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Can't stop Notepad from opening links/

by Louboy999 / June 28, 2013 4:13 PM PDT


I'm having a lot of trouble MS Notepad and certain links/hyperlinks. A huge majority of the time if not all the time if I open a browser (Firefox or any other) and click a link/hyperlink I get taken right to where I need to be. But now say for instance if I open up some kind of game launcher like the World of Warcraft or Steam or even Origin game launcher and click a link/hyperlink I get a bunch of funny looking code that opened up right in MS Notepad. This also happens when I'm using Skype or Team Viewer or even iTunes.

Can anyone please help me fix this error with Notepad opening from these links. This is so annoying and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere!

Thanks for any future help.


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Tried Reassociating the .lnk File Type?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 29, 2013 7:25 AM PDT

Use the link below.. Once there, select the "LNK" file fix and download the .zip file to your desktop.. Unzip the file and extract the .reg file to your desktop. RIGHT click on the .reg file and select "Merge" from the menu.

(If the LNK file fix doesn't take care of the problem, try the EXE file fix as well.)

Hope this helps.


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Did work! :(
by Louboy999 / July 8, 2013 8:02 AM PDT

Hey Grif,

Thanks for the info friend but either one didn't work the first one (LNK) won't even merge, although the second one did (EXE) but was successful at fixing the issue. I'm not sure what else to do anymore thoughts? I really appreciate you helping me out here!

I was thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 though I'm not sure if doing that will make this a permanent problem or on the other hand fix the issue. Any thoughts on how this might effect me going forward?

Thanks again!


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Then Try This....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 12, 2013 8:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Did work! :(

It sounds like the "http" protocol somehow got associated with Notepad instead of a browser.

First, if the problem happened recently, please try using System Restore back to a date when things were good.

Or, try opening each browser separately and uncheck, then recheck the "default" browser in Firefox.. It should cause Firefox to reassociate itself with the http protocol on your computer. If it works, then do the same for each browser.. Causing each browser to associate itself with http. Once it works correctly, you can re-set your choice of default browser.

Next, make sure you don't have any malware infecting the machine.. Download, install, update, then run a full system scan with BOTH of the freeware versions of the tools below:


Hitman Pro

Hope this helps.


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