How to Completely Back up Your Firefox Settings, Installed Add-ons, Bookmarks and Saved passwords

When you are left with no choice but to reformat your computer because of viruses or malware, then you will try your best to keep all your bookmarks, add-ons, passwords, and settings on your Firefox browser. Actually, the process is very easy as you will just need the basic skills in comprehending steps and basic skills when it comes to computers.

Backup Mozilla Firefox

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Manual Backup of Firefox Bookmarks, Add-ons, Passwords, and Settings

  1. You need to first locate %APPDATA%MozillaFirefoxProfiles. That contains all the settings you have stored with Firefox. If you are running on a Windows XP, you can have type in the location by licking on “Start”, and then choose “Run”. Just copy and paste the characters and you will be immediately redirected to the folder.
  2. Once got into that folder, you will need to copy the whole folder and store it on a removable disk. You will need this after the uninstallation and re-installing of Firefox.
  3. After the re-installation of Firefox, you will now need to go back to your saved copy of the folder. Now, you will just need to get into this path c:UsersusernameAppDataRoamingMozillaFirefoxProfiles and paste the folder you just saved.

Using MozBackup Instead of the Manual Process

Actually, using MozBackup is the ideal way of saving all your Firefox settings. This is an extremely small application in which will not affect your RAM that much. Approximately, its size is just around 1.42MB. Actually, MozBackup does not just save all your Firefox settings, but also with Thunderbird, Suite, and Netscape as long as it is under the name of Mozilla.

  1. You will need to first download the free MozBackup from its official download site: http://www.mozbackup.org/. Since it is a very small program, downloading it will just take for a couple of minutes depending on the internet connection speed you have. After the installation, double lick on the icon of MozBackup to start the wizard then click “Next”. On the second window, you will be asked on what to backup. Of course choose “Mozilla Firefox” and again, click “Next”.
  2. On the proceeding window, you will now be asked on what profile you wish to backup. Typically, you will just find a single folder naming “default” and choose it. In choosing “default”, all the things you are about to save will appear on the “My Documents” folder. If you wanted to save it on a different location, just click “Browse”. That will allow you to choose among the available folders present in your system. After choosing the location, you will just hit “Next”. You also have the option of protecting the saved files with a password.
  3. After that, you will be shown with a list of files you wanted to be saved. For a safe ride, settle with the default settings or simple do not alter anything on that window. Just hit “Next” right away.
  4. After hitting the “next” button, the wizard will now save all the settings. Once done, the window will show you the list of folders and files which are saved successfully. With it, just lick on “Finish”.
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