Internet Explorer not automatically adding the 'http://' bit at the beginning

Posted on 2004-08-17
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
We are having problems with some systems that were infected with spyware, and now can't finish the URLs in Internet explorer. If you type in instead of t just doesn't open. We have tried all the obvious things like re-instaling Internet Explorer, resetting all the default settings and running various spyware removal packages. We have also re-registered all the associated DLL files. Just wondered if anyone had any ideas?

Thanks a lot,
Question by:DClayden
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by:Luc Franken
ID: 11818420
Hi DClayden,

Lost http prefix in URLs

SUMMARY: Internet Explorer not adding http:// to your URLs? This may help.
After dealing with some viruses and spyware, you may have come across a situation in Internet Explorer 6 where the default prefix "http://" is missing. For example, if you type in into Internet Explorer, it will never add the "http://" in front, making the correct URL

If this has happened, copy the text between the --- signs below into a file called 'prefix.reg' (use Notepad or your favorite text editor). Note that the [HKEY] lines are split in two for viewing on this page. Double-click the file from Explorer, and it should solve your problem. Since this is a registry editing tip, all standard disclaimers apply.





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ID: 11818688
That's fixed it! It was the www key that didn't have the http:// in.

Thanks a lot!
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Luc Franken earned 125 total points
ID: 11818696
You're very welcome, glad to help :)

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ID: 11991693

I have a similar situation where my PC got into virus problem. Though I recovered from it - I am facing the same problem. But surprisingly my registry is having the entries you had talked about. Still its not working. For e.g. _ earlier I used to type "" and the address used to get completed and the page appears but now it doesn't appear and I am getting the a page like "C:\Documents and Settings\N4741\Desktop\" where N4741 is my userid (which has administrator right as well).
Hope somebody would be able to help us.
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by:Luc Franken
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No problem subrap, but within the rules of Experts Exchange.
Please create your own question by clicking this link:

Then, if you want, you can email me the link, or post it here if you like and I'll see what I can do for you.


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ID: 11995487
yes i have posted under my name and the question no is : Q_21121322. Hope you would be able to help.

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ID: 12150189
Hi -

I'm having the same problem described above and copied the registry fixes into Notepad.  When I go to Explorer and double click on the Notepad file, it merely opens it.  How do I get it to "run" the changes?
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by:Luc Franken
ID: 12153933

Please check the full information at http:#11818420 and make sure you have named the file prefix.reg
Now you've probably named it prefix.reg.txt as that's the default for notepad (known file extensions are hidden)


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