MailBrowserBackup is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to backup supported email clients and web browsers in one operation.
Many webmasters and tech savvy Internet users do not only have one but multiple web browsers installed. They use these web browsers either for testing purposes, curiosity, to stay on top of things, or because some sites open better (or at all) in specific web browsers.
With multiple computer programs comes the need to backup all of those programs and the data they hold. This was not really that easy up until now as you either had to configure a backup program manually for that, backup profile folders manually, or use programs to create entire drive backups instead.
All options are not really that comfortable to begin with, which is why a program like Mail Browser Backup may be more than welcome.
Mail Browser Backup tries to change that by offering functionality to back up Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and SRWare Iron from within its interface. It can also create backups for the email client Mozilla Thunderbird, and the ftp software Filezilla.
The list is incomplete and the software developer has already announced that the next version of the backup software will include Internet Explorer backups as well as backups for the Opera and Safari web browsers, the email clients Windows Mail and Incredimail plus eMule.
The backup itself could not be more straightforward. The portable application displays all supported programs in a list.
Grayed out items are currently not supported. Each entry can be selected by clicking the checkbox next to it. Options are to either backup or restore the selected programs.
The program will open a file browser that can be used to select a directory for the backup or to select a previously created backup for the restoration process. Mail Browser Backup requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0 or above and will run on Windows XP or Windows Vista. The source code of the application is provided by the software developer on his homepage.
Update: The program has not been updated since 2009. While it may still work fine, it appears abandoned by its author. The homepage the program was offered on is also no longer available.
We have uploaded the most recent version of the application to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link: MailBrowserBackup.zip
Please note that we do not support the program in any form or way.
The most recent version of the program does support Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari, Windows Mail, Windows Contacts and WLM Accounts as well. The interface has been modernized but the functionality remained the same otherwise.
One issue here is that you cannot modify the directories that are backed up in any way. If you have installed multiple browser versions, for instance Chrome Stable and Dev, then only Stable gets backed up by the program because of that.
We suggest you use a program like KLS Mail Backup instead which is regularly updated, and supports Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera, and other software programs.
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