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    When I started up my computer today, I found that a URL had been pinned to my taskbar that I had accessed through Firefox yesterday… but the pin was through Chrome. (To be sure, I checked both browser histories.) I did not intentionally pin this URL, and I’m not certain when or how this occurred. I did a full virus scan, as well as the free Malwarebytes scan, and both scans came back clean; in addition, the pin did not return on a restart.

    I suppose it’s possible I accidentally pinned the URL somehow, but how could it have jumped browsers like that? Has this happened to anyone else?

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    • #2376163

      An update: opening Chrome again and right-clicking the tab in the taskbar, it says there is something pinned to Chrome, the same URL. When I hover over the URL, there is an option to “Unpin from this list.” I’m not certain what list this is, or where I can view it in the browser, but I hope this provides more insight for others to help.

    • #2376197

      This is a Windows location, not in a browser.
      C:\Users\Paul\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
      — careful of the line break:  . . .\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

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      • #2376201

        Thanks for the location guide! After unpinning the URL, the only things in that location are the items I’ve chosen to pin. From what I have found, that list of pinned items from right-clicking the Chrome tab is related to the jump lists that Windows makes available… though I have disabled jump lists for a long time.

        The question still remains of how the URL got pinned to Chrome in the first place. As I said, I cannot recall having chosen to pin anything yesterday, especially taking a website from Firefox and transferring it to Chrome. Also, if jump lists are disabled, accidentally pinning something seems quite difficult.

      • #2376986

        Exactly what I wanted! Thank you.

    • #2376211

      All you need to do is to drag a URL into any browser ‘launch icon’ on the Taskbar.
      It then appears in the ‘Pinned List’.
      It could be dragged by accident.

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      • #2376214

        Oh wow, yeah, this seems very likely to be what happened! Thank you so much for the explanation and animation, it was very illuminating and resolves my confusion!

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