Google Chrome – Your Preferences cannot be read

Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps.

What will be changing

Only the settings for the Chrome profile you’re signed in to will be reset. Your new settings will apply across all computers or devices where you’re signed in to your active profile.
  • Default search engine, which is changed back to Google.
  • Homepage and tabs.
  • The new tab page.
  • Tabs you have pinned.
  • Content settings, like letting a site show you pop-ups or use your microphone.
  • Cookies and site data, like items in an online shopping cart.
  • Extensions and themes.

Reset Chrome Settings

  • Launch Chrome (Error will pop up still)
  • Click the three dots beside the address bar
  • Click Settings
  • Click Show advanced Settings...
  • Scroll to the bottom
  • Click Reset settings
  • Restart Chrome

If the issue persists, continue to next step …

Recreate your Profile

For this step we will backup and recreate your profile. Sadly this will wipe all of your settings including bookmarks and history. You will need to get to your Chrome data, here is where to find it on Windows, Mac and Ubuntu.

Tip:
In Windows, you will need to enable “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”.

“Start” → “Control Panel” → “Folder Options”
Click the “View” tab.
Click “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”
Uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files”
Press “OK”

Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\

Mac OS

/Users/username/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/

Linux

/home/username/.config/google-chrome/

In this directory, there should be a Default profile or one with a username if you have added a profile to Chrome. We will need to either delete or move this folder so that chrome can rebuild the profile.

On Windows

Rename Default to Default.old by right clicking the folder icon and selecting rename.

On Mac

Launch Terminal then enter the following:

sudo mv /Users/username/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default /Users/username/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default.old

On Linux

Launch Terminal then enter the following:

sudo mv /home/username/.config/google-chrome/Default /home/username/.config/google-chrome/Default.old

Last Ditch

If none of the above works, delete the entire Google directory and restart Chrome. This will rebuild all the settings.

Note: Not sure about Windows but I would feel safer just doing a fresh install of Chrome there.

Did this help?

Let me know if this helped you by leaving a comment.

Installing Linux Kernel v4.10

I started using CentOS over several other Distros that I have been testing ever the years. I still have an Ubuntu laptop just to keep up to date with things seeing that it’s one of the most popular ones.

I’ve covered installing Kernels before but I wanted to refresh that topic and include how to do it on CentOS.

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How to get the Abbadon and Nova Mortis post Dawning

Both these weapons were introduced as part of The Dawning event but are still available to collect. These are basically the Void and Solar versions of the Thunderlord.

Originally you had to level up your book to get Xur’s Tag to unlock Xur’s gift at the tower and get the Tattered schematic which you then had to turn into Ikora Rey to unlock the Exotic Quest “Songs from the Void” for the Nova Mortis. Once you completing the Nova Mortis quest, go speak to Commander Zavala to unlock the quest for the Abbadon.

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WordPress XML-RPC Ping List

 

WordPress uses this list to Update Services whenever you update your blog with new posts or pages by sending an XML-RPC ping and then those Update Services process the ping and update their proprietary indices with your update.

Typically, we’d have to wait for search engine bots to crawl our site to get the new updates but using this ping list you send updates out to services for them to propagate search engines for you. Continue reading WordPress XML-RPC Ping List

Netgear Router Security Update

Netgear noted that several of their routers have a command injection Vulnerability issue where an attacker can use a phishing method to gain control of your router.

Tip:
To find the model/version number, check the bottom or back panel of your NETGEAR device.

From the vulnerability Notes Database:

R6200, R6250, R6400, R6700, R6900, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, R8000, D6220, and D6400 contain an unauthenticated command injection vulnerability that may be executed directly or via cross-domain requests. Known affected firmware versions include Netgear R7000 version 1.0.7.2_1.1.93, R6400 version 1.0.1.12_1.0.11, and R8000 version 1.0.3.4_1.1.2. Earlier versions may also be affected. The command injection vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2016-6277.

By convincing a user to visit a specially crafted web site, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may execute arbitrary commands with root privileges on affected routers. An unauthenticated, LAN-based attacker may do the same by issuing a direct request, e.g. by visiting: http:///cgi-bin/;COMMAND

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Activate Ubuntu login sound

I miss some things from the old Ubuntu releases and one of those things is the login sound. I found it still included but not active, here is how to re-activate it if you want to have some nostalgia…

  • Cling on the Ubuntu Launcher
  • Search for and launch Startup Applications
  • Click Add
  • Add the following lines:
    • Name: Login Sound
    • Command: paplay /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/desktop-login.ogg
    • Comment: Play Login Sound
  • Click Save
  • Restart your computer

If you just want to hear it without having it load every time you login check, here ya go.

ttf-mscorefonts-installer fails to install/upgrade

In the article on What to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 we went over installing some things to the default Ubuntu install and it seems one of the processes needs the ttf-mscorefonts-installer package. Well, it seems that something is broken in that process and this article will cover how to fix it and get your system back to full throttle…

What’s the error?

Here is what I’ve seen, sometimes it happens with different fonts as well.

ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe
 Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/andale32.exe [198 kB]
 Fetched 198 kB in 12s (15.8 kB/s)
 ttf-mscorefonts-installer: downloading http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe
 Get:1 http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe
 Fetched 552 B in 11s (47 B/s)

E: Failed to fetch http://downloads.sourceforge.net/corefonts/arial32.exe Hash Sum mismatch

E: Download Failed
 Setting up ttf-mscorefonts-installer (3.4+nmu1ubuntu2) ...

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Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

While Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other Social Media Giants debate on whether blocking fake news on their services will be bad enough for their bottom line (because they make revenue for clicks on their sites and traffic flow) instead of focusing on the greater good for their users and society on a whole, a group of college Students have stepped up on done their job for them. Continue reading Students do what Social Giants drag ass on

What to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

I never use anything but LTS if and when I put Ubuntu on my machines so I will not cover 15.10 or 16.10. These are some of the things to do right after installing Ubuntu on your computer.

Important:
This is not an exhaustive list nor is it the only things to do. If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below.

Most of these steps will be terminal based so start up a terminal. Press the super key (the Key Formerly Known as the Windows Key) to bring up the Unity dash. Then, type in terminal and choose the icon for the terminal program.

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