AM-DeadLink: Cure bookmark overload

Clear away the deadwood in your browser's bookmark folder with a neat utility that weeds out broken links and duplicates on Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, and Opera.


If it takes you longer to locate a particular browser bookmark than it does to search for that same Web page, it may be time to rev up AM-DeadLink. This nifty freeware utility for managing browser bookmarks becomes increasingly useful as your favorites list grows more congested.

With one button, AM-DeadLink produces a list of bookmarks on the browser you select, pointing out broken or unlisted links. Another button bumps problem bookmarks to the top of the list, saving you from hunting and pecking among the thickets of text. A button identified by an image of cloned human figures reveals any duplicate bookmarks that may have been tucked away in multiple subfolders. Unwanted links are easily disposed of with a click on the recycle bin. For a quick reminder of what leads to what, users can preview bookmark destinations within the app. Backing up the bookmark list serves as a more long-term reminder.

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There\'s no getting lost with AM-DeadLink\'s clearly defined toolbar. (Credit: CNET Networks)

Unlike bookmarks for Internet Explorer, I did have to do a little legwork browsing the computer's program files within the app to find the Firefox and Opera bookmark files. Also, bookmark audits must be separately performed for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, and Opera. It'd be great to see the results for all browsers combined in one pop, but AM-DeadLink's current, straightforward method doesn't actually add too much time or clutter, and novice users will know exactly what they're doing.

AM-DeadLink has a few extra minor settings configurations up its metaphorical sleeve to provide more information, Internet connection, and distinguishing characteristics for the bookmarks, but other than that, this no-nonsense tool is blessedly free of surprises. Are there other bookmark managers you turn to for browser pruning?

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.