Conard - 2:20 pm on Nov 25, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'm not sure what the problem was but I suspect it had something to do with a Java update earlier in the week.
Before I reset the browser there would be several instances of IE running as viewed in the task manager when there were no IE windows opened.
The reset was pretty painless and took all of 10 minutes to reset the add ons and tabbed browsing to where they were before. Runs like NEW.