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Dead or duplicate links in your bookmarks is a hassle.

AM-DeadLink scans your browser bookmark file for dead links or duplicate links. Using this program is much faster and easier than manually checking all of your bookmarks. If you have a very large collection of bookmarks, and some of them are rarely visited, then removing links that are "dead" makes the resultant smaller collection of valid bookmarks easier to navigate.

After running this on my bookmarks, I now have a much leaner set of favorites that are easier to find, and the peace of mind knowing that all the links actually work. In addition, you can download/update FavIcons for Internet Explorer and Opera bookmarks.

AM -Deadlink now has full unicode support, and supports bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Firefox 3+, Opera 10, and Chrome. It will also check HTML files, and URLs from tab delimited and comma separated text files.

AM-Deadlink also supports command-line switches to check links in HTML files (eg. from within a HTML File editor)

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Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
quickly removes dead and duplicate bookmarks
1.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000


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by mackonline on 13. December 2013 - 14:01  (112925)

A portable version of AM-deadlink is available.
During installation, you are offered the choice of a standard install or portable.

by cynthia94941 on 8. April 2013 - 20:17  (106922)

I use Windows 7, Home Premium, and this worked really well for me. I had not completely cleaned out my bookmarks in at least a decade and had built up more than 1,600 of them. Obviously I hadn't used many of them in years because this program found about 300 of them that were bad. I double-checked to make sure a few of the newer ones were actually no good any more, and the program was right: they were dead.

I don't know why people are complaining about this program not finding any dead links. Maybe they never actually clicked on the green check mark on the toolbar and assumed that without running it, the dead links would automatically be identified.

by Dark Alchemist (not verified) on 23. October 2012 - 12:36  (101222)

CheckPlaces is no more as the author said to hell with Mozilla (check his site) and I tried AM-Deadlink but at least for FF 16.0.1 it said it can't delete, or modify (and I couldn't) only show the dead links. Well, that makes it totally worthless for a person with almost 3k links, and 100+ dead ones, like me

by alexxx46 on 24. December 2012 - 0:18  (103906)

The same with me. AM-Deadlink does not delete any links.

by skan (not verified) on 22. December 2011 - 23:06  (85749)


There are many other utilities like this one.
I think the other famous one is ckeckplaces

by jason on 25. December 2011 - 2:51  (85933)

Checkplaces is fine, although it is only of any use with firefox. No joy for other browsers.

by jt22 (not verified) on 15. March 2011 - 20:09  (67965)

I find it will only delete one link at a time from opera 11.01 .Fine with ff,iex and ch

by Anonymous on 12. May 2010 - 23:48  (49677)

AM-Deadlink 4.1 now supports Firefox 3.x bookmark format. The program also checks links a lot faster now.

by Anupam on 23. February 2010 - 19:24  (44278)

Version 4.0 of AM-Deadlink has been released. Now has full Unicode support. Also supports Google Chrome now :).

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 1:47  (31519)

Is there freeware to migrate/sync bookmarks between different browsers (Firefox. IE, Opera) used on the same computer?

by Scott_Y on 23. December 2012 - 22:29  (103903)

A free and excellent option for managing bookmarks across web browsers is Linkman Lite

by Anupam on 26. August 2009 - 4:32  (31524)

Have a look at Transmute :

by Scott_Y on 23. December 2012 - 22:37  (103904)

Transmute has a freeware version, but you won't see it unless you go to their Products page. Linkman Lite appears to be much more capable.

by Anonymous on 3. January 2009 - 7:47  (13009)

I am also using Firefox/3.0.5 and if works fine, I also have IE6, and Opera. It checked on all and was able to fined few duplicate file.

by Anonymous on 30. June 2008 - 3:57  (3333)

Exactly what I needed! I had over 2500 bookmarks. This program found many duplicates and dead links, and I was able to delete about 700 of them!! Thanks for the review!

by Anonymous on 2. August 2009 - 21:18  (26156)

Be careful with so called "dead" links. I have found that sometimes a website may block your IP address, or you may be using one that was blocked previously, resulting in you being unable to access the site. You should always verify that it is truly dead with a proxy server online.

Also, sometimes it happens that a site will time out, or fail to load due to large numbers of people connecting.

At times, they may be down for maintenance. Give them a month or so & try again to be sure they are truly dead!

by Anonymous on 9. June 2008 - 21:04  (1840)

@KrinkleKrunk- just tested and yes, it has a preview box that list all your bookmarks and shows which one is ok, 404, or redirected. Has a built in browser so you can double check links. I have to say, this is the best freeware find in a while. I used it on my Opera and had no problems. - PALADIN

by JW on 18. April 2008 - 8:59  (109)

Yes it does KK.

I sent the following on this program to Gizmo back in Feb.


I have tried a lot of variations of these products and this one stands out for functionality and operation.  It runs in the background, checking my favorites with no noticeable impact on other operations.  You can open bad pages in the generated list directly in the built-in IE browser.  You can also click the red arrow to open the link in your default browser (FF for me).  There are right-click functions for changing the URL, deleting it  and saving it, among other functions.  All-in-all, a worthy program for everyone to have and run.

by KrinkleKrunk on 17. April 2008 - 23:18  (90)

I wonder if the program informs you of what links are dead before removing them?

by peter on 22. June 2008 - 12:40  (2889)

It certainly does. It's very safe to use.

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