It is relatively easy to backup a web browser profile. Most browsers either use the program directory to store information such as bookmarks, passwords, the browsing history or form data, or special profile folders on the system instead.
All you need to do to back up browser data is to backup the profile folder. The same is true for other programs, like Mozilla Thunderbird which uses profile folders that are similar to Mozilla Firefox.
Specialized backup programs offer to make it even easier for you. You simply run the program, select the correct profile or application that you want to back up, and let the program do the rest.
This saves time as you do not need to locate the profile folder and run the copying of data manually anymore.
Most browser backup programs support only one browser or a handful of popular ones. This is the case for MozBackup for example which only supports Mozilla-based products, while FavBackup supports all major web browsers that run on Windows.
Note: The backup program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0. The developer website links to two downloads: a standard version and a version without sponsored offers.
Hekasoft Backup & Restore is a backup software for Windows that you can use to back up profile directories. A strong focus of the program is web browser backup, as it supports quite a few browsers.
That's however not the only program type that you can backup by default. It supports a variety of other programs like uTorrent, Skype or FileZilla as well which you can also back up using the program.
If one of the programs that you want to back up is supported by the application, you select it from the software selection menu and click on the start button afterwards to run the backup.
Restore works similar, only that you need to switch from backup to restore in the program interface before you hit the start button.
According to the developer homepage, the program backs up the complete profile folder of the program so that it can be supported at a later point in time. Only Microsoft's Internet Explorer is limited in this regard, as you can only back up the favorites using the application.
The programs that you want to back up need to be closed before you can do so. A save dialog opens up after you hit start that you use to save the *.backup files to your local system.
Hekasoft Backup & Restore displays a progress bar in its interface that highlights the status of the backup job.
Another interesting feature of the program is the option to add custom programs to the list of available ones. All you have to do for that is add a name, filename and folder to do so.
You can then select the custom programs from the list just like any other program.
Tip: you can reduce the number of entries of the menu in the options. Here you can disable any program that you do not use or want listed. Here you can also use the "select installed software" dialog to only select programs that you have installed on your system.
The program is easy to use, and the option to expand the scope of the supported programs can be useful to users who want to add another program to the list that is not listed initially.
It does lack features to customize the backup job though, as you cannot use it to just select part of the profile for backup. In addition to that, it is only useful to users of Windows, as it is not available for other operating systems.
If you want a one-click backup solution for browsers and other programs that use data profile folders, then this is a program that you may find suitable for the job.
Then again, there is no option to schedule jobs which means that you will have to run the program manually at all times.
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