The problem does not exist if Firefox is your default browser.A major new version of XChat for Windows has been released today: 2.8.7.CHAT NOTES FOR NEWBIES Striking Up The Right Conversation The next step is how to talk to people.Saying a nice greeting to everyone is the best way to catch someone's attention.Cbox is a chat application for online communities and groups.Get a Cbox, and your visitors and users can engage with one another in real-time conversation.Some of the new features including screenshots are listed in this forum post.Update 15/Apr/08: This version has now been superseded by 2.8.7a.
It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations etc. This affects people browsing the web with Internet Explorer while XChat is running.
14/Jun/08: This version has now been superseded by 2.8.7c.
Released a new version for Linux/Unix today: 2.8.4, which has similar features (ability to move the tree and userlist) to the Windows release a few weeks ago (see youtube video below).
Chat rooms come with their own etiquette, or "netiquette", which may confuse or even intimidate a novice.
Here are some suggestions on how to take part in web chat without causing undue offence.