Preserve the favicons using AM-Deadlink
A favicon (favorite icon) is a customized image that Microsoft Internet Explorer uses, if it is available, as an icon to go with a user-specified bookmarked site on the Links bar at the top of a Web browser window. When you visit a link, Internet Explorer downloads the corresponding Favicon of that page and saves the file in the Cache. Usually the Favicon.ico file which contains the actual image, gets deleted once you clear the Temporary Internet Files cache. When the special icon file is lost, the URL is displayed with a standard IE icon.
Preserve the favicons with the corresponding shortcuts
To preserve the special icon manually, you'll need to save the .ico file locally (In some cases, you will need to view the webpage source for the favicon URL) and then change the icon for the URL shortcut using the Change Icon wizard in Properties. This, of course, is a tedious task if you want have hundreds of links in the Favorites.
AM-Deadlink makes this process easy by automating this process. It validates the URL address, then downloads the corresponding favicon file to your hard disk and then changes the icon references in the .URL file (Internet shortcuts).
Not only that, AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in your Browser Bookmarks. If a Bookmark has become unavailable you can delete it from your Browser. AM-DeadLink checks Bookmarks from Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape. Favorites backup, Export to text and other features are available. More than that, it has a Search function which can locate a particular Favorite item based on your keyword. This is very useful for those who have hundreds of links in their Favorites folder.
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