How about using a browser other than IE? I have been extremely impressed by Mozilla Firefox and annoyed I put up with IE for so long. Firefox has lots of nice features and you have the ability to add extensions to increase the funtionality (Open source too).
It also has a great download manager where you can have multiple downloads and manage them from one window.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS