I'm running Windows 7 64bit with 12Gb of RAM on an I7 quad core. Whenever I start IE8 32-bit it takes several minutes before it will display a web page, most of that time it says waiting for about:blank in the status bar. I've searched the web and none of the solutions I've found work. I've noticed that Office Communicator and Live Meeting both take upwards of 5 to 6 minutes to start.
I also use Firefox and it starts on the same web pages as IE8 but only takes a second or two. Since most of my work is using tools like Sharepoint actually using Firefox as my primary browser is not an option since it is not compatible with Sharepoint.
I've disabled all antivirus and even changed antivirus applications at one point so I don't think antivirus is an issue.
Thanks in advance to anyone that has a solution.