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

Posted on 2009-04-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I noticed this recently on a machine I cleaned spyware from. On any other machine I can type or or 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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