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Windows 7: Desktop Shortcuts opens to google home page ?

16 Dec 2017   #1
olddodger

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Desktop Shortcuts opens to google home page ?

Most of my desktop shortcuts open to my google browser page. However I have a couple that open to the shortcut like normal. The difference that I can see between the ones that are working and the ones that are not working is this.
Right click on good working shortcut, properties, Target =
the address of short cut, like this, ://www.avast.com/faq.php?article=AVKB89#idt_01

Right click on non-working shortcuts, properties, Target =
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=olmifpbkncnamjhbhijbaekfbpdp

Also if I create a new desktop shortcut, it does not work also, same as above.
How can I fix broken shortcuts ? Thank You


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16 Dec 2017   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Welcome to our forum olddodger

I presume you have scanned with your security programs.

This is one I use when need be.

Online Malware Detection ESET


I'm thinking that Chrome and Google has bundled and installed some unwanted goodies on your system.

Jack
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17 Dec 2017   #3
olddodger

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Welcome to our forum olddodger

I presume you have scanned with your security programs.

This is one I use when need be.

Online Malware Detection ESET


I'm thinking that Chrome and Google has bundled and installed some unwanted goodies on your system.

Jack
Yes, malwarebytes, avast premium, and I disabled those and ran the one you suggested. Nothing, no issues found on any of them ! I am at a loss. Thanks for your reply, anyone else have any suggestions ?
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17 Dec 2017   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

How are you creating your shortcuts?

If nothing else go to the program and right tick and select Send To/Desktop.
This will make new Desktop shortcut Icons.
Check the new Icon and see if it works.
If it does, remove the old shortcut.

Jack
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17 Dec 2017   #5
olddodger

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
How are you creating your shortcuts?

If nothing else go to the program and right tick and select Send To/Desktop.
This will make new Desktop shortcut Icons.
Check the new Icon and see if it works.
If it does, remove the old shortcut.

Jack
I go to more tools, add to desktop. It adds a page to desktop however it is Google home page. It also gives the same target address as stated in my first post,
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=fmiojokebemncnfbniohjbhfpofndff
Just to make it clear, I have spent hours doing research and trying things to fix this, with no luck of course.
In the target in properties,Default --app-id=fmiojokebemncnfbniohjbhfpofndff this shoud be the actual address of site I am wanting to add to desktop !
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17 Dec 2017   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Please read my post #4 again.
I posted nothing about 'tools'.

Where are you finding 'More Tools'?

Are you making shortcuts of Google pages?

Google Groups
I won't let me copy/paste the exact forum thread.

I did find this on the Google Forum

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The desktop shortcuts you add from Chrome has its own unique extension id created when you add a shortcut to desktop from Chrome, and it is what Chrome uses from the parameters in the shortcut to open up the URL.

This is an example of what such a shortcut points at -
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=bdoojkgkkghhiflkdcfjbdniemdhfdde

Since there is no extension folder with app id bdoojkgkkghhiflkdcfjbdniemdhfdde on the other computer it fails to open it.

You have two options to make it work,


You have two options to make it work,

To copy the extension files created on your computer to other computers which is at this location on Windows 7 systems (note that each Chrome profile has its own set of extension, so you have to consider adding this to other profile folders if you do not want to open it in the Default profile, as well as change the red highlighted part with the profile's name)
C:\Users\depy\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
Copy the folder that matches the app-id from the folder and copy it to the other computer at the same location.
Now the shortcut can be used on the other computer .

or the easier approach,
manually add the shortcuts on each computer.

or the easier approach,
manually add the shortcuts on each computer.

There is another idea that you may consider if you are into coding and know basic web development - that is packing it as a small extension and share the packaged file for others to install (though users do have to later add its shortcut on the desktop) - Packaging - Google Chrome - You can use the extension files from the folder and pack it as a crx file, it will work perfectly fine.

Let me know if this helps.

Thank you.
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It seem to be a Google Chrome thing.

I suggest removing Google Chrome and IF you must have Chrome download and install again.

Another option.

Use another browser and search for this.

Default --app-id=bdoojkgkkghhiflkdcfjbdniemdhfdde

Then the Google Forum.

Jack
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17 Dec 2017   #7
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I never have website short cuts on my Desktop. Instead I use Bookmarks & Tabs within the Browser for websites that I use regularly.
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17 Dec 2017   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Bligh I do as you do.

I'm not sure what olddodger is doing and how.

Jack
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17 Dec 2017   #9
olddodger

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Bligh I do as you do.

I'm not sure what olddodger is doing and how.

Jack
Please read my post #4 again.
I posted nothing about 'tools'.

I know of no other way to create a desktop shortcut other than right click to right top page, then more tools, then create a desktop shortcut. Thats it, thats all I am doing.
I am a old guy, I don't know much about computers, however I do know something has changed. I have been creating shortcuts on this PC this way for years.
I do appreciate the help you have offered. I have asked about this on the google help forum. I also have seen several post with the same issue. Only one received a answer it said to paste the url into the target box. I tried that and received errors, would not work. So again thanks for the effort.
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17 Dec 2017   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Why do you want these websites on your desktop. They really should be in your web browser.

Instead of trying to save a website to your desktop, just right click on the opened website & select Bookmark Page. This will save that website for revisiting at any time & not clutter up your desktop. You can have a selection of regularly visited websites showing as tabs if you select Show Tab Bar, then you only need to click on any tab to take you straight to that website.
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