Yes, BC is an online help board, Pgntcrzy
Clicking on the link provided above will take you to the home page, and the bright green panel off to the right will allow you to download a new browser.
Install it and you'll have an alternative to use,
to Internet Explorer.
You will be given an opportunity to allow Firefox to run as your default browser
I'd suggest you allow that, at least initially to try it out.
To get into chat rooms like the one here, requires a little more.
Firefox is the "lightweight" version of Mozilla.
Mozilla is built upon the Open Source code that Netscape was developed using.
In plain language, it's different than the code Microsoft owns & uses for IE.
So, it doesn't "act" the same way IE does.
Different (fewer) vulnerabilities to malicious program authors (malware/spyware/virus promoters.)
Settings used in an alternative browser will not effect those in the IE browser
which is tightly woven into the structure of the Windows Operating System.
IE uses ActiveX for utilizing small downloaded programs, called "applets".
Little limited use applications
or what also are called programs
Mozilla has a built in program for IRC (Internet Chat Relay)
Firefox does not. (it's lighter-weight, remember)
To experience nearly unlimited functionality when surfing online,
since many websites require these small "applets" to make them work right,
you must also download another, larger, program.
It's called Java Runtime Environment.
Once that program is installed, the "reading" of Java programs will be done
instantly, much like the IE "reads" activeX.
It also will mean the Windows Operating System
that has a version of Java decoding
that Microsoft bought the rights to use from Sun, Java's creators,
built in to it...
will gain enhanced functionality.
You would disable the built in Microsoft Java
and make the new (improved) Java Runtime Environment default.
Firefox or Mozilla (it's "big brother) are both good options to consider using.
Instead of IE, even though IE remains on your PC.http://www.mozilla.org/products/
This link explains and would allow you to choose Mozilla, instead of Firefox.
This link is to Sun Java's latest program. http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html
a trial & error period
FREE forever, alternative BROWSER with many benefits
you may learn to use.
I hope this helps explain your options.
When facing IE idiosyncrasies we often suggest
To make sure the problem is IE
not something else.