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Even after I've uninstalled Google Chrome, when other programs want to open a website (e.g.: Yahoo! Messenger getting a profile) they will still attempt to do so through Chrome, and fail looking for it.

I've read all the advice on how to make Firefox or IE for Windows 7 the default browser.

I don't think Google would do this sort of "hijack the default browser" thing and I'm convinced it must be a trojan or virus or even a registry hack.

If so, any ideas on how I would go about fixing this without purchasing every virus/trojan program until it was removed? That method could be an expensive fix.

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Now that Google Chrome is uninstalled, you should make sure that one of your other browsers has been made the Default Browser. –  rlb.usa Apr 13 '10 at 22:54
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Setting default browser manually

You can manually set the default browser by selecting it as the the default program for individual file types and protocols, as follows:

  • Windows XP and earlier: Open the Control Panel from the Windows Start menu.
    • In Windows 2000 and earlier, or if Windows XP is using the Control Panel "Classic View": Click on "Folder Options -> File Types".
    • In Windows XP, if using the Control Panel "Category View": Click on "Performance and Maintenance". Then, click on "File Types" in the left column under the heading "See Also".
  • Windows 7 and Vista: Click the Start button, open "Default Programs" and then click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program".

Source of above and additional info

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Thank you Nifle Im a Windows 7 Home Premium box and so far your solution has worked for me. I like Google Chrome just I like Firefox as my default browser. –  Russsell Feldman Apr 15 '10 at 13:03
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