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A small utility which refreshes the icons in your IE favorites menu

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If you use Internet Explorer for browsing the web then you know that for some links you add to your favorites there's an icon indicating the webpage (e.g. CP has an orange icon with bob on it). But after a while those icons get replaced with the standard web icon again 'cause IE stores them in the web cache which gets cleaned up according to your settings.

I searched the web for a program which would let me store those icons in a safe place so they won't get lost again. Then I found Favorg. This program did the trick. But it was a little bit more than what I needed. Also, it doesn't check for the html tag <LINK REL="SHORTCUT ICON" HREF=link_to_favicon> but only gets the icon if it is in the root of the website and called favicon.ico.
Another thing that I didn't like was that it stored the icons in its program folder. Sure you could change that location but I always had to try several times until it worked. And what happens if you zip your favorites folder and move it to another computer? The icons are lost! And IE doesn't show the usual icon for them but an ugly white one.
Also, it seems that pcmag changed the download so that you need now a subscription for that.

So I decided to write my own program which fetches the icons for every link in the favorites folder. It also stores those icons in the favorites folder by creating a new subfolder and changing the attribute to 'hidden'. That way the folder for those icons doesn't show up in the favorites menu (even if you set "show hidden files/folders" in your settings).

To use the tool simply start it and hit the "start" button. Then wait a while. After the program finished you'll have all the nice icons restored - at least for those links which the website offers icons.


06.05.03: fixed small bug
01.04.03: recognizes now the tag <link rel="icon" href=""> type="image/ico">
25.03.03: while retreiving the info cookies are disabled (for IE6)
14.05.03: updated source and downloads



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Comments and Discussions

GeneralCool App PinmemberWinWear21-Apr-10 21:50 
Questionfaviconizer & firefox Pinmemberblondeel25-Feb-08 4:03 
Questionwhat about FireFox? PinmemberIlan_G3-Oct-07 13:32 
QuestionDoes it work for updating the icons on IE 7.0 ? Pinmemberpontusa21-Dec-06 22:25 
GeneralInstallation Pinmemberrogerstopp1-Mar-06 10:01 
GeneralDidn't seem to find any! PinmemberDavid Tyler5-Feb-06 4:53 
NewsQuick Launch icons Pinmemberfacorreia17-Oct-05 3:57 
GeneralThankyou &amp; Comments Pinmembersaishoman17-Sep-05 2:50 
GeneralFaviconizer Pinmembercjf2000027-Aug-05 12:44 
GeneralQuestions re Download choices & Uninstall Pinmembercodebuff7-Jun-05 1:34 
GeneralStarting Faviconizer PinmemberAnn Little28-Mar-05 9:51 
GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer Pinmemberredlane655-Apr-05 17:11 
GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer Pinmemberexxoncruise2-May-05 20:30 
GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer PinmemberSvensken30-Oct-05 13:53 
GeneralFaviconizer rocks! Pinmemberbtorrean4-Mar-05 20:18 
QuestionFavicon needs a nudge to the right, is there a fix? PinmemberMikeSouper22-Jan-05 5:18 
GeneralMisses Some FavIcons PinmemberNOYBNOYB16-Jan-05 11:55 
GeneralRe: Misses Some FavIcons Pinmemberpontusa10-May-05 23:38 
GeneralQuestion PinmemberButch Pa15-Jan-05 6:00 
GeneralRe: Question PinmemberSteveKing15-Jan-05 6:21 
Generalyou rock! PinmemberPyro Joe29-Dec-04 17:03 
GeneralChange _icons location PinsussAnonymous28-Oct-04 17:10 
GeneralJust Another Thank You! Pinsussthe_bull9-Oct-04 1:11 
GeneralWin98SE...GPF after 160 links processed PinmemberHonk4527-Sep-04 17:19 
GeneralRe: Win98SE...GPF after 160 links processed PinmemberGingkoBiloba9-Dec-05 11:12 

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