Battle.net launcher links break your browser: what to do

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

The Battle.net client is necessary for running and managing just about any game developed by Blizzard. However, occasional troubles with the client are present, which definitely spoils the experience for some players.

One of the most annoying problems with the Battle.net client, that has been present for a couple of years now, is the bug with opening links from the launcher. According to many reports, as soon as some people try to open a link, their browser (mostly Chrome and Firefox) fails to load it, and crashes immediately.

“If I click on any of the battle.net launcher links, such as in News for the D3 Patch 2.2, it will launch Chrome and then just get stuck trying to load the page. It breaks my Chrome so badly that I can’t even open up other sites like youtube or anything in new tabs. I have to close Chrome completely to use Chrome again“, said one user of the Battle.net forum.

Unfortunately, a sure solution hasn’t been confirmed yet, as players are dealing with this issue to this very day. However, folks from Blizzard suggest one solution that might be helpful.

Namely, it is advised to have your web browser already open, before you try to access a link from the launcher. Reportedly, the browser won’t crash in that case, and everything should work normally.

“This is a known issue with some browsers and how they interact with links passed from the Desktop App (usually this happens with Chrome rather than others but can happen in some rare cases to others). Occasionally with no open browser window the links from the Desktop App will cause issues such as the one you’ve seen. You can, as you’ve discovered, have an open browser window available before following any links to workaround the issue. Thanks!”

Since we were unable to test this solution, we can’t confirm whether it’s really helpful or not. But if you’re experiencing this kind of issue, you should definitely try this workaround.

If this indeed helps, let us know in the comments. If not, and you know some other solution, by chance, once again, please reach the comments section below.

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