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Retrieve web browsing history from Chrome

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Hi Experts!

I need to retrieve the web-browsing history of one employee . I was happy using NetAnalysis v 1.52 for reading the index.dat from internet explorer .  But this particular employes uses Google Chrome .I checked the c:\doc&Settings\username|localsettings\AppData\Google\Chrome\Userdata but I cannot find the index.dat here.

I cannot access directly that computer, I just can transfer files from the computer and access that PC through command line.
I have tried with several files from Chrome using NetAnalysis but I got the error message " Status: NO Browser data files identified"

Does anybody know a good tool to analyze chrome web browsing history?  and exactly what is the files that can show me all the web browsing history?
Thanks a lot.
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by:anbant
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OK I found the  "History Index 2011-01"  in
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data

But I cannot read this file, for what I have read it seems that this file is encrypted, any ideas what tool can I use to read it?

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by:Dave Baldwin
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The first characters in the history file say SQLite.  You can find it here: http://www.sqlite.org/
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by:anbant
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Thank you for your comments!

I am having some trouble trying to read the History Index with Chrome Analysis, Fox have you tried Chrome analysis  before?   it works like a charm  when I point to the c:\documents &Settings\Username\local settings\AppData\Google\Chrome\Userdata\Default in my local computer

But when I try to export the "History Index"  that I retrieve from the employee's machine it doesn't show anything, should I export the whole default folder?
Is there a way where I can read just the "history index"  I was trying to pull all the deafult folder but the connection cuts, that folder is too big.
Chrome Forensics cannot read the "History Index" neither.

@Dave,
Thanks for the comment, I am trying to figure out how to make sqlite3 work now. Let see how it goes.
I must present results tomorrow morning, some more ideas???
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@Fox,
These 2 programs are great , they even show me the search in chrome, If I just could run it silently in the target machine,  I just have command line access in that machine, the employee takes the laptop home.
It would be amazing if these programs could read the "history index"...
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Make a new profile on your machine and copy his history to that one...
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Hi,
Have you tried ChromeCacheView? I have tried it once.. it works nicely as well..

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/chrome_cache_view.html

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As mentioned, you can create your local copy of the index file through the command console, then do all the checks you need
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Thank you very much Guys, Chrome Analysis is better than Chrome Forensics and copying the "history index" to the new profile was the fastest solution.
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