Why do all my URLs start with https:// in Internet Explorer and how can I stop that?
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In Internet Explorer 8 all of my URLs automatically start with https:// How do I change this to http://?

This happens in Windows XP and Windows 7. I can manually delete the “s” for a particular visit to a site, but the next visit still requires me to delete the “s”.

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  • MB

    all sites being redirected to HTTPS can be caused by a re-direct of some kind due to malware. Site’s such as google.co.uk when defaulting to HTTPS will through up the all too familiar certificate error which is a right pain for most users. I would reset IE after checking for virus’.

  • Gianna Marie Lanete

    the website with https are secure, so it is not a problem :))

  • Steve Chi

    its not anything bad its actually good it makes the website more secure

  • Mike

    Some websites don’t support HTTPS and instead of getting the website, you’ll just get an error. This would be an incredible annoyance to happen automatically for every site especially since most websites outside of banking, email, etc. would not support HTTPS. Securing a connection with SSL is a lot more involved than sticking an extra letter into the URL.

    The numerous suggestions of “This isn’t a problem. Leave it as HTTPS, it’s safer and more secure” are really really awful and ill-informed.


  • Amit Sinha

    My friend https is secure and safe than http and all URL either starts with http or https.

    Let it to be https do not look to change it

  • Sri Swaminathan Vanarasi

    https is the secured way of internet

  • Silviu Despa

    Just like Suman said, this is not a problem. It just means that a website is secure.

  • muotechguy

    Please, use another browser. There is absolutely no benefit to using the non standards compliant IE9. And your problem will be fixed… http://getchrome.com

    • luc moonen

      IE9 is actually pretty ok with following standard, anything older is a definite no go. Not that I will be switching away from FireFox, but it makes life as a web developer a lot easier then IE6.

    • muotechguy

      nope nope nope. Check out @font-face failures, and unsupported css3 stuff. How about a blank page if the developer leaves a console.log JS command in there somewhere? IE9 is horrendous. End of

  • Frederick Doe

    I would like to second what other people are saying. If at all possible, stick with HTTPS. It’s secure, whereas anyone can see what you’re doing if you use HTTP.

    • Bill

      You’re missing the point here. Yeah, HTTPS is secure but not every website has an SSL certificate and if you try to visit a site over SSL that doesn’t have a certificate you’ll either get a 404 or a big fat warning. The OP is asking why IE is changing links that were hardcoded as http-only into the https versions as it’s causing problems. That’s a big problem and causes lots of errors as you browse the web.

  • Justin Pot

    Why is using https:// a problem? Just curious; I generally figure the more protection the better.

    It is weird if simple sites like MakeUseOf are doing this, however. Might be something phishy going on…

    Does the same thing happen in Firefox? I’m curious.

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