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Windows 7: Application Hyperlinks Do Not Connect, Yet Browsing is Normal

18 Feb 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Application Hyperlinks Do Not Connect, Yet Browsing is Normal


Many Windows apps have embedded hyperlinks pointing to Web resources: for help, sign-up forms, upgrades to paid versions, etc.

I've noticed just recently that every hyperlink in every application on this machine simply does not work. Clicking any hyperlink in any app does absolutely nothing. There are no error messages or anything else.

However, browsing in Chrome / Firefox / IE is normal - no problem with the network that I can see. I can run speed test, surf around, run SEO spidering software, etc. Also, these same apps work fine on a different machine on the same netwrok — I can click-through on any link and get to that resource in a browser.

So, it seems there's is nothing wrong with the apps, or the network.

Here's what I've done so far, I'm stumped. Can anyone provide a fix or guidance?

Checked the hosts file - normal
Reinstalled a few apps - makes no difference and these same apps work fine elsewhere
Disabled firewall
Explicitly allowed troublesome apps in the firewall
Disabled Avast anti-virus
Disable Malwarebytes anti-malware
Ran network diagnostics

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18 Feb 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum you dont have links associated with an app control panel then default programs and set it there often happens if you remove chrome
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18 Feb 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Excellent! That was it. I did in fact delete Chrome because of some other issues, and installed Chrome Canary. Windows did not have Canary listed in the default program settings. Once I updated the default programs, everything returned to normal. Thank you!
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