Have you ever called tech support on a browser or plug-in problem and their first suggestion is to reset your Internet Explorer settings? That’s where you have to delete your cookies and change your security settings back to the defaults.
Yes, I know you can restore Favorites with IE. But, restoring your browser back to your original configuration can be time-consuming without the right tools. Fortunately, BackRex Internet Explorer Backup can do this in a matter of minutes. You can even schedule backups.
I mostly use this program to restore my Microsoft Internet Explorer settings when changing configurations for testing. I do a lot of resets. The program can also be used for moving your settings to another PC. For example, if you purchased a new computer and wanted the same IE browser settings, including your cookies and favorites.
What’s Included in the IE Backup
BackRex Internet Explorer Backup pulls the settings you need. It doesn’t backup cached files or plug-ins. It backs up just about everything else into a compressed file:
- Proxy & connection settings
- Security zones
- User customizations
- Auto complete passwords
- Dialup accounts
The Backup and Restore Process
The software includes a wizard that guides you through each step based on the task you wish to perform. The major choices being some method of backing up or restoring your data. One nice feature is you can find a copy of the program in your designated backup folder. When you run the program, it knows you wish to restore your Internet Explorer settings.
The program includes some nice features such as file compression and passwords. My backup file routinely is less than 1MB, but yours can vary based on how much data you have.
Ideally, I would like the ability to select which options to backup. For example, I rarely have a need to restore my history.
The wizard is a snap to use since there are so few settings. Perhaps, the hardest step is remembering where you saved your backup file. The restore function uses the same wizard. The only difference is you will need to reboot your machine.
We’ve been delighted with the utility. As with most programs, there are a couple of nits, but nothing that would discourage us from recommending it. For example, I don’t always see a sign the program is working when I click the Next button. The program is gathering my settings, but it would be nice to see some visual feedback.
The documentation mentions a limitation with dial-up settings. The program won’t restore your dial-up password.
Even if you don’t have a need to call technical support on a browser problem, I would still download this program. These days, its too easy to upgrade software and mistakenly delete your custom browser settings. With BackRex Internet Explorer Backup, you can set it and forget it until you need to restore.
- Ease of Use
BackRex Internet Explorer Backup isn't a tool that you'll use every day unless your job unless you're in tech support or quality assurance. However, it's a great resource when you've got to troubleshoot an issue with your browser or are moving to a different PC. The program is simple to use and effective. The author has maintained compliance as Internet Explorer has updated throughout the years.
- Version Reviewed: 2.8
- Cost: Free
- IE Versions: IE 6 - IE 11.0
- Product URL: http://www.backsettings.com/internet-explorer-backup.html