Desktop shortcuts go to wrong url.

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  1. Posts : 16
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    Desktop shortcuts go to wrong url.


    Hello, Opera is my default browser. Recently my desktop shortcuts will not open.
    If I double click on BBC Home News for example I am taken to file:///C:/Users/Romeo/Desktop/BBC%20News%20-%20Home.URL. ( Not Home - BBC News.
    I just get a white page with a typewritten message which says -
    [InternetShortcut]
    URL=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
    IDList=
    HotKey=0
    IconFile=C:\Users\Romeo\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\np0rt41x.default\shortcutCache\6s6g03 BdA9Caax2YNU7ZOw==.ico
    IconIndex=0 Any ideas/suggestions welcome thanks.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,275
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
       #2

    Hi Romeo Hotel. Welcome to the TenForums @Romeo Hotel

    If you delete icon and re-create do you get same effect.

    Recently did you do any kind of data moves, like from C: to D: or another partition?

    Interesting you use Opera but it is grabbing iconfile from Firefox.

    Have you tried clearing Opera's cached information, cookies, temporary pages, history, etc.

    Ken
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  3. Posts : 16
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello Ken, thank you for your interest in my problem. I tried deleting and recreating the icon, but got the same result.
    I also cleaned Opera's cache as you suggested but that did not help.
    I did do something recently on my desktop, but cannot be sure what it was. It was something like right clicking on
    the icon brought up a query along the lines of "do you want to always do this", but I can't be sure. What I do know is all the shortcuts
    on my desktop suddenly changed to the opera "O".
    I have been experimenting and have found that if I add a website to Opera's bookmark bar it works fine, but if I drag same bookmark onto my desktop and try to open it from there a blank page opens with this message-
    [InternetShortcut]
    URL=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

    Do you think that maybe the desktop is corrupted in some way? R.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    I think you have to concentrated on the "Always do this" comment you made. Great that you remember this and the fact that they all change to "O". I think this is the cause. Now we need to find solution.

    Have to find where this stored.
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  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,275
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    If you Start => Settings => Apps => down the left default apps.

    When this open look for Choose default by file type.

    Scroll down to .lnk files. My default is blank, what is yours?
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  6. Posts : 16
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    It says "Choose a Default"
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  7. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,275
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    Darn, that is what mine says.

    Do you remember what you right click on.

    One possible route back is a System Restore. Is it enable in your system?
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 24,275
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 2004
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    I would add, could you do the same process you did before for .lnk file types but this time look for .url

    Mine says Internet Browser as default.
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  9. Posts : 16
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I cannot remember exactly what I right clicked on, but I am sure I was trying to open a shortcut.
    I have tried system restore on two different dates, both were unable to complete and changed nothing.
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  10. Posts : 16
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Got there eventually, it's like at the airport it is always the last gate.

    Default Url is Opera.
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