Should we salute General Failure?
For some reason, over the past few days, many Firefox users have encountered the General Failure error message when clicking links in Outlook. I haven’t yet tracked down the why in each case (one why occurs when you install the beta of Firefox 3, then remove it and revert to a still-installed Firefox 2.x), but several solutions seem to be floating around:
- Remove and reinstall Firefox;
- Change the default browser to Internet Explorer, then change it back to Firefox;
- Delete the (Default) REG_SZ registry value found at:HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\FirefoxURL\shell\open\ddeexec
i.e., replace what’s stored for (Default) with nothing; double-click (Default), select and delete what’s stored for Value data.
Caveat: editing the registry incorrectly can result in your computer not working anymore. It also is a major cause of global warming. Edit the registry at your own risk.