Why do I have to enter www. in the address bar of IE7 to get to a website

Posted on 2009-04-25
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I noticed this recently on a machine I cleaned spyware from. On any other machine I can type msn.com or google.com or yahoo.com and the website will be displayed. On this machine I get a "website not found error" in a gray popup. In researching this I foulnd a post that mentioned hitting "ctrl-enter" (I think that was the combo) and it worked, Just an FYI thing.
Question by:bwierzbicki
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bwierzbicki--Just guessing.
IE Tools|Internet Options|General tab|Accessibility section|Languages.  At the bottom there is a box to check "Do not add .www to the beginning of web addresses...."  Perhaps you have checked that?
Or you could use Shift+Enter after typing the web site name.
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Hello bwierzbicki,

Auto add HTTP:// to typed address in IE

Start the Registry Editor by going to Start > Run > type REGEDIT > click OK.  Navigate to these keys in the left pane of the Registry Editor window. Check your registry settings:


Make sure the Default value data is set to http://


Make sure www value data is set to http://

Hope this helps!

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that worked like a champ. Thanks for the info
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You are welcome, bwierzbicki !

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