Forum Thread: All links contain an odd, faulty substring - how to get rid of that?

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mmo All links contain an odd, faulty substring - how to get rid of that?
Member 28th Jul, 2010 09:38
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For some strange reason ALL links in PSI (e.g. links to download a solution or links to the fora) contain an odd substring "-nohome%22%20%22http//"

E.g. the link to this forum starts with:

http://-nohome%22%20%22http//secunia.com/community..."

Of course these links never work and so I always have to manually correct it and remove the "-nohome%22%20%22http//" part of it and then the link works. Where is this garbage stemming from? And why are ALL PSI links disformed in this way? Is this some proxy setting gone wild or what? How can I fix this?

This is using PSI 1.5.0.2 on Windows 7.

Michael

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Member 28th Jul, 2010 09:44
Hi,

Have you manually tampered with your registry? Or have there been any other recent changes on your system?
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mmo RE: All links contain an odd, faulty substring - how to get rid of that?
Member 28th Jul, 2010 10:52
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NO - I have not tampered with the registry.

And, yes, there were many other changes on my system since I installed PSI.
After all, I am following PSI's hints and keep updating all flagged SW right away.

But your questions lead me to hope that this URL can be found (and thus corrected) via the registry. What's the key that contains that prefix?

Michael
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Member 28th Jul, 2010 10:56
Hi,

The PSI uses this key to determine which browser to use:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command

A corruption of this key could result in the behaviour you describe. Please note that tampering with registry settings is not recommended unless you are very sure what you are doing - there is a clear potential for system breakage if you begin modifying these variables by hand.

It might be worth trying to reset your default browser. Doing so should overwrite this registry key, and might correct the problem without manual tampering.

Perhaps you could try following these instructions: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/471...

It does not directly address you problem (that is rather unique), but does provide instructions on how to reset the key that seems to be causing the problem.

hope this helps.
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mmo RE: All links contain an odd, faulty substring - how to get rid of that?
Member 28th Jul, 2010 11:13
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Hi,
that key indeed read:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome" "%1"

i.e. there was a trailing " after the -nohome, which means, the quotes were not balanced. No idea, how that happened, though...

I removed that (anyway unnecessary) doublequote and now things are back to normal. Beats me, why this wrong command quoting only surfaced in PSI and never elsewhere.

Thanks for providing the details that helped me to spot and fix this!

Michael
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