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Programs to Backup and Restore Web Browser Profiles

Apr 01, 2020

1. Hekasoft Backup and Restore


One impressive feature of Hekasoft Backup and Restore is the large number of different web browsers it supports for backup and restoration. Besides the most popular, it also includes Avant, Comodo Dragon/Ice Dragon, Maxthon, Midori, Pale Moon, SRWare Iron, Waterfox and several others. Another bonus is support for a few none browser programs like FileZilla, Mozilla Thunderbird/Seamonkey/Sunbird, Skype and uTorrent.


The program is easy to use, just select the browser from the drop down menu, choose to backup or restore and click Start. A file browser will ask where to save the backup or where the backup file is located. Other features are; Optimize to clean junk data from various browsers, Migration to migrate settings from one browser to another with the same engine, and also to add your own browser if it’s not supported. Go to Options > Settings > Modules and press "Select installed software" to only populate the drop down with installed browsers.


2. BrowserBackup Professional


BrowserBackup Pro used to be a shareware application but was released as freeware in 2012. Sadly also dropped from the freeware version was backup to the cloud due to lack of support. Weirdly, Internet Explorer isn’t supported at all although the good news for Opera fans is both the old (Presto) and new (Blink) versions can be backed up and restored. Chrome, Chromium and Firefox are the other supported browsers.


Backing up is like going through a wizard; select the browser from the drop down, choose the profile or find a custom profile if you have a portable browser for example, choose what components to backup with the tick boxes, finally browse for the target folder and click Finish. BrowserBackup Pro can define a password for the backup if you wish and there’s also 4 different methods of 7-Zip compression, ranging from none at all to maximum (slowest). As usual, the method of restoring a profile is a simple reversal of backing up.


3. KLS Mail Backup


Despite the name, KLS Mail Backup can actually backup data from a number of web browsers although it’s at a slight disadvantage because it can’t handle backing up Google Chrome. That obviously won’t matter if you don’t use Chrome because KLS can recognize Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera profiles. This program becomes even more useful if you want to backup emails as well because all the most popular clients are supported.


After installation and on launch you’ll be asked to select which profiles are to be backed up, simply “Add” the browser profile(s) you want, then click Close. The options for backup are similar to traditional backup software, you can for instance, backup to local drives, LAN, FTP or even WebDAV Server. Backups can be compressed by Zip/7-Zip and you can also choose to run Full or Incremental backups, useful for very large browser profiles. If you want restore a single profile after selecting several for backup, choose it during the restore process.


4. FBackup


Although FBackup is a traditional file and folder backup software, like it’s shareware big brother Backup4All, FBackup does run with a plugin system that also includes backing up and restoring several web browser profiles. After install go to File > Tools > Plugins and click “Download plugin list”. Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox are installed by default, another five or six browser plugins can be installed by highlighting each one and pressing Install.


Because it’s a full blown backup software, setting up a profile for you browser is a tiny bit more complicated although still not too difficult. Click New Backup and give it a name, then select the target of local or a network location to store the backup. The next window will allow you to select the plugin for your browser from the drop down, the screen after is for optionally encrypting the backup. A bonus of using a full backup program is you can schedule the backup to run at specified intervals meaning you don’t have to backup manually.

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