Often when using Google Chrome it will crash and give me a message "Your preferences cannot be read. Some features may be unavailable and changes to preferences won't be saved." Afterward I have to re-install my extensions and fix many of my settings. I have to opt-out from a number of ad sites again as well. This happens roughly every three days.
I reported the issue on the chrome forum but I expect no answer.
I've seen a number of people who have this problem and a couple of recommend solutions.
This one seems to work for most of them.
=>Exit Google Chrome completely.
=>Go to the Start menu > Run.
=>Enter one of the following directories in the text field, then press OK.
=>Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\
=>Windows Vista/ Windows 7: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\
=>Locate the folder called "Default" in the directory window that opens and rename it as "Backup default."
=>Try opening Google Chrome again. A new "Default" folder is automatically created as you start using the browser
It'd didn't even work for five full hours for me and I had to fix everything again anyway.
Another solution was given as this.
Right click User Data
click Security tab
and click Replace Permissions
I tried this once and it didn't work, I went to try it again and the Replace Permissions option wasn't even there.
It is also affecting my Firefox Browser. Every time this happens I have to re-set my Firefox homepage.
Chrome Version 31.0.1650.63 m
Vista Home Basic
Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 17 May 2014 - 03:38 AM.
Moved to 'Am I infected?'