Default Browser ?

Dell Optiplex GX240
October 12, 2008 at 23:57:16
Specs: Win XP SP 3, 2GH P4/1GB

I have IE8, Navigator, FireFox, Opera and Safari browers on my machine. Navigator is set as the default browser. However whenever I click on an e-mail link and some other links, IE8 is launched. I don't want this to happen but I don't know how to stop it. No matter which browser is set as the default browser IE8 pops up when an e-mail link is clicked on. What can I do to have my default browser open up when I click on a e-mail link?

Software gives me a headache.


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#1
October 13, 2008 at 04:10:22

Just a guess, if the e-mail link is something you click on the Internet, then maybe that website is causing IE to open. ??
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#2
October 13, 2008 at 07:29:52

Just curious - why do you need so many browsers in the 1st place? And of them all, Netscape is no longer supported, so why make it the default?

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#3
October 13, 2008 at 08:18:10

Default browser - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

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#4
October 13, 2008 at 16:22:34

I'm guessing that you installed IE8 most recently and it decided to overwrite the default browser settings. So I would personally go back to my favoured browser and re-apply the default settings - this will get rid of any overwrite that might have occurred.

It could even be a problem with IE8 itself! Remember that it's still a Beta at this point and is littered with small bugs. I haven't heard of a default browser hijack bug, but it's not unreasonable.

And yes, unless you're a web developer, that really is a lot of browsers to have installed on one PC!

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#5
October 14, 2008 at 01:09:24

Navigator is the default (by choice) because it is the browser that my lovely wife likes and this is her machine. We have so many browsers because at one time or another they all have stopped working. Opera does not work now (and it did up until a few days ago) and IE began to mess up some months back when it was IE7 (and yes, I had the same problem with IE7 that I am having with IE8). Also, I use FireFox which allows me to open my own home page and have my own settings while my lovely wife uses Navigator, which is the only browser that was working before I installed Win XP's SP3. I think having several browsers is an asset.

The only thing that I can figure out is that the MozillaZine Knowledge Base suggested that some links may be hard coded to open IE. Since I use HotMail as my mail server this may be the case. This may explain the other links that sometimes cause IE to open. This would not be a problem if IE was working properly. But it began messing up almost a year ago (on 2 different machines at the same time) which is why I switched to Navigator. I really like IE (when it works) so I wish it did work.

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#6
October 17, 2008 at 15:19:47

You can use a freeware tool to change all programs in windows to the browser you choose to be your default, its called easily enough "Default Browser."

The only programs it won't work for are for HTML editors where you choose in the program what to use to preview a page.

Here is a video tutorial to help install and use it: Default Browser, How To Set In 2 Easy Steps Any Browser In Windows To

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#7
October 31, 2008 at 19:27:32

"Default Browser" did not work. Whenever I click on an e-mail link in my default browser, IE opens up and navigates to Hotmail, my e-mail service. I'm beginning to think it is a Microsoft conspiracy! No, really. Think about it. I'm using Windows XP with integral IE browser. Microsoft Hotmail is my default e-mail account and is set up as such in Internet Properties. And whenever I click on an e-mail link anywhere IE opens and goes to Hotmail. What else can it be but a Microsoft conspiracy! Go figure.

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