Google Chrome Version 33.0.1726.0 dev-m
Windows 8.1 64bit
Problem Description: After cleaning Chrome's "Internet History", Google Chrome's preferences become corrupt. I've been able to reproduce this four times and I've narrowed the cleaning options down to "Internet History" as the culprit.
The items cleaned under Internet History were 7 files:
- Archived History
- Visited Links
- Current Tabs
- Last Tabs
- Top Sites
- History Provider cache
- Network Action Predictor
After referring to an earlier screenshot I took I may be able to eliminate "Last Tabs". I was able to reproduce the problem without that item cleaned.
This always yields the message: "Your preferences can not be read. Some features may be unavailable and changes to preferences won't be saved".
Navigating to: C:\Users\WindowsUserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default shows us Preferences and Preferences.bad. It's almost useless to back up the preferences file as Chrome's extensions sometimes become unusable and must be reinstalled.
What doesn't fix the issue:
- CCEnhancer 3.8 has been used and eliminated as a contributing culprit after removing its custom cleaning definitions.
- Reinstalling Chrome has been tried twice and does not solve the issue
- Reinstalling the latest version of CCleaner does not solve the issue (before or after using CCEnhancer).
Again, I think the important discovery here is whatever Chrome is cleaning under Internet History. Their relation to the preferences file is beyond me. Should I file a bug report with this build of chrome? What else could I try?