This is the second time I’ve seen this…
ie 6 starts normally, it loads the home page (or another web page, if starting from a saved ie6 favorites shortcut.
But if you try clicking on a link, or try entering a url in the address bar, then ie6 doesn’t take you anywhere, and will usually max out the cpu at 100%.
At this point, very little can be done, until you kill ie6 via task manager, and then the cpu usage returns to normal.
I thought this might somehow be related to a spyware / BHO infection… but a scan only reveals some “low” priority infection…
I try firefox, and it works perfectly
I also try upgrading from ie6 to ie7, and that also fixed the problem.
Its possible that an infection corrupted something internal to ie6; and an upgrade, reinstallation, or a different browser fixes the problem.