kendall, can I try a recap and see if I have this right.
1. You have no problems with links using Internet Explorer.
2. You can not open any links via Outlook Express.
If I have that right, what happens if you try to open a link in Outlook Express. Does IE open and freeze, does nothing happen, any error messages or what does happen?
Just a wild thought - probably miles out - I don't suppose you have downloaded and subsequently got rid of another browser?