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5 years 18 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

you said "I don't have two firewalls running, I have a hardware firewall and windows firewall."

did you mean "I don't have two firewalls running, I have a hardware firewall and NOT A windows firewall." ?

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5 years 18 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC JonathanT

SuRun is a program that allows you to run programs as Administrator when you are in a Limited User Account. There's a tutorial on it here.

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5 years 16 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

I know ESET has great antivirus software, but I saw their Santa video on Viddler... http://www.viddler.com/explore/SantaFraudFilms/videos/1/

make sure to click through to the website.... very, very funny videos of fake santas being interrogated....

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5 years 8 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

I was subscribed to Gizmo's Newsletter, received notice of your merger, and asked to receive the revision. But I haven't received anything since July.
Please plug me in for the current publication, including what I've missed if possible.

Tom Dark
bandzippy@aol.com

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4 years 50 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

Fabulous article - it seem's like every month, the threat of malware grow's more grave.

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4 years 50 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC PsychEroc

All good advice.
But I'm bored with being safe! I need a challenge!
Are there any virus collections or lists of bad websites that I can masochistically expose myself to?

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4 years 49 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

Hmm...
Good idea!

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

Every month, the number of paranoid, ignorant geeks grow higher if that's what you mean.

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC peter

WOuld you care to elaborate?

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC J.L.

You won't be saying that if you catch a bad malware that cripples your OS and/or collects provide information and send it online. That is, of course, if you're stupid enough to use your main pc (no offence, but my mood is horrible today after an argument with my father).
If you want a challenge, play games or something else entertaining AND safe.

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC PsychEroc

With good disk image backups (Acronis, but don't tell anyone!), I'm always safe from crippling. Unless of course my house catches fire.
Then, my images & OS (Win7 trialware) are toast, but I'll still have my personal files (Windows Live Sync freeware, which is curiously absent from this site).
With Sandboxie (freeware champion), I'm pretty safe against internet-based attacks if my Comodo freeware firewall and HIPS fails and the bad guy can slip in undetected by Avira limited freeware antivirus (another champ). Gizmo's got a great guide on internet security here: How to Surf More Securely.
I oftentimes do use my main pc, but for really delicate inspection of potential malware (for research purposes of course), I'll use a virtual machine (M$ Virtual PC freeware). Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC was a big help in learning about all of these security tools.
Stupidly yours,
The Freeware Marketing Hustler

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

To catch a tiger, you need to go into the jungle.
Google "crack software", "key generator", "free serials", or "sex", etc. and check out if you can expose yourself to any fierce tigers there :)

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC peter

Please write about Live Sync.
You can ALWAYS write something like "PsychEroc's personsl guide to safe surfing" or "Condoms R'us"

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC JonathanT

Well according to McAfee the most dangerous word to search for is "screensavers".
http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3457

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4 years 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC PsychEroc

Cool article!

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4 years 44 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

I like your "Good Safe Computing Practices" Point number 3. Use alternative software.
I do - I use an alternative OS - I use Linux - hehehe ;-)

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4 years 41 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC ianjrichards (not verified)

Email windowssecrets.com about your newsletter subscription and they will definitely sort it out for you. This site doesn't have a newsletter anymore but you can have our RSS feed delivered by email - see top left of this page.

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4 years 12 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Anonymous

Long wanted to read about.

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3 years 18 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Nevi (not verified)

You will be infected sooner or later.Today there are no "safe sites",and especially if you dont use any antivirus whatsoever..Why dont you just use Sandboxie,it dont use any resources worth talking about,and its very easy to work with.

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3 years 13 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC WizWaz

Good advice, but, I did not purchase my computer to be a limited user.

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2 years 20 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC son0fhobs (not verified)

I'm a techie. I've saved, recovered, and restored many of a computer. But after dealing with blue screens, frustrations, and this article reminding me of the extroardinary lengths required for safety - it's just not worth it. If for nothing else than the saved RAM, headaches, security scans, and near heartattacks, I'm going to get a Mac.

Not to mention, it took me a month plus to get my computer, brand-spankin' new out of the box, from a crippled machine to running optimally. I want my new machine to be new. I want it to be at it's best state, not half dead. Jeez, the more I use PC's, the more I'm becoming a mac evangalist. Crazy.

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2 years 20 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Remah

Gizmo's guide is not mandatory. The first recommendations for Good Safe Computing Practices are relatively simple and don't take long to implement if you haven't already.

The four options for reducing rights are more difficult for many people to implement. But if you want high security on a Mac then you'll still have to tighten up security there. There's just less Mac malware to worry about so it's not so pressing.

Sorry to hear you're new system was a two-legged dog - I've seen a lot of them. But nothing you've said is purely a PC issue. For example, a problem with your brand purchasing decision is not a problem with all PCs.

The same can be said for your experience optimizing it. My experience with PCs is that it usually takes a long evening or a day to completely sort out a PC - that could include a complete reinstall. Half an evening to sort out security. Even though I test a lot of software and have many PCs at home, the last time I saw a BSOD here was almost last century and I've used versions 95, 98, 2000, XP and 7 during that time.

Often the lack lustre experience on a PC is due to not spending enough money to get what is needed. Likewise, most people who buy a new Mac never spent that level of money on their PCs. A friend of mine spent more than 60% above an equivalent PC to get a Mac for his wife and it was worth every dollar because it was simpler. As an ex-Mac user I appreciate the advantages of that platform.

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2 years 1 week ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC Ned Harkey (not verified)

Another alternative to Panda USB Vaccine is Ninja Pendisk which works great!

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2 years 1 week ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC MidnightCowboy

Ninja Pendisk is now obsolete, was last updated 3 years ago and does not support Windows 7.

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1 year 45 weeks ago Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC J_L

With no knowledge of disk imaging, a mac is just one newbie way out (not to mention the rip-off price). Saved RAM? How about you take a look at Mac OS X Lion's unreal 2 GB requirement. Headaches? Every computer user experiences them when something goes wrong. Security scans? Why shouldn't you do that when Macs are being exploited and shown to be insecure when on target. Heck, it's far from a techie's security. Near heart-attacks? You need to clam down.

It took me less than 40 minutes to restore my crashed system using a drive image. Preventing a machine from being half-dead is something a techie should have problems with. If you want a smart, free, technical alternative, use Linux, BSD, etc.

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6 years 1 week ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird edward

Very nicely done Gizmo, I was always confused about this, and you helped me with this "How to" guide!

Thanks,

Edward A. Weissbard-El Paso, TX

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5 years 48 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Jerry4950

There is a shortcut to the profile folder in Win2000/XP In "run" just type %APPDATA%

Thanks Gizmo, your site is excellent

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5 years 46 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I used the mozBackup for my thunderbird, but it only restored one of my email account's mail. Any idea where the other accounts mail have gone?

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5 years 46 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Theres also an extension available for taking backup of firefox. Its FEBE. It can peform selective backup .. or a whole profile backup and is quite useful.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Is it possible to backup a Firefox profile created using Win2000 and move the profile to an new system running XP?

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

thanks for the help

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5 years 44 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird gizmo.richards

It should work. Let me know if it doesn't

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5 years 44 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird gizmo.richards

Good suggestion. I've incorporated this into my recommendations.

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5 years 43 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

You can find the locations in Windows Vista at
C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Mozilla
Just fyi. :)

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5 years 43 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

What about Mac? Where are the profile folders which contain the user data for Firefox? Thanks in advance.

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5 years 41 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird gjlaurer

I backed up Thunderbird from my desktop system (Win XP Pro) and then restored it on my laptop (Win XP Home) prior to traveling. The restore appeared to work BUT on the main panel, the subject, sender, recipient, and date are unreadable. Every other entry has been over written on superimposed with another one. If I click on these I can read the email but entries are are screwed up.

Can anyone help?

George

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5 years 40 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Once again - thank you. This is my #1 go-to site.

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5 years 40 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I don't think that's correct.

The profiles in Vista are at C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla for Firefox and C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird for, well, Thunderbird. At least that's were they are on my machine, which is running Vista Home Premium.

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5 years 40 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Another program I have found very useful on a couple of occasions for backing up both Firefox and Thunderbird is BackUpFox. I use both MozBackup and BackupFox to back up my profiles in Firefox and Thunderbird and both have saved my bacon a couple of times. The most recent when I bought a new computer. What I like about both is that not only can you backup but also restore very easily. BackupFox backs up the whole profile. Can be downloaded from http://www.neowin.net/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t291258.html
or
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Browser-Tweak/BackupFox.shtml

among others. Just type BackupFox into Google or other Search engine

Alan Noble
Sydney Australia

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5 years 39 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Can I back up firefox 3, the restore my profile to firefox 2?

Ken D.- California

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5 years 38 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Good stuff. Now, all I need to do is hunt down (putting on pith helmet and taking up .50 caliber air rifle *heh*) the right folder in Ubuntu...

;-)

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5 years 38 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird kdyer

One thing that Gizmo doesn't mention is that FEBE has a great counterpart called CLEO that takes the FEBE backups and combines them into one XPI file for you to do a single install and voila you have all of your extensions installed..

http://customsoftwareconsult.com/extensions/cleo/cleo.html

HTH,

Kent

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5 years 38 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I tried to restore a profile, but using the technique described above for manual backup and restore, it seems to have lost all my saved passwords. Are they not saved in the Profile?

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5 years 38 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird gizmo.richards

They should be in the profile unless you are using a third party app like Roboform

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5 years 36 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Hi
What I want to do is move thunderbird profile to a new partition on my hard drive so how do I do that ? I have tried one method but TB just keeps making a new folder as tho it was a fresh download . So any help is appreciated
thanks

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5 years 34 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Hello Gizmo,

I keep my Thunderbird profile folder in a different place; in my documents folder on my data drive (D: drive). Thunderbird allows me to select a different profile location in the "Account Settings > Server Settings" window.

So, I tried an experiment with Mozbackup to see how it would work with the different location. I made a copy of my Thunderbird profile folder (with copy/paste), then I used MozBackup to backup Thunderbird. Then I deleted my Thunderbird profile folder, and tried restoring from Mozbackup.

Mozbackup did not fare very well. Each time I would try the restore it would reset Thunderbird's profile location setting from my D: drive to the default location on the C: drive, and it would restore the profile data to the C: drive as well. If that weren't enough, I found the restored profile data (that was restored to the incorrect location on the C: drive) was missing the actual emails.

So, I think MozBackup may have a few problems when a non-standard profile location is used, although it's very possible I am doing something wrong.

Thanks, Gizmo. I love the great information you provide to us.

Randy

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5 years 31 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I confirm the locations for my Vista Home Premium. Also, I found Sunbird data files at the C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla location.

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5 years 27 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

You can force Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird to use a more 'reasonable' storage directory than "C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\"

First, back up your profile manually as suggested in the article.

Start Thunderbird with -profilemanager to bring up a dialog that allows you to manage your Tbird profiles. Create a new profile in a more reasonable place, say, d:\PersonalData\Tbird\.

Thunderbird creates the directory and populates it with some default stuff. On startup, it asks you for some information to get going. Cancel out of this, and close Thunderbird.

Delete the new, default data that Thunderbird just created in your new, reasonably-named folder. Replace it with your backed up data.

Again, run Thunderbird with -profilemanager, and ensure that it starts up with your new profile.

Thunderbird will work with the backed up directory structure. You've successfully moved your Tbird profile! Run Thunderbird with -profilemanager one last time, and remove your old profile. Never again dig through "c:\Users and Settings" or whatever to do a simple backup.

Be careful! Nobody's responsible if you bork up your email stash!

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5 years 14 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Where is the profile located for Max OS X 10.5.6? I see a similar question above, but no answer.
Thank you

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5 years 14 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

RE: Thunderbird on Mac

According to this site: http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/mozillaThunderbird/backupRestore.cwd Macs store T-bird data here: "Mac OS X ~/Library/Thunderbird"

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5 years 14 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Here's another good tip from this site: http://email.about.com/cs/mozillatips/qt/et082002.htm

"Find Your Mozilla Thunderbird Profile Directory

To locate and open the folder where Mozilla Thunderbird keeps your profile including settings and messages:

On Windows:

* Select Run... from the Start menu.
* Type "%appdata%" (without the quotes).
* Hit Return.
* Open the Thunderbird folder.
* Go to the Profiles folder.
* Now open the folder of your Mozilla Thunderbird profile (probably "********.default" where the '*'s stand for random characters) and the folder beneath it.

On Mac OS X:

* Open your home folder.
* Go to the Library folder.
* Open the Thunderbird and then the Profiles folders.
* Open your profile's directory (probably "********.default" where the '*'s stand for random characters).

On Linux:

* Go to the ".thunderbird" directory in your home "~" directory.
* Open the profile directory (probably "********.default" where the '*'s stand for random characters).

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5 years 13 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Quick question: When doing the manual backup, is it possible to just copy the profile and paste it on a different OS? i.e. If i copy my Thunderbird profile from a Windows XP Machine and paste it on a Mac OS X Leopard Thunderbird (pasting of course to the correct directory). Will that work????

Thanks!

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5 years 13 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Rhiannon

It should - that's how I usually back up my Thunderbird settings, just grab the whole profile. When I add it back to a new installation, I've always had to put the all the files of the profile (verses the Profile Folder itself) into the new profile folder.

I'm not sure that's how it works in a Mac, but I think the structure of the program is basically the same across all OS's.

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5 years 11 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I don't know or care what a 'user profile' is, I just want to back up my Bookmarks. In 2.0 and below, all I had to do was create a folder on my desktop, open Firefox> Bookmark Manager>File>Export, then save to the folder I created, and I had a back-up that could be read by ANY browser, and showed my Bookmarks like a word document, showing the names of everything I bookmarked.
I could export my bookmarks to a folder on my desktop, and then put that back-up on a flash drive, and put that back-up on ANY Windows computer desktop, open it up like a word document and see the name (description) of every web site I had book marked. Thanks to the "New and Improved" Bookmark Manager in 3.0, I can no longer open the Bookmark back-up like a document and see the name of every web site I book marked. Plus, my only option is to import 50 or 100 Bookmarks, even if I only want to import a couple of them.

If that were not bad enough, now a back-up (from FF 3.0) can only be imported by FF 3.0! A previous version of FF will not open or import a back-up from 3.0 , nor will any other browser.

Unfortunately, the Bookmark Manager features in version 3.0. are now devoid of any usefulness to me. For me, the "New and Improved" Bookmark Manager has made IE6 superior to Firefox 3.0! The Bookmark Manager is much more difficult and counter-intuitive in FF3.0. With FF 1.5, a person who had never seen a computer before could learn everything there is to know about managing Bookmarks in 30-40 seconds.

Not being able to export (back-up) Bookmarks forced me to abandon Firefox, and start trying out alternatives.

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5 years 11 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anupam

The bookmarks in FF 3.0 are saved as json file. But you can save the file as HTML too. Click "Organize Bookmarks" ----> "Import and Backup" ----> Export HTML. You can also import the whole backup of bookmarks the same way.. choosing Import HTML instead of export.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 6 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Not being able to export (back-up) Bookmarks forced me to abandon Firefox, and start trying out alternatives.

I think being an overreacting idiot did that, actually.

Export to HTML, instead of the native JSON which FF3.0's new bookmark manager uses, and you keep using your beloved Firefox. Exporting to HTML is what 2.0 did to begin with, and if I remember correctly even then It was called "Export to HTML" and not "Backup". I'm baffled by how you got confused, but not surprised.

Short tempers and technology do not mix.

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4 years 51 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I’ve pretty important email of my client which I’ve lost. Could you please describe how to recover using the backup of Mozilla thunderbird?

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4 years 49 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird chris.p

A note on manual backup - reimport of Thunderbird data.

If you use the manual method, there are 2 things that don't get saved:
message filters
dictionary

So I guess there is some stuff in Program Files that needs to be grabbed.

chris.p

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4 years 49 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird chris.p

If you used the mozbackup plugin, and chose Save all options, then you should get everything. Some plugins might not make the trip though - but this seems more of a problem with Firefox, Thunderbird has worked OK for me with mozbackup.

If you used the manual backup method, then all the email will be in that Application Data folder.

I use 2 PCs for this, I backup to another PC with Thunderbird installed but no Net access (so it can't go online and get mail), then you can see what it's got or what's missing. The big file in Application Data of hundreds of MB is your mail. If something's missing out of that then there has been some sort of other issue.

chris.p

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4 years 44 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Here is a cool article http://www.tips4pc.com/Bookmarks/Bookmarks.htm

It includes:

Exporting Bookmarks from Firefox

Importing Bookmarks into Firefox

Exporting Internet Explorer Favorites

Import Firefox Bookmarks into Internet Explorer Favorites

Import saved Favorites back into Internet Explorer

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4 years 42 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

No mention of Vista??

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4 years 40 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Vista Location
C:\Users\&ltWindowsLogin-UserName&gt\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\...

AppData may be a hidden file

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4 years 21 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Or use http://www.favbrowser.com/backup/

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4 years 20 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Xmarks and LastPass firefox add-ons?

This article needs an update

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4 years 19 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird dremaleman

Newbie here in a sad situation, & afraid to step toe into water. Just got back my laptop after new HD install. Tech was not successful in reinstalling my TB emails and addys - of course like all, I have multiple proflies, hundreds of emails, addys and folders needing to be retrieved. Tech was not familiar at all with TB so when he tried to repopulate it wudn't work. Said he phoned TB help (don't know where he got a phone #!!) and worked on it for an hour with no luck repopulating. He has the stuff in a folder on my hd somewhere and thought I had a backup but just learned a lesson - in checking it did not back up my TB arg! I have read thru this but am not sure where to begin retrieval. or whether I can even retrieve if he has messed with it. Was going to use mozBackup until reading it only only restored one of the email account's mail. I have three different profiles I was using. Holding my breath I can get direction here. OS Vista, have downloaded TB2.0.0.23. FF 3.5.5. First I gotta find it on the hd now . . . Thx.

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4 years 18 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

My HP Pavillion Notebook was a little slow/ almost 3 yrs old, so I wanted to take it back to factory settings (Vista). I backed up all data onto an external drive, successfully! After getting my Notebook started up and software on it, I moved the back up data back on the notebook too. Everything, the pics, word, browser info, moved back in the proper programs except Thunderbird, the saved eMails, its settings, saved addresses etc. I did not have a updated Thunderbird on my old back, and all I can find is the new Thunderbird 3.0. How can I get my mail, addresses and settings from my external Drive (in a rar file)into the new Thunderbird 3.0? Thanks

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4 years 18 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anupam

MozBackup has been recently updated. Version 1.4.10 is released.

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4 years 7 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I've backed up my TB emails and address book with mozbackup but now I can't find out how to get them back into my new TB on my new notebook. it's a fairly large file that apparently can only be opened by TB. But if I click "open" it doesn't do anything. I had lots of important emails and addresses in it, so any help is appreciated to get it back!
Thanks
L. Germany

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4 years 7 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anupam

Hi, you may find this webpage useful for restoration :

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Thunderbird

Also, you may find this page useful too, to compact file size of backup :

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_Tips_:_Compacting_Folders

This page will be of use too :

http://kb.mozillazine.org/MozBackup

If you still have problems, then contact the author of the software, as given on this page :

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/support.php

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4 years 7 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Best free program to automatically back up Thunderbird is Karen's Replicator. Replicator can be scheduled to copy files to an external drive daily, weekly or whenever you wish. Simply set the source to be copied as the Thunderbird folder usually found in application data or roaming, and the destination as your external pen drive or whatever. Should your pc go down the pan, simply install Thunderbird on your new machine and replace the Thunderbird folder with the contents of your thunderbird folder on your external drive. Works a treat.

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4 years 4 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

after taking backup can any one tell how to verify weather the backup i have taken is worthy (other than trying to restore it:-))

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4 years 4 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anupam

I don't know how you can verify other than restoring data. But, if you want a verification feature, FEBE has it. Look for it in the options. If you choose that, FEBE will verify the backups, after taking them.

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3 years 28 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird TropicalCoder (not verified)

Restoring Thunderbird on Win 7 64 bits after a main hard drive failure didn't go well, but I found what worked. After installing a new hard drive and reinstalling the OS, and being able to access the old HD, I moved a Profile file over that I had backed up at one point, and viola - Thunderbird was back - as it was 8 months ago when I made that back up!

This was no use, of course. Then I found the most recent Thunderbird profile on the old drive, and moved that, but for some reason it did not work. Then I noted that the profile.ini still pointed to the previous profile, so I changed that. Still didn't work. Then I noted that the profile seems to be stored in 2 different places: C:\Users\[myname]\AppData\Local\Thunderbird
and C:\Users\[myname]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird, so I updated both those locations. Still didn't work. Then I noted there were more files in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird and replaced those. Perhaps it was after this step that Thunderbird broke, and would no longer boot. Finally, I downloaded it again and installed it. Like magic, it must have noted my "old" installation and assimilated all that data and suddenly I was face to face with my email exactly as it appeared before the system crash. Wow.

The key steps here are:
1.) On the newly installed OS, install Thunderbird.
2.) Delete all the contents in these three locations...
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Thunderbird
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird,
replacing it with all the data from the old installation.
3.) Install Thunderbird again.

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3 years 25 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird JMJM (not verified)

Try Mailbrowserbackup (just google "mailbroweserbackup"). This lists all the email and bowser programs installed on your computer. You only have to tick the ones you want backed-up and where to, and it does the rest.

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3 years 16 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Hermit2003 (not verified)

A million thanks for this post! I have been struggling for a week to restore my Thunderbird mail and settings from my old hard drive. I had Vista, but after my motherboard died I bought a new computer with Win 7 64-bit. I knew I'd have to reinstall all my programs, but since my old hard drive was intact, I figured I could just copy the Thunderbird profiles. When that didn't work, I searched all over the net, but this was the only suggestion I've found that worked. Many, many thanks!

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3 years 11 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous123456789 (not verified)

Thanks for the solution. Works perfectly! :)

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3 years 11 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Chris Kavanagh (not verified)

Just thought I'd comment on (#44934) by Anonymous. . .I too use 'Karen's Replicator' to back up my Firefox User Profile, & it works like a gem. It's a GREAT piece of software for backing up ANYTHING, give it a try!

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3 years 5 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird DS (not verified)

You have to install MozBackup on your new computer and run it to restore the backup you previously made on the old computer.

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2 years 35 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Trytohelp (not verified)

Easier Method........

1.) Install OS
2.) Restore files to c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird
3.) Download and install thunderbird.

Thunderbird will find everything you restored and your up and running. This will work for Firefox as well. Just restore your Firefox backup to c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Firefox.

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2 years 35 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Peter Opit (not verified)

Hi,
I lost all my emails when tbird did it's backup itself. I have searched the mozilla website but none of the ways around my problem have worked. Does anyone know how to find this backup it made, so I can get rid of mail that was going to be deleted anyway and restore the messages that were yet to be filed into their own folders within Inbox?
"Closing the gate after the horse has bolted" situation, I know, but have kept inbox as clear as possible since, would these current emails remain after a restoration, if a restoration is possible?

thanks
pedro52

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2 years 30 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Monkey Man (not verified)

Well this easier method worked like a treat for me ... 64 bit win 7.

Thanks for the help everyone!

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2 years 29 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird lancelot (not verified)

KLS MAIL BACKUP is my first choice, never failed. I tried mozbackup and febe, but kls offer most options and give you exactly what it promise, everytime you need it to do

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2 years 26 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird RobertM (not verified)

I found a much easier way to back up Thunderbird. I use Dropbox and just moved my Thunderbird Email folder location to inside the Dropbox folder. It backs up immediately and automatically.

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2 years 23 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird cyba (not verified)

The problem with Mozilla Backup and, from what I've seen of KLS (just installed and tested), is that only each archive, of however many you have, can be restored. For instance, with Mozilla Backup, if I wanted a particular email from an archive made last year then restoring that archive to see the email overwrites my current emails. I have to (i) archive these, then (ii) restore the old archive, then (iii) restore the archived 'current' or latest emails. I can't add an archive to my current TBird emails. This is a hassle. KLS might progressively add all emails cumulatively to a single new archive? I'm not sure.

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2 years 22 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Jesper (not verified)

RobertM, I would like to do the same. But how do you move the folder location? Especially in Thunderbird. (I run Win 7 64 bit).

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2 years 22 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird ZoNi (not verified)

http://email.about.com/od/mozillathunderbirdtips/qt/et_move_profile.htm

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2 years 18 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Arthur (not verified)

Wow, how easy was that.
Thanks for this Trytohelp.
Have 6 email accounts in Thunderbird, over 14gb in data.
From the old notebook, copied the Thunderbird file in Vista professional (c:\users\\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird) to a 32gb memory stick.
Plugged memory stick in to the new notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and then pasted this Thunderbird file to Roaming (c:\users\\AppData\Roaming.
Then installed Thunderbird 8 (latest version) and bingo it seems all data is there and all account are working so far.

Ooops, jut noticed it hasn't copied over the address Book.. hhmmm

Now to work out how to copy the address book.

Any ideas?

Arthur

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2 years 13 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird ZoNi (not verified)

Easy way to find FF/TB default profile folder: FF button > Help > Troubleshooting Information> Open Containing Folder

Of course, this can be used only when FF/TB can be started :-)

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2 years 13 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Luvntravln

Running W7: I backed up the entire Mozilla folder found at Username>AppData>Roaming>Mozilla. Contained in the Mozzy folder is the Firefox folder which contains a profiles folder.

I have just rebuilt my computer.

Did I find the right profiles folder to restore my profile?

If so, I replaced the entire new profiles folder from the new FF with the old profiles folder.

Nope! Wouldn't open FF and said that FF was running and I had to restart. Over and over and over.

Reinstalled the new profiles and I am up and running.

However, I do not have my Add-ons and Extensions.

How do I use the saved data to replace the new data?

Thanks

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2 years 10 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird SuperDad (not verified)

I have related question

I have just moved over to Thunderbird (v10) from Outlook (not easy, but that's another story)

Backing up Outlook was easy, I simply copied the .pst in Apps Data/[name]/Local/Microsoft/Outlook

I would like to do similar with Thunderbird. The main Profile folder seems to be in Apps Data/[name]/roaming/Thunderbird but I see there are other Profiles in the Local Folder and Programs(X86) Folder. What do these do, do I need to back them up, and do I need to back up whole folder?

tks

SD

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1 year 22 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird TonyT (not verified)

Did you change the profiles.ini (Thunderbird configuration file) to the correct profile? (Your older profile)

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

The Mozbackup link is invalid.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird MidnightCowboy

Thank you. The link has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 6 days ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Paxmilitaris

I tried Mozbackup (portable), but it didn't work with Firefox and Thunderbird portable.

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6 weeks 1 day ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird jareds

The later versions of tbird do not seem to let you manually copy individual folders used to organize your mail. ie.. recipes or resumes.
I would like to transfer archive files from an older computer and combine with latest backup but when trying to move them they do not show up in tbird after relaunch? Is there any manual individual restore tricks??

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5 years 51 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Another great technical support website is:

http://www.protonic.com

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5 years 48 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

For IT with an educational slant go to http://www.edugeek.net. It's the best resource for school/college based IT techs.

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5 years 43 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Great article, keep up the good work.

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5 years 26 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Wow I love this website

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Dont forget Elder geek, has site for Vista and XP/lower

Main page is http://www.theeldergeek.com/

BTW, I turn to your site first when looking for anything PC or SW related. Great work!

Will G

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