Clicking hyperlinks in Email messages becomes painfully slow

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I’m running Windows 7 (RC, 64 bit). For some reason it has started running very slowly. I’ve never had this problem before. This slowdown occurs in two places (that I’ve found) (1) When I click hyperlinks in Outlook email messages, where Firefox is launched. It takes around a minute for the link to open. I have an SSD drive and a very fast CPU, so this should not be happening. (2) When I open Word documents attached to Outlook email messages. The only thing these two might have in common is that they use the DDE mechanism, if I'm not mistaken. Under Windows XP this problem could sometimes be fixed by unchecking the "Use DDE" checkbox in the file type mapping, however, I can't find any equivalent under Windows 7.

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What may be happening is because it is a Hyperlink to something somewhere, Your system may be scanning the link and all associated data for a virus / malware and that may take it a long time.  Also, I have had systems where the browser cache has a huge amount unneeded historical data and then the system has to scan through it before the link will open.  Remember that it is downloading all the associated data in that link to your PC / Smart device.  I have found that clearing the browser cache helps this issue.  I have also had firewalls and AV / Antimalware block links because the link may have something in it that AV / Antimalware does not like, but is legitimate.  This may include things that are imbedded into documents, video’s and pictures as wall as Flashfiles.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    It sounds like you might have malware on your computer. A thorough scan using at least two different scanners would be a good next step.
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