How to extract an icon form an application (using IcoFX)
IcoFX (http://icofx.ro) is a very powerful icon editor that can be used to create and modify icon files.
It also can be used to extract icons form applications.
Normally IcoFX must be installed, but there is also a portable version available that can be used without having to install it (nothing will be modified on your system).
Here we describe the usage of the portable version only.
Installation (Portable Version)
Just download the portable version from the following website:
Double click the downloaded file.
The assistant will now prompt you for a folder, where the portable application will be copied to.
This can be any folder of your choice like (like C:\temp\IcoFX) but also an USB device.
The installer will place some files in this folder directly, so you should create a separate folder named "IcoFX".
Starting IcoFX Portable
Just double click the file IcoFXPortable in the folder where you have unpacked IcoFX (like C:\temp\IcoFX).
Extracting an Icon
Before you can extract an icon from an application you have to find out where the application is stored.
C:\Program Files (x86)
Most applications are stored in the folders:
Search in these folders for the name of your application.
To extract an icon perform the following steps in IcoFX:
Click on the Open
Select Windows Binary
in the field File Type
Navigate in the folder structure to the folder where the application is stored and select the application
Click on the Open
Now select the icon you want to extract
Some applications have multiple icons stored, here you have to select the icon that is also shown on your desktop or in your start menu.
This should normally be the top-left icon in the list.
Click on the Button Extract
Now you see the selected icon in the editor of IcoFX.
The icon is available in multiple sizes (marked with a red square in the image above).
Click on the Button Save
and save the icon in a folder of your choice.
Now you can
the icon via email
(tom [at] vulndetect [dot] com) or
the icon to a forums posting
Thank you for your help!