Clicking website link defaults to Chrome browser and not to the web page.

Trying to open web links, it defaults to Windows 8, Lenovo lap top. I receive an e-mail from Twitter with a link to go to the website from which the short Tweet was originated. This only opens a new Google browser. I have only used this device a few times and not familiar with Windows 8 settings.

The links in that Tweet are supposed to to go the website(s). I see it trying to get there in the address bar but it then goes to Google.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Otherwise does the computer work properly?

Can you try opening this website on another computer that has Chrome as well (and IE or Edge as Default)?

It is probably related to the website and the above will help you verify.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
Where are you clicking? If I click on the image I get the page associated with the tweet
nickg5Author Commented:
I click on this and it takes me to Twitter and I go to the tweet and click on the liink to read the full article and it fails. Not happening on others right now. Also not used to locating specific stories on Twitter so I rely on the links from thee emails.

 I have to crop the photo before I can post it. Need Microsoft Picture Manager with this Windows 8
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Not happening on others right now.

Uninstall Chrome, restart, and try your link again.

Assuming that does not start Chrome now (not there), try installing the latest version of Chrome and when it asks to be default, say NO.
nickg5Author Commented:
John, my version is from 7-2-18.
 I did choose it as default search tool and here is the e-mail where the link came from.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There is a version of Chrome from late August or early September  In addition to what I suggested above, use a newer version of Chrome.
nickg5Author Commented:
After removing Chrome and using IE when I click on the article on Twitter it takes me to Google. I removed Google but not the browsing history if that makes any difference.

David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
Where exactly are you clicking?  do you have blocked somewhere? i.e. in your hosts file c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts ? Does your AV block it?
works for everyone but you
nickg5Author Commented:
Windows 8, a different e-mail from the same source and that takes me to Google too. I'm clicking on the article or the link or whatever there is to click on. They take me to Google.

Trend Micro is AV and no problems on these Twitter videos on my Windows 7 Desktop.

I've limited knowledge on Windows 8. I can try to locate that file you posted.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
After removing Chrome and using IE when I click on the article on Twitter it takes me to Google.

If Chrome has been uninstalled (Programs and Features), then the above should not happen (trying to run Chrome). Try the following (keeping Chrome uninstalled).

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator.

Run SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete.

Run   dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Now close out, restart and test.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
open it in notepad. Easier if you open an administrative cmd prompt as you need to be running the editor as an administrator in order to save the file
nickg5Author Commented:
Today from the same e-mail program to Twitter and a CNBC video opened fine.
I went back to the Investitute e-mail and it got to Twitter and I clicked on the link and the web page to watch the video was seen in the address bar for a few seconds. Then it went to
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Ask Investitute Support.
nickg5Author Commented:
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome.
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