But, for the vast majority of sites, you'll be much better with FireFox.
Download and install.
Then, once installed, let it become your default browser.
It usually grabs your favorites from IE at setup.
You won't be bothered with as many popups, and you won't have to worry about the next Internet Explorer security hole.
That's it for now. I'll try to get a list of usefull add-ons for Firefox that should make surfing even better.