Internet Explorer Backup

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 21, 2008
Updated • Dec 9, 2012
Backup, Software

Microsoft Internet Explorer does not come with the options to backup its settings. This can be problematic for users who want to backup their Internet Explorer data for security reasons or before migrating to another computer.

Internet Explorer Backup is a data backup software that can backup various Internet Explorer related settings and options such as favorites, proxy settings, autocomplete passwords, cookies or dialup accounts.

It can furthermore be used to migrate the backed up data to another computer system. Even more interesting is the fact that the data can be restored even if Internet Explorer versions differ. It is not a problem to backup Internet Explorer 5 data and restore it on a computer with Internet Explorer 6.

A few options are provided by the backup software upon execution. Data can be backed up or restored. There are additional options to rollback to an earlier version, and to create scheduled backups.

A few additional settings can be configured after selecting the initial course of action. Backups can be compressed, password protected, verified and limited in size.

Supported Internet Explorer versions are Internet Explorer 4. 5.0x, 5.5, 6.0 and 7.0. Internet Explorer 8 beta is currently not supported by the backup software.

Update: The developers have updated the Internet Explorer Backup program to be compatible with all recent versions of the web browser and the Windows operating system. At the time of writing, it supports Internet Explorer 8 and 9 and Windows 7 on top of the previous versions it already supports. It is also very likely that Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 will be supported as well once the final versions get released by Microsoft.

Internet Explorer Backup can backup and restore the following data:

  • Favorites
  • Proxy & connection settings
  • Security zones
  • User customizations
  • Cookies
  • History
  • Dialup accounts
  • Form Autocomplete entries

The program walks you through the backup process in a wizard. What is interesting to note is that you can password protect archives, which is highly recommended to avoid unauthorized access to your IE settings. The program is ideal if you want to backup your data for safe-keeping, or when you want them to be available on another computer system, for instance after purchasing a new laptop or desktop PC.


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  1. john said on December 26, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I think there is also a security issue for the backup options. Is this Backup function only available for IE7 and up?

  2. tux said on December 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    What is the IEAK for then?

  3. Jojo said on December 22, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I’m not using IE RG, except for cases where a site won;t work correctly in FF (like CNBC where I can’t play their video’s).

    For the record though, I do use the IE Favorites construct in FF with the FF plug-in Plain Old Favorites.

  4. RG said on December 21, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    This post will not be complete without ‘Why are you still using IE?’ ;)

  5. Martin said on December 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Jojo you got a point there ;)

  6. Jojo said on December 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Possibly useful but he should offer options to choose WHAT to backup. I have around 5000 favorites and I don’t want to back those up regularly since that is handled anyway by disk imaging.

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