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  1.    30 Jun 2018 #1

    Desktop shortcuts no longer work


    Completely out of the blue last night, the majority of the desktop shortcuts I have to Internet sites have stopped working! I can access them (the websites) on my Android phone, but not on my PC. I am using Firefox as my browser and Windows 10. Any thoughts as to why this might be happening? My Android is connected via my Wi-Fi modem and the PC is hard-wired to the modem.

    Addendum: I've just noticed the links URLs that work start with https: and those that do not start with http:
    Last edited by ChrisC; 30 Jun 2018 at 13:01.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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       30 Jun 2018 #2

    The s signifies a secure site, have seen it help to go to Control Panel, Internet Options or IE, Tools, Internet Options and set the Security to Default. Also you may try adding the s to those URLs without it, if it then opens resave it.
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  3.    30 Jun 2018 #3

    Yes, I know the "s" is for secure.

    I followed your instructions, but it didn't change anything. I have found that by changing the URL to https:www. etc., etc., I usually can pull up the site. If I drag it to the desktop to make a shortcut, it isn't accessible through the link! I'm baffled, to say the least!
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  4.    30 Jun 2018 #4

    Press the Windows and "i" keys simultaneously, click "Apps", "Default Apps", scroll down and click "Choose default apps by protocol" and make sure "http" is set to Firefox.

    Ben
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       30 Jun 2018 #5

    ChrisC said: View Post
    Completely out of the blue last night, the majority of the desktop shortcuts I have to Internet sites have stopped working! I can access them (the websites) on my Android phone, but not on my PC. I am using Firefox as my browser and Windows 10. Any thoughts as to why this might be happening? My Android is connected via my Wi-Fi modem and the PC is hard-wired to the modem.

    Addendum: I've just noticed the links URLs that work start with https: and those that do not start with http:
    Try Rebuild Icon Cache tutorial :
    Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10
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  6.    30 Jun 2018 #6

    Okay, tried that............also tried setting it to "https" Firefox. Neither fixed the problem.
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       30 Jun 2018 #7

    quote : Completely out of the blue last night.....

    Do a System Restore. Pick a date you did not have this problem as your restore point, such as 3 or 4 days ago.
    System Restore Windows 10
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  8.    30 Jun 2018 #8

    davidhk said: View Post
    Try Rebuild Icon Cache tutorial :
    Rebuild Icon Cache in Windows 10
    Thanks, but that is far too complicated for my low level of computer skills.
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  9. davidhk's Avatar
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       30 Jun 2018 #9

    ChrisC said: View Post
    Thanks, but that is far too complicated for my low level of computer skills.
    Don't sell yourself short.
    The tutorial is really simple.
    Go to Option One > click the Download blue button > Save As > save it to your desktop > exit.
    At your desktop, RIGHT click at that bat file saved at desktop > click Open > tap on any key to start the process > when done, you will be asked if you want to restart or not > type y as in yes, n as in no. (For good measure, type y to restart. I never have to.)
    That's it.
    Now try your desktop shortcuts.
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  10.    30 Jun 2018 #10

    Just got off the phone with the guy who repairs and maintains my computer. He said it's not a problem within my computer. It has to do with Google requiring sites to purchase a security certificate for their site to work. He had to do it for his site because people couldn't access it. That's why changing the address to https://www will usually allow access. However I can't seem to save them. He says it will take about a month for everything to settle down. Anyone know about this on the forum?
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