Extension settings look... suspicious?

So Brave randomly decided to ask me if I wanted t use bing or google for image search, and after checking into stuff to make sure bing wasn’t trying to hijack the browser, found some odd things in my registry for the extensions.

Have a couple installed, and when I go to
HKEYCurUser\software\bravesoftware\bravebrowser\preferenceMACs\default [or] guest [or] system\extension.settings

I have anywhere from 4-20 keys with names like “mnojiijdmmbfmejpflffifhffcmidifd” and data value like “18C8FBEB4FAFB5A2F12A9DBB5987BA28AC9CE5D95916FB1CFCAC1BAFABA9DD8B”. Hex converters just spit it out as gibberish.

Are these actually supposed to be there? Do Chrome extensions seriously use the most suspicious-virus-looking names possible?

Brave Version( check About Brave):
1.50.114 (64-bit)
Only installed extensions:
Backspace to go Back
uBlock Origin

Yes, those are the normal IDs for extensions, and yes, they are meant to be that way.

if you sideloaded an extension, the ID will be generated automatically based on the path, so if you always use E:\extension\ Chromium browsers will always have the same ID in your computer, so it is done automatically by their system to avoid duplicates.

For example, you can easily check Chrome extension store.

About Brave extensions like mnojiijdmmbfmejpflffifhffcmidifd well, you can easily check that here brave://inspect/#extensions.

That Brave extension is what controls Web Discovery Project, which is the way to easily help Brave indexer to be improved without you doing nothing but only let Brave pretty much gather pages you visit and searches you make.

Also, that extension has the element Picker for the Adblocker. In the past, it also had the Shields Panel, but when ShieldsV2 was released, then it was made a native solution, like the Android shields panel, and removed as an extension.

If you for example start the browser with --disable-brave-extension you will not use Web Discovery Project, and you won’t see the Element picker, and well, in the past you wouldn’t even see the Brave shields icon/panel.

I don’t understand why the drama and saying stuff like, “suspicious-virus-looking names”, when it is normal, extensions have to have an unique ID to avoid issues, especially when most extensions get updated or might change name and all that. I mean, would that be different it was just numbers? no, it would be the same, Google just opted to use letters instead of numbers.

Also, about PreferenceMACs well, nobody is sure what that’s for, you will see they say you can transfer profiles just by using those, but it is a lie, because if you remove the registry entries and open your browser, the browser doesn’t get affected and actually re-make the same registry entries but with different values, so maybe it has to do with the IDs and maybe generated by system with the Encryption key and all that, but it is not something that is meant to be relevant for anything in the browser, just programs using registry for their information.
If you see Secured Preferences file, you will see many values like that, and in the extensions for example, it will not match what you see in the registry. Removing the ones in registry will not cause any issue but touching the ones in the User Data will.

So I think you should just let it be and ignore it and stop overthinking about it, it’s just how things work, especially in Browsers that are supposed to give security and all that.

If you didn’t see it, answer to that is Image search bringing me to Bing or Google? - #4 by Mattches

Yes, they are always weird names. You should see that if you go to Google Web Store and check for extensions. Like I navigated and then went to Google Translate. The link is https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-translate/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb

You notice the end part? aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb That’s what you’re seeing. It will show up like that regardless of what you look at.

Ok, that makes sense. Is there a reason I would have so many of them spread across several profiles? When I don’t have that many extensions? And have never had that many?

Brave has two extensions, and Chrome has two. Yet there’s over 50 of the registry keys floating around?

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