I rewrote the Question to add everything that i tried so far.
- Many of my applications are being opened by Internet Explorer. (not all)
For example when I run
Firefox.exe(from shortcut) I get IE run instead, with the following URL
http: // %22d/ Browser/firefox.exe%22 (I added spaces to prevent link creation)
the shortcut target is: "D:\Browser\firefox.exe"
when I attempted to open firefox.exe from it's folder the results were the same as the previous one
I attempted to open it by cmd, so i navigated with cmd to the FF path then wrote: firefox.exe
the was the same except that the URL was:
http: // Firefox.exe/
when i jsut write firefox the result URL was:
http: // Firefox/ (is it some kind of parameter or something??)
trying the same with chrome resulted the same results as the previous tests.
I tried creating a new user (adminstartor) but the problem still there.
I tried every registry key with exe on it (not sure if i tried them all) no change
I tried removing IE but came back by itself somehow, meanwhile IE is removed, FF and its fellow apps gave me open with window
I tried reinstalling the applications but it just no use.
Time Line: (as requested from @Daredev)
I don't know when it happened because the computer is for the company i work for and it was like that since i got it. (The IT there gave up on the problem lon time ago!).
applications were installed already are "firefox" and "XPS viewer" .
applications were working after the problem everything except what uses browsing (MS help viewer, XPS viewer, firefox-even I've re installed it-, opera, chrome)
that what I thought but after installing Maxthon , comodoDragon this theory was blown away.
1- windows xp professional service pack 3
2- system fully patched: Yes
3- anti-virus up to date: Yes
4- same behavior when booting into safe mode: Yes