Originally Posted by Hatman KZN
I have a new installation of Linux Mint 17.3 - Cinnamon
When I download software or apps VLC gets in on the act, hijacks the download and tries to open them.
I have cinnamon but runing t off a different distro, just installed it. try right clicking on that apps bar, then select "all Settings" then select "preferred applications" and see if VLC is selected for anything other then Video.
still check your mime settings as well.
that is as far as I have gotten on this cinnamon Desktop in configuring it, I'm busy installing everything else right now. SO I don't have a full understanding of this Desktop yet , it is new to me.
but yeah your mime
Name=VLC media player
Comment=Read, capture, broadcast your multimedia streams
#removed a lot of different langs to shorten this file
Exec=/usr/bin/vlc --started-from-file U
here is your MimeTypes.
you have to dig through here and see what it is being associated with VLC, just remove everything out of it that you do not want VCL touching, or try a quick and dirty way remove VLC (un-install it). then
sudo rm /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop
to be sure it is gone, then go into your
then find the VLC directory, then delete it.
then see if it is still doing this then reinstall VLC again. and see if it starts again or not.
but taking a peek into the mime types has attached to it then removed unwanted file types save it then it may take care of your problem.
check to see if your system as this file too then take a look inside of it
oh ys, just in case you didn't know. you have to be in su mode to mod files outside of user domain.
sudo geany /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop