I recently noticed a problem with IE7 starting up quite slowly on my X61. The window itself came up quickly, but the window showed "Connecting " status for maybe 5 seconds, before finally reverting to my default page (about:blank). Additional windows or tabs also exhibited this delay. Some searching on the net showed that one person's IE7 was looking for bookmarks on a network location, but alas that wasn't my same problem. I finally determined (using Microsoft's Filemon utility) that IE7 was polling the ThinkPad Client Security directories every time it started up. On a hunch, I disabled the add-ons for ThinkPad Password Manager and CPwmIEBrowserHelper Object. Just go to Tools > Manage Add-ons > Enable or Disable Add-ons and then disable those two options. You cannot just disable ThinkPad Password Manager, as that didn't solve the problem. I found out that CPwmIEBrowserHelper belonged to Lenovo after enabling the Publisher column. See Software under my X61 review for a screenshot.