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13 May 2003
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=<A href=""></A> type="image/ico"><BR>25.03.03: while retreiving the info cookies are disabled (for IE6)
14.05.03: updated source and downloads



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GeneralCool App Pin
WinWear21-Apr-10 20:50
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Questionfaviconizer & firefox Pin
blondeel25-Feb-08 3:03
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Questionwhat about FireFox? Pin
Don.Gilan3-Oct-07 12:32
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QuestionDoes it work for updating the icons on IE 7.0 ? Pin
pontusa21-Dec-06 21:25
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GeneralInstallation Pin
rogerstopp1-Mar-06 9:01
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GeneralDidn't seem to find any! Pin
David Tyler5-Feb-06 3:53
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NewsQuick Launch icons Pin
facorreia17-Oct-05 2:57
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GeneralThankyou &amp; Comments Pin
saishoman17-Sep-05 1:50
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GeneralFaviconizer Pin
cjf2000027-Aug-05 11:44
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GeneralQuestions re Download choices & Uninstall Pin
codebuff7-Jun-05 0:34
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GeneralStarting Faviconizer Pin
Ann Little28-Mar-05 8:51
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GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer Pin
redlane655-Apr-05 16:11
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GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer Pin
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GeneralRe: Starting Faviconizer Pin
Svensken30-Oct-05 12:53
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GeneralFaviconizer rocks! Pin
btorrean4-Mar-05 19:18
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QuestionFavicon needs a nudge to the right, is there a fix? Pin
MikeSouper22-Jan-05 4:18
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GeneralMisses Some FavIcons Pin
NOYBNOYB16-Jan-05 10:55
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GeneralRe: Misses Some FavIcons Pin
pontusa10-May-05 22:38
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GeneralQuestion Pin
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GeneralRe: Question Pin
SteveKing15-Jan-05 5:21
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Generalyou rock! Pin
Pyro Joe29-Dec-04 16:03
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GeneralChange _icons location Pin
Anonymous28-Oct-04 16:10
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GeneralJust Another Thank You! Pin
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GeneralWin98SE...GPF after 160 links processed Pin
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Posted 22 Mar 2003


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