Once it does go through, i can navigate just fine to other sites.
I also recently had a problem with viruses/malware/spyware (i am not sure of all the differences). I think i finally got "whataboutadog" to go away by deleting it from my list of trusted zones...but i also caught a win32.trojandropper and win32.trojandownloader.agent program on my AdAware scanner. I do not know if something like this could be causing the lag, but i have never had this problem before.
If anyone can help, please do! Thanks so much!