http protocol registration ?

gale_tApril 18, 2013

Windows 7 Ultimate, default browser FF with IE as back-up.
I uninstalled my McAfee and downloaded AVG. Now, none of my shortcuts will open. Googling I found some help, but, so far nothing has helped.

Tried: start, defaults, and http isn't even listed.
Tried: start, control panel, defaults, reset my default to IE but it wanted to remove FF.

Can anybody help meeeee? TIA

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Maybe you need to completely uninstall your McAfee by using their uninstall cleanup tool. Otherwise leftovers will cause strange odd unpredictable problems.

Download .. Right click and select Run as Administrator. follow its directions to remove all McAfee products on your computer.

Hopefully that's all it is.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Tks for the try, mikie, but that didn't do a thing.

I've since tried going back to a recent restore point and that isn't working either. Baffling to say the least. Having to google all my shortcuts is driving me nutzoid!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 10:18AM
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If the Cause was only uninstalling McAfee & adding AVG ... eliminating or fixing both of those should be your remedy.
Whats left now is getting rid of AVG completely to eliminate it as the cause.

I'd suggest you uninstall AVG and running their Uninstall tool afterwards too. if things start working for you then,,, I would go to and install the Microsoft Security Essentials - and I probably would be cursing AVG but wondering if McAfee leftovers had caused AVG to have a poor install.

I'm wondering why you originally decided to be rid of McAfee and went to AVG - you must have had some reason... and have you had other A-V brands installed before the McAfee that may have lingering left overs.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 2:01PM
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This computer is a year old, built by a friend, so I don't think it had any leftovers. I was particuliar what I put back on it.

McAfee yearly fee was due and I've always had AVG and it's worked well, so I thought I'd try the 30 days free and go from there. Bad move on my part. It shouldn't have been, tho.

I'll give your much appreciated advice a try and let you know. Tks.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 6:42PM
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I would remove both AVs followed up with CCleaner's registry tool only removing entries pertaining to McAfee and AVG. Then I would try a system restore to a time prior to the Mcafee removal and AVG install. Then install AVG.

I do believe you may have confused the "free trial" of the commercial version of AVG with the "free" version of AVG.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 9:05PM
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Tried to download Microsoft Security Essentials and it said I can't because I have 64 bit and was trying to download the one for the 32 bit.

Hi, DA. I think you're right. I screws up somewhere that's for sure. Should have bought the McAfee and saved myself all this grief. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, etc.

I'm just concerned about my computer being vulnerable for the time it takes to get all of this accomplished.

I'd like to have the Microsoft Security Essentials that mikie suggested. Have heard some good things about it.

Somehow the registry was compromised during the downloading and uninstalling and I'm hoping cleaning it up will help. The saga continues. Hold my coat, I'm going in. I'll let you know how it goes. Tks.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 6:47PM
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I'm happy to say that I now have Security Essentials securely downloaded. Here's how I fixed my registry problem.
1.Start, control panel
2.Click on Programs
3.Click on Default Programs
4.Click on Set Your Default Programs (top choice)
5.Scroll down 'til you find http for your browser
6 Click once and look at the top right and click Change Program
7. Choose FF make sure the 'Always use the selected program to handle the protocol' is checked and click ok. Make sure to click this as being your default (or whatever browser you choose.
8. Do steps 1 - 6 for all your other browsers.

Hope this helps someone with the same problem.

Tks again for all your help. Y'all are the best.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 8:31AM
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Glad you got your system up and running properly.

Thank you for returning and sharing the resolution. After members have taken the time to make suggestions/recommendations you would be surprised how many posters don't. We never know what worked or what didn't.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 9:01AM
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I know, DA, that's why I make it a point to follow-up with everything. You spend your time and energy to help me, that's the least I can do. Wish more peeps felt that way.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:00AM
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