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This ALWAYS happens when I'm reading the "NY TIMES Today's Headlines", but I'm pretty sure it's happened under other circumstances. When I click on an article I want to read, Firefox pops up with it and moments later IE pops up with the same article. What have I screwed up?
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by:Marc Z
ID: 20391177
Well, the first question we will have is,
Which browser did you want to Open?  And then we will tell you to Confirm that it is set as your Default.

In IE, go to Tools->Internet Options->Programs and hit the Make Default if you desire that one.

In Firefox, go to Tools->Options->Main and Hit the Check Now if you desire that one.

Keep in mind, you should probably uncheck the Warn me if I am not the default browser on the same pages of the one you don't want to be default.  

And Set your defaults while the other one is closed.
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by:MikeLong
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Checked both. Firefox is set as my default browser. If I go to Control Panel | Internet Options, it tells me that IE is NOT.

         BUT

When I go to IE | Tools |  Internet Options I get

"This operation has been cancelled due to restriction in effect on this computer. Please contact you system administrator." I told Spybot S&D to lock it out. I (almost) never (purposely) use IE.
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by:MikeLong
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ACTUALLY--
In IE Internet Options there is no "Make Default" on the Programs tab. There are two relevant settings: a tick box which says "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser - (this is unticked) and a command button which says "Reset Web Settings" which I don't want to push - do I?
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by:MikeLong
ID: 20503876
Geez, I'm amazed.

I NEVER expected this would be "unanswerable". I've got 20 more points which I'll tack on.

Firefox is set as my default browser. Internet Explorer is NOT. What would cause them BOTH to open when I click on a link in my NY Times email? (Source of email (as saved to html file by Firefox and shown by Word) is attached)
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<html xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml"
xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word"
xmlns="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40">
 
<head>
<meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name=ProgId content=Word.Document>
<meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 10">
<meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Word 10">
<link rel=File-List
href="Today's%20Headlines%20In%20Reversal%20Fed%20Approves%20Plan%20to%20Curb%20Risky%20Lending_files/filelist.xml">
<link rel=Edit-Time-Data
href="Today's%20Headlines%20In%20Reversal%20Fed%20Approves%20Plan%20to%20Curb%20Risky%20Lending_files/editdata.mso">
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</style>
<![endif]-->
<title>Today's Headlines</title>
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 <o:DocumentProperties>
  <o:Author>Papa</o:Author>
  <o:Revision>1</o:Revision>
  <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime>
  <o:Created>2007-12-19T23:19:00Z</o:Created>
  <o:Pages>1</o:Pages>
  <o:Words>2007</o:Words>
  <o:Characters>11440</o:Characters>
  <o:Company>Microsoft Corporation</o:Company>
  <o:Lines>95</o:Lines>
  <o:Paragraphs>26</o:Paragraphs>
  <o:CharactersWithSpaces>13421</o:CharactersWithSpaces>
  <o:Version>10.2605</o:Version>
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</xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
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  <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom>
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</head>
 
<body bgcolor=white lang=EN-US link="#000066" vlink="#444464" style='tab-interval:
36.0pt' alink="#990000" leftmargin=15 marginwidth=15 marginheight=15>
 
<div class=Section1>
 
<p class=MsoNormal><b>From:</b> NYTimes.com [nytdirect@nytimes.com]<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Wednesday, 19 December 2007 22:24<br>
<b>To:</b> mike@english-language.co.nz<br>
<b>Subject:</b> Today's Headlines: In Reversal, Fed Approves Plan to Curb Risky
Lending<a name=top></a></p>
 
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      &nbsp;&nbsp;Compiled 2 AM E.T.</span> </p>
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      <td style='padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm'>
      <p class=MsoNormal><img border=0 width=202 height=49 id="_x0000_i1029"
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    <p class=MsoNormal><img border=0 width=598 height=4 id="_x0000_i1031"
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    <td width=10 style='width:7.2pt;background:white;padding:0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm'>
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          <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><br>
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MikeLong,

Sorry, I must have overlooked this.  You mention you set Spybot to lock it out.  I believe that is your issue.  Are you running Spybot's Teatimer? What about it's Immunize Feature?  First thing  I would do is start up Spybot, go through the Settings and turn off Teatimer, uncheck any IE Locks that you set, it is possible that you set it to just lock  and not inform you of the change.


After that, we should take a look at what you have for your system defaults.
Open windows control panel, go to add/remove programs, on the left hand side hit the Set Program Access and Defaults button, and confirm that you have Firefox set as your default there.
Another place to confirm that Firefox is set as default here.

Open My Computer, select Tools->Folder Options->File Types.
Scroll through list to find these and make sure Firefox is set as default:

     URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol
     URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy
     URL:File Transfer Protocol
     HTML File
     HTM File (optional)

Note that you may find the URL file types above under extension "N/A" or "(NONE)".

You may need to hit the Advanced button and make sure DDE is unchecked, also.

I'm pretty sure that will fix it, but if not,

We may need to try this fix http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_browser#Force_Firefox_to_make_itself_the_default
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Thanks. No more 2 windows. Unfortunately, I went ahead and did basically everything on your list, so I don't really know what fixed it. One day when I have nothing better to do, I might back out these changes and reintroduce them one by one so I learn something.

Thanks again
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Glad it's working for you now.  You are right, it could have been a combination of things or simply one.  Although if you were using Teatimer and for some reason you told it not to tell you when it fixed (or blocked) something, you wouldn't have known when it did.

I believe that might have contributed but also the DDE change has been known to cause the issue also.

Simply hit the Accept this answer above so we don't clutter the site with open questions, please. And if you haven't already tacked on the 20 points, please don't.  Keep them for when you need them.  I'm just glad you got it working properly.
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Sorry, I thought "Is this what you were looking for?" was all I had to click. Thanks again for your help.
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