Posted on 1997-07-27
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.
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.