Brave looks like Chrome (://settings)

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Description of the issue:

For two users on this MS Windows desktop navigating to Brave settings shows a settings menu indistinct from chrome://settings, yet, with Chrome replaced with Brave.

At one point i assumed this was actually Chrome ‘pretending’ to be Brave given the settings menu, this reflects in some of the screenshot names. This is absolutely no false positive. Tried and tested repeatedly.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.

Start Brave.

For user1 this bizarreness went away after killing the brave/chrome session, deleting cookies etc. No real fix found.

For user2 the issue persists. Despite force killing Brave, clearing cookies etc.

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

brave settings, not chrome settings

Reproduces how often:

two times, one time for one of each two users

Brave Version(about:brave):

most recent

Brave is up to date

Version 0.56.12 Chromium: 70.0.3538.77 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Reproducible on current live release (yes/no):

Brave is up to date

Version 0.56.12 Chromium: 70.0.3538.77 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Information:

this is somewhat scary and concerning since this may mean the information for Brave is available and changeable to Chrome when running chrome next to brave.

few screeenshots show a cluster/service running in the background, to be clear, the issue existed before booting this app (Crafter CMS)

Posted to twitter @brave on at least two occasions without a response to this report.

This is pretty common. We’ve addressed this several times in different forms. For looking like Chrome from a design standpoint, see these:


Also remember Brave isn’t currently using unique user agent string:


Most importantly, Brave does not send information to Google or anyone else:

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Thanks.

This is not what i am experiencing though. For user1 brave looks like brave again, for user2 it is allmost indistinguishable from Chrome besides the identifier chrome was replaced with Brave.

Anyway. Brave does appear to be a mess. I’m likely to dump it.

The Bitwarden extension kills performance on protonmail.com etc. Rubbish, moving on.

Any project switching to Chrome makes me loose my appetite, just like distro’s switching to systemd.

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