[Windows] Backup browser settings and profiles (Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera, and more) with Hekasoft Backup & Restore

Have you ever lost your profile settings for something like your internet browser? It can be a real pain, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be thanks to Hekasoft Backup & Restore. This is a free program that not only creates a backup file for your programs, but helps you restore your programs when needed.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Hekasoft Backup & Restore is a program that allows you to back up your settings or profile for certain programs. This way, if your program is ever deleted or you need to restore your settings for whatever reason, Hekasoft Backup & Restore can do it quickly and easily.

Pros

  • Restores profile settings to your favorite programs with just the click of a button
  • Creating a backup for your programs only takes a few seconds
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Program can create a profile backup for the following programs: Comodo IceDragon, Google Chrome, Maxthon 3, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Pale Moon, Safari, SRWare Iron, Comodo Dragon, FileZilla, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Calendar, Mozilla Sea Monkey, Opera, Rockmelt, Skype, and Waterfox

Cons

  • Can only create backup files for the programs listed above
  • It is only able to back up your favorites for Internet Explorer. Other profile settings will not be backed up.
  • Requires .NET Framework 4

Discussion

There is nothing fancy about Hekasoft Backup & Restore, but I like that about this program. Its goal is to give you a free, easy way to back up your “settings” for certain programs. The program works quickly and does a wonderful job at creating backups.

When you first open Hekasoft Backup & Restore, the program gives you a small window with a drop down box and a list of programs you are able to backup and restore. Choose the program you want to backup or restore (in my case I choose to backup Google Chrome) and click start. Another box will open asking for you to either choose a location where you want to save your backup or choose the location of a previously stored backup so the program can start the recovery process.

The process of creating the backup went very quickly. However, when I first started, the program said it was “Not Responding”. I simply left it for a few seconds and then another box popped up saying “Complete”. To make sure it worked I deleted my Google Chrome, making sure to remove all my settings and re-installed it. After running the “restore” function, Google Chrome was reverted back to its previous condition. It was as simple as that.

The only problem I have with the program is the fact that it does not work with all browsers. Sure it works with the most popular, but if you’re using a program that is not on the list above, Hekasoft Backup & Restore has nothing to offer you. Also, if you are backing up Internet Explorer, it only creates a backup of your favorites. It’s still kind of helpful, but not nearly as helpful as if you create a backup of other browsers.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In short, if you are using one of the programs that Hekasoft Backup & Restore supports, I highly recommend this program; it does do a great job of backing up and restoring the programs that it does work for. If not, then you may as well look elsewhere because this one has nothing to offer you.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 0.20

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Requires .NET Framework 4

Download size: 772KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45

Is it portable? No

Hekasoft Backup & Restore homepage

[Thanks Jeanjean!]

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7 comments

  1. AFPhys

    @Hekasoft:
    Thank you for your comments here. When software developers pay attention to reviews like this, it gives me much more confidence in their product.

    I especially like your last sentence here: reflecting my own philosophy regarding auto-updates, etc. I agree that is needed for such products as anti-malware, but for such things as a de-fragger? games?

    Your comments here will have me using your product, instead of the very adequate browser backup/transfer product I have used in the past.

  2. Hekasoft

    Hi Steve,

    Backup & Restore is not portable, it save some configuration entries in the registry and in the user folder.
    In the registry stores only the language configuration, without it it run in english, so if you use it in english it can be portable :)
    Maybe it can have some troubles with “Opera”, but for all the other softwares can work well as portable.

    Backup & Restore never try to connect to the web :) It connect only when you click on “Update”. We hate software that try to connect everytime to their server, so our softwares call home only when is necessary :)

  3. SteveS

    It seems to run portable ok (if it didn’t, I wouldn’t use it ;)

    I had to install in a VM as it would not extract via 7zip or UniExtractor.

    Curiously, the Zsoft Uninstaller log recorded several TCPIP, DHCP and direct calls to my NIC in registry entries … most were also deleted later in the install. … not sure what’s up with all that.
    It did uninstall cleanly w/ Zsoft.

    Upon copying the installed files out of VM, it seemed to run fine on my production machine and threw no NIC / protocol reg keys.

    All tests were done w/ LAN disabled and the app did not need to contact the mother ship :)

    I’m not sure if I’ll use it much but seems to behave well so I’ll put it in the toolbox.

    Cheers!

  4. Hekasoft

    Thanks for the review :)

    In Hekasoft we really appreciate reviews and suggestions to improve our softwares.

    At this time users can translate Backup & Restore in their own languages, in the next versions everybody can create a module for the backup of every software they like and share it with other users.

    We’re planning other features that will be added as soon as possible.

    Claudio
    Hekasoft