When you double-click a internet shortcut (.URL) file or click on a hyperlink in your mail client, you may encounter the error Unable to open this Internet Shortcut. The protocol "http" does not have a registered program. This is akin to saying "hey! you haven’t configured a web browser as the default". Now you know where to look for the solution… the "Default Programs" applet.

The tampered http protocol association settings can be repaired using these steps:

1. Click Start, select Default Programs

2. Select your web browser  (e.g. Internet Explorer) from the list

3. Click Set this program as default

4. Click OK

If that doesn’t do it, follow these steps:

5. Click Set program access and computer defaults

6. Click Custom, and select your web browser

7. Click OK.

This resets the default web browser, thereby fixing the http and other protocol association settings automatically.

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  1. ReallyRaptor
    said this on Sunday, October 4th 2015 2:06 am

    Thank you so much! I originally had Internet Explorer as my default, then I downloaded some thing and forgot to deselect Google Chrome… so it turned all of my shortcuts to open in Google Chrome. I just deleted it and that exact pop up popped up.. I tried this and set it back to Internet Explorer and it works now! Thank you so much!

  2. M'Lea Peak
    said this on Friday, April 10th 2015 9:12 pm

    Thank you so much…fixed it immediately!!!

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