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Windows 7: email website links and taskbar pin website defaulting to Chrome

23 Apr 2016   #1
billturton

Windows Home Premium
 
 
email website links and taskbar pin website defaulting to Chrome

Links to websites, either from emails or from shortcuts pinned to my PC desktop's task-bar have suddenly been directed to Google Chromes search page. There are four icons pinned to the task-bar that work;Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Google Earth and Windows Live Mail all of the rest, such as Facebook, Ancerstry.com YouTube and others now default to the Google Chrome search page.

I have run numerous anti-virus scans all of which have not picked up anything sinister.

The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. I am not a IT tecky but should be able to follow straight forward instruction, if anyone has any ideas on this problem.


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23 Apr 2016   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Bill, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could use step 4 in the tutorial below to set the browser you want to be the default for all its supported file type associations that should sort this for you.

Default Programs - Set a Program's Default Associations
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23 Apr 2016   #3
billturton

Windows Home Premium
 
 

Hi Brink. Many thanks for your help. I followed the instructions. At first I thought that they hadn't worked but then I unpinned the links and replaced them afresh; something that I had done yesterday but without success. This time there was some success. However, as I am replacing them some, such as Facebook and Youtube are working again, yet others are not working and the frustration continues.
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23 Apr 2016   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hmm, I'm not sure why some work fine while others do not.

As a test, download and merge the .reg file for the listed url item in the tutorial below to see if it may help. It'll restore the default associations for .url files (website shortcuts).

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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23 Apr 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You say you scanned but do not say what security was originally installed
Plus post which scanners you used.

It is not at all normal what is happening with the shortcuts.
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