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. gfg416
    said this on Saturday, January 3rd 2015 7:16 am

    Thank you for your help! Had it fixed in less than a minute. Great suggestion.

  2. Donna
    said this on Sunday, October 26th 2014 8:45 am

    Thank you!!! It worked just like you said. I got a message saying needed to update Adobe Flash….Then all hell broke loose. It downloaded flash and also downloaded Google Crome which I didn’t want. This is how my problem started.

  3. allan
    said this on Monday, October 6th 2014 5:40 pm

    I don’t suppose know how to deploy this solution via GroupPolicy ? I have the same issue across all my Windows 7 workstations (server 2012).

    Many thanks!

  4. Ian
    said this on Saturday, August 2nd 2014 7:35 pm

    Excellent. Been hacking around for days trying to work out what to do. Two minutes after reading your tip – bingo!

  5. Victor
    said this on Thursday, June 19th 2014 9:43 pm

    Very helpful – Good Job and thank you.

  6. Arkco
    said this on Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 4:36 pm

    Wonderful, thanks this really helped:)

  7. Donna
    said this on Saturday, March 15th 2014 8:16 am

    Thank you sooooo much, you made it so easy to fix. Other sides give you a long list of BS that doesn’t help at all.

  8. Gary Anderson
    said this on Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 1:06 am

    Solved my problem too. Appreciated.

  9. thomas
    said this on Wednesday, May 15th 2013 9:12 pm

    Thank you very much about helping me with the default. This was very helpful.

    retired US ARMY.

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