Yahoo Messenger 8 - link to mail gives wrong URL

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Using Yahoo Messenger version 8. Have recently used a couple of programs to clear out spyware. Now the link to Yahoo Mail from Yahoo Messenger does not work properly. (I mean the envelope Icon near the top of the main messenger window.)

I've found that the problem is the url that it tries to go to - it is coming up as beginning with


If i manually edit out the %22http// part the url is fine.

So the question is where do I edit something to correct his behaviour so that the link gives the correct URL?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:topcat9999

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    I'm assuming that the Yahoo! Mail thing is a shortcut.  Go to your icon for it, right click, and go to properties.  in there it might show you the address, or where another file is.  If it is a link to another file, click find target.  Right click on that executable and go to properties.  inside of there it should have a thing that points to the internet.  %22 is the url encoded version of a ".  I would bet that there is a extra " on your executables properties.

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    To clarify - the icon is a shortcut, but not a desktop one. It's withn the main Yahoo Messenger window, therfore you don't get a context menu when you right click it.

    I'm sure you are right about the extra " somewhere, but I don't know what to edit to fix it - maybe a registry setting?

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    hmmm, i haven't used Yahoo Messenger in a while.  I just had a look.  Looks to me like your best bet is to uninstall and reinstall.

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    I tried an uninstall/reinstall - still have the same problem.

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    OK - problem solved! I made firefox my default browser - the Yahoo link worked in it. Then I switched back to IE being my default browser and behold - the yahoo link works correctly again!!!!
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