I recently had suspicions that my Chrome was hi-jacked and found out it had been. It was now something called "gunship", which I only managed to find ONE similar case of.
I deleted Gunship and cleaned my computer with MSE, malwarebytes and Hitman Pro, which found several instances of malware and other bad stuff.
Since I deleted Gunship (fake-chrome) I've been unable to open .url files and/or links via skype or other programs.
I looked in standard settings for apps in windows 8, and where the Chrome logo should be is a grey blank box or the "unknown program"-icon.
I have also checked what chrome is set to in the registry and it seems to be the correct one.