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A spinning circle means that something is busy happening and you need to wait. If this is actually causing a problem, the first place to look is in your add-ons.
Windows 7. First, I click on IE9 and occasionally when I click on a website, the computer returns back to the desktop and a little circle starts to spin. After awhile, the computer automatically returns to the website that I attempted to open. What gives?
In this excerpt from Answercast #27, I look at a case where Internet Explorer might be disappearing for a few moments while it loads a page. That's very odd behavior...
It's a little unclear exactly the sequence that you're going through here.
If you're in an application that gives you a link that you can click on, the spinning circle usually means that Windows is busy; it's doing something... it might very well be loading IE9. It's not until IE9 has finished loading that it becomes visible and takes over the screen.
In reality, IE9 should not go away. Internet Explorer should not go away when you click on a link. It should simply bring up the page.
Now, it may take a little bit of time depending on the page so I would expect that little spinning circle to happen, but I wouldn't expect the desktop to appear while that's going on.
My traditional response to a situation like this (where Internet Explorer is doing something that we don't understand) is to begin by disabling all of the add-ons in Internet Explorer.
Go ahead and disable all of them and see if the problem persists. If it goes away, then what I would do is start re-enabling add-ons, probably one at a time, based on which ones you recognize and see what comes back.
See if one of them causes the problem to reoccur.
In general, all that spinning circle means is that Windows is busy doing something. Nine times out of ten, what it's doing is loading Internet Explorer or loading the web page that you've asked to view.
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