Why do all my URLs start with https:// in Internet Explorer and how can I stop that?

Colin Gillie August 23, 2012

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”.

  1. MB
    December 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    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'.

  2. Gianna Marie Lanete
    November 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

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

  3. Steve Chi
    October 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

  4. Mike
    September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    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.


  5. Amit Sinha
    August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    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

  6. Sri Swaminathan Vanarasi
    August 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    https is the secured way of internet

  7. Silviu Despa
    August 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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

  8. muotechguy
    August 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

    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
      August 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      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
        August 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        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

  9. Frederick Doe
    August 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    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
      January 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      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.

  10. Justin Pot
    August 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    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.

  11. Sebastian Hadinata
    August 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    What websites are you trying to visit? Sometimes some particular website use HTTPS by default for secure connection or in some cases, some websites like facebook has an option to use Secure Browsing which will always force you to use HTTPS (info: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=215897678434749), hence when you enable it you will always be redirected to HTTPS connection.

  12. Suman Acharya
    August 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    this is not a problem - and doesn't happens with xp or 7. actually the websites with https are more secure.
    https; is a transfer protocol under tcp/ip model. it is the combination of http (hypertext transfer protocol) and ssl (secure socket layer); so it is the secured version of http now. it is responsible for transferring request and information between your computer's browser and server in the network.

    • Dos Moonen
      August 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      It is when the https version gives an 404, like runescape does for some reason. My workaround in firefox is to just press the down button when the https suggestion stored in my history pops up.

      But this shouldn't be solved client side, so contact the administrator of that website and inform him/her of the problem.

  13. susendeep dutta
    August 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Go to Tools-->Internet Options and then tick the boxes of use HTTP 1.1 and the next box too.Else click on Reset button for resetting the IE.

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