Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Settings/Bracket reference conversion
Alternative search and replace
I have had more success with the following search string:
This will find all inline URLs "\[(https?://[^\] ]*)\]" that are not already inside a footnote reference or immediately following an asterisk. This avoids many false positives.
I then use a replace string as follows:
Gaius Cornelius 15:12, 4 December 2006 (UTC)