"Windows cannot find 'http://www.google.com.' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."

Well, I've done it. I've gone and made Firefox my default browser on my home computer. One of the first things I noticed is that opening a URL as a “Start / Run” command pops up the following error before correctly loading the page:

This is a bug in Firefox 0.9 that was supposed to have been fixed in 0.9.1, but still seems to be broken:
Bug 246078: Firefox does a lousy job of making itself the default browser (Funny bug description, no?)

Luke Hutteman describes a manual fix here.

John Haller goes one better with a reg file fix: [description] [ firefox_bug_246078.reg ]


  • Thanks mate, i searched google for this problem and instead of a mozilla link, i got yours fist, and it fixed my problem, cheers!

  • Apparently this wasn't fixed in 0.9.1 -- I've had the problem since setting FireFox as my default browser, but the reg fixed corrected it (win xp).


  • im still having this problem in 0.9.1 also (win xp pro).. bleh. About to appy fix, many thanks.



  • There's always one isn't there. I just get a blank screen.


  • Works great, thanks!

  • Worked a treat. Thanks!

  • Wondered what the hell this was, had no such problem with 0.8.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Thanks for the link to the Registry fix. The error was annoying hell out of me! It also cleared up a related issue with links in my emails where I was getting a Cannot Locate Link Browser.

  • Great fix! Your fix did the trick! Thanks!

  • What if I do not want to use Firefox? How do I get this to stop? Thanks

  • What happens now is that when I double click a shortcut, I see a message :
    Windows cannot find 'http://www. ADDRESS. Make sure you typed the name correctly,and try again. To
    search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

    But while the message remains until I close it, the browser does actually open the web site

    This happens with any shortcut to any of the web sites, and with newly created shortcuts too. But only on the first shortcut...subsequent ones simply open in a new tab without the error message.
    Only happens when clicking a shortcut to open the browser the first time of each session.

  • I am noushin tehrani I Have problem which windows live my country is netherlands age 21-9-1999 my city is Alkmaar my post cod is 1823VE my email is noushintehrani@hotmail.com

  • i have which msn windows live I install toolbar Googele but no changing toolbar windows live why my email is noushintehrani@hotmail.com august 27- 2004 open email age september 21-1999 first name is nik country is nederland city is amsterdam

  • Cool great solution.

    I have firefox 2.0 installed and IE7 is default browser but had the same problem and the same solution solved it

    Many Thanks

  • me too have firefox 2.0 installed and IE7 installed but in my case firefox was the default browser
    //any way i also had the same error msg every time i tried opening *.url files and so far it seems that the reg file solution solved it

    thanks a lot!!


  • Yep, for me also, this problem was happening with Firefox and the first fix seems to solve the problem.

  • Many thanks John.......it worked a treat !

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