Discovering Chrome(ium) Profiles on Windows PC
At the moment BT discovers Chromium profiles by going into
%APPDATA%/Local/.../User Data folder and enumerating subfolders which are either called Default or start with Profile.
Then it goes into each of those folders and reads a JSON file called
Preferences to extract human readable profile name.
And this is OK, unless a user has tons of profiles, and reading JSON files is also a lengthy process due to how large those
Preferences files are!
There is a better/faster/more secure (not the most secure) way to list profiles in Chromium by just reading file
%APPDATA%/Local/.../User Data/Local State which is also a JSON file, and contains
profile property, which has
info_cache property, under which all the profiles are listed.
Each profile object has
shortcut_name property, which in turn contains human readable name of the profile, and that’s exactly what Browser Tamer is using to display those.
Unfortunately, this method is still reading a file from your user data directory of a Chromium browser, but now it’s just a single file read instead of many. This still may trigger anti-virus alerts, but at the time of this writing there is no other safe way to enumerate profiles.
P.S. Browser Tamer is a browser automation system utility done in spare time by myself. Official page is located here.
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