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I get a "locate link browser" message after updating Avast

Time:November 30
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Firefox is my browser of choice. I recently updated my Avast! antivirus. In the process, it automatically installed Google Chrome. I promptly uninstalled Chrome. Since then, from Outlook 2003, clicking on a link results in a "locate link browser" message and Firefox does not open. In Windows XP, I have gone into folder options, file types and there is no URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol. Neither can I add it because it is not in the drop-down list. I run regedit to try to delete four files called for in various help sites, but none of them are there. What can I do now without setting Internet Explorer as my default browser?
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Try to undo and redo Firefox as the default browser.
Make another browser like IE the default browser and then let Firefox do it again.
See:
* http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_browser
*http://kb.mozillazine.org/Windows_error_opening_Internet_shortcut_or_local_HTML_file_-_Firefox
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