# Hyperref (href) not using alternative to "www"

I'm trying to use the hyperref package in Latex to link a specific website using href. The problem is that using a URL such that

\href{https://link.springer.com}{book}


produces a clickable link that tries to jump through my local directories. The error is in the word "link" whereas using "www" will ATTEMPT to take me to a page that is not valid (a positive result). Any idea how to get this link to behave properly?

• This could be a viewer issue. In a short example I just tried, the link as posted worked in TeXworks' preview, Adobe Reader DC, SumatraPDF. What reader do you use? Jul 19 '18 at 5:07

Package hyperref does not change the URL:

% arara: pdflatex
\pdfobjcompresslevel=0
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\begin{document}
\end{document}


The PDF file contains:

3 0 obj
<<
/Type /Annot
/Border[0 0 1]/H/I/C[0 1 1]
/Rect [147.716 656.239 171.018 665.15]

As can be seen, the URL does not contain www. Thus, the error is somewhere else. Maybe the PDF viewer or the web browser.