I don't know if this is at all related to the OP's issue, but I started having issues this morning on my home PC with The Bench site. (I'm typing from my work PC now.) It may be tied in to an issue with the Google toolbar -- I got an error message related to a "swg.dll" file, which cause the browser window to close immediately.
I removed the Google toolbar program, but it's still a problem. Everytime I try to go to The Bench, the browser immediately closes. It's weird because I can go to other common sites (Yahoo, CNN, etc.)
Has anyone else come across this? I ran a couple of malware scans but they didn't help.