so I guess all the things that are listed with a "d" are irrelevant then and I was supposed to be looking at HLP only?...
anyway, I went to your screenshot; it was helpful; thanks...but problem is not solved
I highlited the HLP and went to advanced button, and open and edit; it DOES say:
just as you cited it should say in your screenshot, which as you stated means that this is the application used to open help files
and the problem is still happening! yikes! I don't know what to do now...
so far I've noticed it in "HP label kit" and the "Cute pdf writer" programs
(it works fine with word, picasa, and spybot; when I click on "help" in those, they open to the regular help section; but maybe that's totally unrelated?)
any ideas anyone? thanks!