Hide 'Your profile could not be opened correctly'

I have a small public internet cafe, with Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10. I’m using
Google Chrome 7.0.517.44 (64615), with AutoScroll – Version: 2.7.5; AdBlock is removed because of high CPU loads, and unconfortable speed of machine.

“Your profile could not be opened correctly” error is displayed:
cannot load profile This image is only an illustration.

The reason is that I changed permissions of some config files, to don’t remember the history, there are no setting in options, to don’t use history.

I’ve been removed write permission to:

~/.config/google-chrome$ find . -group nopasswdlogin
./Default/Archived History
./Default/Visited Links

When I solved all of my problem, I’ll remove some other write permission, this is a public place.

What methods are known to HIDE this message? Thanks!

Asked By: antivirtel


I had the same problem, I solved it by deleting ~/.config/chromium I lost all my bookmark and saved password.

Answered By: Abhijit Navale

i know you change the permission of that file but the problem is that you have read access of some of your files in the default chrome directory, similar bug here, with no solution at the moment :

the solution must be :

Open a terminal, type this

mv ~/.config/google-chrome/Default

Now run google-chrome, and it should work. Then close it, and type this in your terminal.

rm -rf ~/.config/google-chrome/Default 
cp -R ~/.config/google-chrome/Backup ~/.config/google-chrome/Default

Then when you open it all of your preferences should be back, and everything should be good.

If you want an easier way and don’t care about your bookmarks and preferences or anything, or the first solution doesn’t work -> you could close it and type this.

rm -rf ~/.config/google-chrome/Default

Then when you open it you should be able to start from scratch.

another option is to make a script that each time a user login in GNOME delete the DEFAULT folder directory and each user would initiate as a clean config

Answered By: hhlp

I do not have an exact answer to your question, but maybe a solution for your problem:

chromium can be managed by policies under /etc/chromium-browser/policies/

Have a look at http://www.chromium.org/administrators/linux-quick-start for a short introduction and at http://www.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3 for the available settings which you can lock down.

Similar path/links for chrome:



Answered By: Clausi

How about using an extesion like No History to stop Chrome from recording browsing history? Instead of changing file permisssions, you may try this way.

If you want, you can even go ahead and edit the files of the extension to disable the button on the toolbar. They are located under the following directory;


I don’t think your visitors will want to disable this extension though. So, you may just left it as it is.

Answered By: Qwerty

To be on the safest path you can try to rename existing `IndexedDB“folder which may cause such issues

  1. stop and kill chrome pkill -f chrome
  2. goto config profile folder like /home/<user>/.config/google-chrome/Profile <X>
  3. rename IndexedDB folder to IndexedDB_backup
  4. restart Chrome, it will recreate new IndexedDB folder
  5. check if it works for your case

This way will not destroy your plugins, bookmarks, passwords, etc

Answered By: pymen