Internet Explorer was not giving up. My attempts of downloading Firefox were futile, because each time I started the download IE would catch up. The best I could do was get halfway through the download, so I just gave up and went to the beach.
Upon my return, I tried again, and IE just wouldn't give up on just needing to close, but I tried once more, and success! Firefox is mine! Not only that, but it works five times faster and doesn't close every time I want to do something. I'm writing this on the Firefox browser. I guess there is a moral or a lesson learned here, and I can only hope the problem is solved.