new Windows user account.
This is to see if maybe some Windows user account specific settings/preferences were screwed up with your existing Windows user account.
Also, what version of Windows are you using? Are you using any security/anti-virus software? If so, what?