How To Backup All Major Browser Profiles


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Backup Your Browser Profiles

These days it is important to back up your browser profiles and settings.

Internet browsers are becoming the go-to programs these days for accomplishing most everything. We use them to access our bank accounts, create and edit our web sites, backup all our software and other data, process spreadsheets and other documentation on line, and the list goes on ad infinitum.

Most of the above activities were previously done right on the computer sitting on our desk or lap. Not so any more. For this reason it is becoming much more critical that all our browser settings are backed up right along with all your other data– documents, photos, music, videos and anything else you couldn’t bear to lose.

I have tried many different solutions over the years and without much luck. Most of these utilities were either not very user-friendly or simply did a questionable job of it. Then I found FavBackup.

My Current Utility of Choice

FavBackup has a nice clean interface. It also supports all the major browsers being used today. Judging by the release dates it appears to be well-maintained and up-to-date as well. All very positive points.


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Backups

As you can see in the above image there is a good explanation of the different options available in the Menu Ribbon.

I did a Full Backup of the 3 browsers I use on a daily basis. It only took a few seconds for each one and the backup file sizes looked like this:

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The only thing I use IE for is to watch my beloved NetFlix movies. That may explain the small file size.

Restoration

It goes without saying that no backup is worth the disk space it uses if you can’t restore it.

I sure didn’t want to screw up my Firefox installation but in order to provide you with a thorough post, I hoisted up my shirt sleeves and bit the bullet.


Don’t blink. The restore process took about 2 seconds. I started Firefox and all my bookmarks were in place and my extensions were all there and working properly.

I am using Firefox at the moment to write this post and have encountered no glitches whatsoever. Perfect!

Download

You can download FavBackup right here: http://www.favbrowser.com/backup/

Or from FreewareBB here: http://www.freewarebb.com/files/file/7394-favbackup/

Conclusions

It is Portable and Free. No Installation necessary and no wallet hit. I’ve most certainly added it to my software Tool Box.

I have discovered only one clunky aspect to the interface. It doesn’t ‘remember’ the last-used output folder so you have to keep renewing this information for each browser backup. Kind of a pain but a small one.

I have fired off an e-mail to FavBrowser explaining to them that this feature was now on my wish list. We’ll see what happens…

To date, this is by far the best browser backup solution I have personally found.

Has anyone used FavBackup? What is your favorite browser backup solution?

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About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

4 Comments

  1. Modern browsers are too minimal for an oldie, don’t wish to spend the time finding out how they work and no qualification in cyber coding. Tried hard with Chrome but finally gave up. Firefox was doing fine until the constant conflict with Adobe flash which neither admits to and finally chose the nearest lookalike – Pale Moon, will this prog. back it up?
    In a plea for all online oldies, and there must be many of us, acronym and cyberspeak take too much time to bother with and learning a new language (Vietnamese) would probably be easier. Either write us off completely or make allowances please!

    • Hi Thorrun – I don’t quite understand mate; there is no use of acronyms or computerspeak, that I can see, in this article at all? In fact, we at DCT pride ourselves on presenting information in easy to understand, plain language.

      To answer your question re Pale Moon: Pale Moon is not listed among the supported browsers on FaveBackup’s home page. However, considering Pale Moon is a 100% Firefox sourced derivative, plus everything else (such as add-ons, themes, etc) made for Firefox also work fine in Pale Moon, my guess would be yes, this program will backup Pale Moon.

      Cheers… Jim

  2. Hi Thorrun,

    I have not tried using FavBackup with Palemoon. The Palemoon site does provide a profile backup solution of its own for that browser.

    Here is the link: http://www.palemoon.org/backuptool.shtml
    I have not tried Palemoon’s backup software either, so if you have occasion to try it, please let us know how it goes.

    The above backup tool is no longer under development. Apparently, Palemoon is hoping for MozBaclkup support becoming available in the near future. I checked the MozBackup site and did not see Palemoon on their list of supported browsers.

    MozBackup is another utility designed to back up several browser profiles. I have used it in the past and it does work. However, I find the interface a tad puzzling– particularly when I want to do a Restore.

    I hope this helps you,
    Richard

  3. This software sounds great, and the review above has lead me to download it. One question though,On their website, it says it supports Firefox up to version 8, and today I am running v. 15. I contacted them via their website, but looking at the FAQ’s, the last question posed was around 175 days ago. Sounds like the software has not been updated in a while. Will wait before I install it to see if they respond my inquiry about FF version.