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Locate Link Browser

Nancy from Champaign, Illinois asks:

When I click on a link in an email, an annoying dialog box pops up called “locate link browser”. What is it and how do I get rid of this?

Great question Nancy, and yes there is a way to get rid of the locate link browser popup. We bet you are using the Firefox browser. Nothing bad about that, but if anything but Internet Explorer is your default browser, you will get this pop up. Have no worries because this article is going to put a stop to this annoying problem. Below are the steps to fix this problem for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Click Start and My Computer. Click Tools then Folder Options.


Click the File Types tab and you will see a list of registered file types. Under the Extensions column, find the extensions (None) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol. Click on it one time to select it.


Click the Advanced button then the Edit button.


Uncheck the Use DDE check box if it is checked. Make sure Open is under Action and that the Application used to perform action is Firefox. This should already be there but if it is not you can click the Browse button and find it. Click OK twice and the window will close.


Close Firefox, open Outlook, and click on a link in an email. It should work, and you should no longer get the locate link browser pop up.
Repeat the same steps above but his time choose HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy and FTP

If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 the above instructions will not work. To fix the locate link browser pop up you will have to edit the registry. Before we do anything, you need to back-up the registry. If you make a change that you want to undo or make a mistake, you will have a way to import the back up. Make sure you are logged in as an Administrator before you begin.

Click Start, type “regedit” (without quotes) in the Search field, and press Enter. Click File then Export. Select the location where you want to save the backup and type a name for the file in the File name box. Click Save.
Now that the Windows Registry Editor is backed up let’s continue with the next step.
Click on Start, then Run, type regedit in the Search field and press Enter.


Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\HTTP\shell\open\ddeexec registry key.
Delete the “ddexec” registry key.

Repeat for the following keys:


~Rita Wood