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

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 www.google.co.uk instead of http://www.google.co.uk 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,
Dan
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DClaydenAsked:
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LucFConnect With a Mentor EMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're very welcome, glad to help :)

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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi DClayden,

Lost http prefix in URLs
http://malektips.com/internet_explorer_6_0016.html

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 www.experts-exchange.com into Internet Explorer, it will never add the "http://" in front, making the correct URL http://www.experts-exchange.com

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.

---
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\DefaultPrefix]
@="http://"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\Prefixes]
"ftp"="ftp://"
"gopher"="gopher://"
"home"="http://"
"mosaic"="http://"
"www"="http://"
---

Greetings,

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

Thanks a lot!
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subrapCommented:

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 "mail.yahoo.com" 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\#mail.yahoo.com" where N4741 is my userid (which has administrator right as well).
Hope somebody would be able to help us.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
No problem subrap, but within the rules of Experts Exchange.
Please create your own question by clicking this link:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/askQuestion.jsp

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.

LucF
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subrapCommented:
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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kuzmishinCommented:
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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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
kuzmishin,

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)

LucF
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