Using 3 yr old desktop 90% research (genealogy) - balance e-mail
Would like to get faster responses to queries
Using Internet Explorer and XP PRO
On your end Internet Explorer may the weakest link.
I'd suggest trying another browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox.
Disable any toolbars within your browser such as a Yahoo toolbar or Bing toolbar and make use of tabs rather than opening new windows.
The internet is a two-way street however and a poorly designed slow-loading site will still be a poorly designed slow-loading site even after you've done all you can on your end.