@leocg I think I may have resolved my own problem and the result seems embarrassingly obvious. The stop loading icon is hidden under the reload icon on the left next to the forward and backward icons in the navigation buttons area. When a search is being performed and a page is loading or being reloaded the Reload icon will change to an X and can be clicked on to stop the process. I do feel a little silly but I always felt there was no such thing as a bad question, at least most of the time.
@yanta said in Opera extensions don't work !:
Do you use Opera's built-in VPN?
If so, disable it for testing purposes or choose another VPN server.
Sometimes a VPN server's poor availability causes such timed-out messages.
The VPN wan't ON, but now I tried turning it ON and it worked !
I am pleasently alarmed with the rebirth of the history function of my Opera (vers. 57.0.3098.106). The alarming aspect is that nothing can be named as the origin of the `rebirth'.
I fear the moment that it will stop and disappear again,witout knowing why that happens.
I have installed Bitdefender and Advanced System Care. In the latter I have blocked the function that cleanes privacy aspects.
I hope that the history functions of Opera will remain intact.
I did all the things you suggested.
Interestingly enough, when I opened the Cmd window and keyed in the line about the launcher.exe, even if I typed it in quotes, I got the same message that Windows could not find c:\Program Not sure why it couldn't find it. The settings option was set to use the Start Page on startup, and to notify if another URL wanted to start it. I turned those options off and then back on and now the problem has stopped. I'm not sure why it stopped because I set it back to exactly how it was when I opened Settings.
At least, now it has stopped doing it.
Thank you very much for the detailed instructions. I appreciate the help and your time.
My system just installed the January 2019 Windows 1809 update and the problem affecting Opera seems to have gone away. Thanks, Bill Gates. I think I'll stick with Firefox for a while. Maybe permanently, with all the new bookmarks I've made. And the program handling. Entering this with Opera, by the by.