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I can no longer Open the Favorites I've Organized in Internet Explorer 3.02. When I try to do so, I receive a message that openurl.exe is needed. (This program is needed for opening files of type "Internet Shortcut.")

I can open bookmarks in Netscape Navigator.

I suspect that my problems originated when I downloaded/installed IE-Safe from Eliashim. This supposedly addresses a fairly recent security problem with IE (not the most recent one identified by Bell Labs).  IE-Safe works - I think - by preventing remote access to shortcuts, while enabling local access.

Since I had previously installed the Microsoft patch, I guess I wasn't too surprised when I received the following message when I began logging on to my ISP:

"Access to specified device, path, or file is denied"
(White X inside red circle)

I could still complete the process of logging on to the Internet.

I contacted Eliashim and was told to uninstall IE-Safe using the Uninstall function.  I was also told to edit the registry and remove all traces of Eliashim and IE-Safe.  I did so and my problems Opening the Favorites I've Organized in IE 3.02 surfaced immediately afterwards.

I contacted an IE-sing friend and told him to e-mail me a copy of openurl.exe.  He said he doesn't have it.

Eliashim/ESafe said they do not support patches to IE-Safe and can't help me.

Update:

Eliashim/eSafe has offered to help me.  It seems that urlopen.exe is a file installed to Windows by IE-Safe.

I have been advised to edit the Registry as follows:

Under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut\shell\open\command the default value now says -  "C:\WINDOWS\urlopen.exe %1"
The default value needs to be changed to -
"rundll32.exe url.dll,OpenURL %1"   This is the value listed under OldApp.

So my question becomes how - running Regedit - do I delete the current default listing and then make the current default listing what is now listed as an OldApp ?

I am assuming I should delete my current default listing ("...\urlopen.exe %1") because I have already eliminated all traces of IE-Safe and Eliashim in the Registry and in Windows.






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Yes, you have to delete the default listing and return to the value under oldapp. Just click on the default value, delete, and then there could be a key-renaming function also that would allow you to change the name of the key to the default.
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The nature of my problem keeps mutating. By the time I read your answer, I had already figured out how to edit the registry to change the name of the key to the default I want.

Unfortunately, I still cannot Open Favorites I've Organized in IE 3.02.  I see the desired default value when I click from View-Options-Programs(tab)-File Types-Internet Shortcut. Action-Open.  Application used to perform action: "rundll32.exe url.dll,OpenURL %l"

Still, when I try to Open a Favorite I've Organized, i get the message: "PROGRAM NOT FOUND. Windows cannot find ________.url" (Example: VeriFone, Inc.url) " This program is needed for opening files of type 'Internet Shortcut'.  Location of _______.url:  C:\ " (This is highlighted.)  "OK   Cancel   Locate"
(When I chose Locate, I saw "BROWSE FOR FOLDER.  Locate: Specify the folder that contains __________.url."

When I right mouse-click on a Favorite and go to Properties-Internet Shortcut, I see that the Target Url is filled out correctly.  The Start In space is empty. The word "None" is next to Shortcut Key. "Normal Window" is next to Run.
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My problem has been resolved.  No need to answer. (I'll keep the additional 100 points, if you don't mind!)      ;-)

The advice I receive from Eliashim was correct.  I made a mistake when I edited the Registry by putting double quotation marks around the default value.  When I retyped the default value and left out the quotation marks, my problem was solved.  
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