URL defaults to FTP instead of HTTP.

Here's something that's been annoying me for a while...

As my company's webmaster, I often FTP into our company website to upload/download files.  Instead of using a third-party FTP client, I find it's often more convenient to open up a browser, and type ftp://www.companyname.com in the address bar instead of http://www.companyname.com.

Here's my problem:  Somewhere along the line, my browser has assumed that FTP is my default.  When I just tap in "www.companyname.com", it loads up the FTP site.  If I want to view my company's web site, I have to EXPLICITLY type out "http://www.companyname.com," making sure to include that HTTP://.

Annoying!  I've searched high and low, but can't find a way to make it ASSUME I'm trying to visit the WEB site when typing www.companyname.com.  It's a minor annoyance, but those are the ones that make Mondays so rough.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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SheharyaarSaahilConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello HeitmanProgrammers =)

Have u checked in registry yet if ur default prefix has changed to ftp or not ??
if NO then try this !!

goto Start>Run>regedit>and navigate to the following key
>> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\DefaultPrefix
look in the right pane... is the value set to "http://"

if yes then select the below folder of  Prefixes in the left pane,
look in the right pane for www key, can u see "http://" infront of it ??

coz these are the reigstry keys which handles the default prefix for internet explorer.... if they are wrongly assigned, u get this problem !!
and if this is the reason in ur case, u can either correct them manually, or download this registry file and it will do it automatically for u !! :)

Post Back and Good Luck :)
Zaheer IqbalTechnical Assurance & ImplementationCommented:

Try Tools --> Internet Options..  Advanced and untick Inline Autocompelete.. That should do it.
Then also delte all temporary internet files.. too.
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
No dice.  I already have Inline Autocomplete un-ticked.  It doesn't "auto-complete" the URL as I type it... it just changes it once I hit enter.

I type "www.companyname.com" and hit enter.

My browser automatically logs in to ftp://ftp.companyname.com/web.

Anyone else?
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HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
Still no dice.

My default prefix in my registry is set to http://.

Again, this works FINE with every single url EXCEPT that for my company home page.  I believe that I visited my company's FTP site before I ever visited the WWW site, which is likely the cause of this problem.

Anyone else?
have u deleted all ur History files yet from Internet Options ??
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
Yes.  I have deleted all history files many times since this problem began, as well as all Internet files.
when in IE, u hit F4 key,,, can u see ftp://ftp.companyname.com/web listed there in the list ??
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
Yes and no.

I see "www.companyname.com" with an FTP icon next to it instead of a WEB icon.

I think you're on the right track... where do I edit this list?
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
Nevermind, we're not on the right track... that's just my history, and it shows up because I've been testing this out.

I just cleared my history, and now it's gone... but www.companyname.com still sends me straight to the FTP site.

yeah, close all browser and explorer windows and then goto Start>Run>type  regedit  (hit enter)
and navigate to the following key

>> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs
in the right pane u will see all those F4 addresses, look for the ftp://ftp.companyname.com/web registry key, and u can delete it from there to remove it from that list !!

close regedit, and reopen IE to check now for the problem ??
Post Back :)
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
Nope, that did the same thing as just clearing my history... so no dice.
HeitmanProgrammersAuthor Commented:
I just solved the problem.

There was a shortcut on my Desktop to the FTP site, and the shortcut name was "www.companyname.com."

So when I would type "www.companyname.com" in my address bar, it would think I was running the desktop shortcut.  The shortcut, was, of course, a link to the FTP site.

Thanks for your help on this!  I'll pretend you got it right and award you the points.
lol.... how minor things can screw our brains !! ;-)
glad u got it atlast.... thanx for the points and Cheers ^_^
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