An .URL file, also known as the Uniform Resource Locator, contains the web address that can be accessed through a web browser. The URL file can be created by dragging the web address from the internet browser onto the Windows desktop. Generally, the web locator address is not saved with an URL extension in the internet browser, and the file can be accessed with any common text editor to edit the URL address.
The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support URL files. Files with URL extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
Being unable to open files with URL extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Internet Shortcut files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with URL files.
Problems with opening and working with URL files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with URL files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Internet Explorer or one to the listed programs: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Windows Notepad. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Internet Explorer installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening URL files still occur even after installing Microsoft Internet Explorer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Internet Explorer installed, it may not support URL format. The most recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage URL on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the URL file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the URL file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the URL file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
Did you receive the URL file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the URL file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Internet Shortcut file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support URL files. Close all running programs and try opening the URL file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Internet Shortcut files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with URL files affecting older versions of given software.
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