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How to Extract Video, Audio or Image Files from the Browser Cache

Most of us are unaware of the fact that when we watch a video over the net, the same amount of bandwidth is consumed as required to download it. So if you have an internet connection with a limited amount of bandwidth that does not believe the myth that watching the videos online itself will save your bandwidth. However, the good part is whatever you see or do is stored by the browser in its cache. Whenever you visit a website, or watch a video or browse through images, all the data is stores in the browser cache. What is even better is one can actually extract the audio, video and image files from the cache using an application called VideoCacheView.

VideoCacheView software lets you watch the videos stored in your browsers including Internet explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. It scans the cache of the browsers and extracts the available files. One may browse the cache folders manually, but then it is a little difficult to decipher the files.

How to Extract Data Files from the Browser Cache

  • You can download it from here and complete the installation procedure. When you run the application for the first time it scans your system and present you a list of available files. If you want to save the file on the system, click on the button that says “Copy selected files to” on the top left corner.
  • When you click on the button, a dialog box will appear that will contain a default location to save the video file. You can also store it in a different location. One can also save a couple of files together in bulk. It is useful especially when you want to save a large number of files on the system.
Note: When the file is saved on the system, nothing is downloaded over the net because the file is already downloaded when you had watched it. So the process is not at all time-consuming.

Some Tool Options

  • Go to the Options menu and then select Advanced Options. In the dialog box that appears, it contains a host of options regarding video loading from the browsers. It supports Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera browsers. One can also extract videos from the Temporary folder along with the cache folder. One can actually select the browsers that want to include in the scan by checking the box next to their names.
  • One can also view the videos again without actually saving them on their system by right clicking on the video file. In the menu that follows select the option play selected file. The video will be played in the default media player of your system.
  • However, sometimes you may receive a warning instead of the video being played. That implies the file does not have an associated program. You can associate the program file by navigating to Control panel-> Programs-> Default programs-> Make a file type always open in a specific program. Select your file type and set the program for it.

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