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The target of this internet shortcut is not valid

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by RMM, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. RMM

    RMM Flightless Bird

    I recently installed IE 8 (previously was using IE 6). Now many of my
    internet favorites are missing the web document tab in the properties, the
    URL is missing, and if I click on the them I get an error message "the target
    of this internet shortcut is not valid". This happened not only to all of my
    existing favorites but if I add a new favorite, the URL is often lost right
    away.

    My operating system is XP Professional version 2002, service pack 3, v.3264.

    Can this be fixed?
     
  2. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    Hi RMM,

    That happened to me the other day.... I haven't worked out what is happening
    or whether it was caused by a Windows update. Is your machine fully Windows
    Updated?

    Lets see if some other folks are experiencing the same issue. I have had no
    issues when I use the Add to Favorites Bar instead of the Add to Favorites
    menu.

    I am using Vista x86 SP2 with IE8.

    Regards.

    "RMM" <RMM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:781F85CD-2ED5-4A93-8C47-1AE1DD2E676D@microsoft.com...
    > I recently installed IE 8 (previously was using IE 6). Now many of my
    > internet favorites are missing the web document tab in the properties, the
    > URL is missing, and if I click on the them I get an error message "the
    > target
    > of this internet shortcut is not valid". This happened not only to all of
    > my
    > existing favorites but if I add a new favorite, the URL is often lost
    > right
    > away.
    >
    > My operating system is XP Professional version 2002, service pack 3,
    > v.3264.
    >
    > Can this be fixed?
    >
     
  3. Robert Aldwinckle

    Robert Aldwinckle Flightless Bird

    "RMM" <RMM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:781F85CD-2ED5-4A93-8C47-1AE1DD2E676D@microsoft.com...
    > I recently installed IE 8 (previously was using IE 6). Now many of my
    > internet favorites are missing the web document tab in the properties, the
    > URL is missing, and if I click on the them I get an error message "the
    > target
    > of this internet shortcut is not valid". This happened not only to all of
    > my
    > existing favorites but if I add a new favorite, the URL is often lost
    > right
    > away.
    >
    > My operating system is XP Professional version 2002, service pack 3,
    > v.3264.
    >
    > Can this be fixed?



    You have something else running that is doing that. Another user found it
    was cidaemon...

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com...r/thread/69f93d5b-407f-4280-a1d4-ab6865f5ac54


    But I think I have read of other causes too, in particular a lesser used AV
    product. However, I think it was discovered long enough ago (about the
    time of IE7 beta) that it will probably have been fixed by now; so just
    consider it as another example of what you would need to be looking for.


    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    ---
     
  4. sailhorse

    sailhorse Flightless Bird

    I have found one solution for this problem for ie9 windows 7 64b. Disable indexing of offline files for workstation. Apparently when ie9 is closed, indexing is corrupting shortcut.
     

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