Opera won't even start anymore...

  • Hi,
    Could anyone help me here..?
    I'm a Windows 7 65-bit user, 16 GB Ram, nothing special, and I've been using Opera for 10 or 15 years. (Except for a short period during which I used Chrome after Opera switched to Chromium... Came back because of tab lazy loading & a personal UI preference.)
    My version so far was 35.0.2066.37.

    Anyway.
    Yesterday I was just reading a text web page, switched to another program, then alt-tabbed back to Opera a few minutes later, only to see it had frozen. This usually doesn't happen (in fact it's been remarkably stable these last few months), so whatever, I just force-closed the Opera process tree, and relaunched. It had zero tabs in it... Ouch. Usually when this happens I'll just take my 'Last Session' backup from the Opera data folder, but I wasn't in the mood, and just restarted Opera again to try it, thus deleting my last session... (Not cool.)
    I can try and live with a 2000-tab session that just goes away like that (if I could access my history obviously), but it's worse, Opera just won't run anymore.

    So...

    • Renamed my Opera data folder to reset everything (including extensions),
    • Even started it with the '--disable-extension' command-line just to be sure,
    • Uninstalled, re-downloaded and reinstalled the latest stable version.

    Nothing works. The Opera window shows up, I can quickly open the menu if I want, but after a couple of seconds, the program just hangs forever. I can only force-quit it.
    I should point out that uninstalling gave me an Opera error. Installing doesn't work either -- the progress bar quickly reaches 100%, and then it never does anything else. I can click the X button in the title bar to quit the install process, but I can never install properly.

    I don't think it's a PC problem... I've got 3 antiviruses running at the same time (well, I'm paranoid), and I don't have problems running other programs. I noticed my Java update from yesterday never completed either, but I can't re-test it either because I've since restarted my PC and can't find the Java updater exe.

    I guess I could use Chrome + Sidewise as it's close enough to Opera + Sidewise, but there still is the lazy tab loading problem (power user here), so... Please help, I feel like I might have missed some easy explanation. :-/

  • We are having a similar issue at work.

    Opera stopped working - have uninstalled and tried to reinstall but to no avail. Very frustrating.

    Has a "fix" been found yet?

  • Hi,
    ...
    I don't think it's a PC problem... I've got 3 antiviruses running at the same time (well, I'm paranoid), and I don't have problems running other programs. ...

    Uhmm... perhaps you can get away with 3 anti-MALWARE programs running at the same time (depending on their nature), but running 3 anti-VIRUS programs at the same time isn't paranoid, it's pleading and begging for instability troubles. So perhaps you miss-wrote?

  • I've got 3 antiviruses running at the same time

    You know it can cause issues and tends to decrease your security instead of rise it, right?

    First try to disable at least two of those antivirus and run Opera to see if anything changes. If the case, also try run Opera with a clean profile folder.

  • Has this been happening recently for you too..?
    I never had any problems before; Opera has in fact been more stable than any other browser for me in the last 12 months.
    That's why I'm so upset... As of now, I've lost all of my data stored in Opera... :( I could only recover my tab list in a JSON-formatted list through a SQLite file in the local storage folder (Sidewise extension), that's better than nothing, but still...

  • Has this been happening recently for you too..?
    I

    Nope, not here.

  • My browser has crashed several times in the past two days! Not sure what is causing it to crash? I clean history and run scan for and threats, and not comes up, could it be a certain site?

  • My browser has crashed several times in the past two days! Not sure what is causing it to crash? I clean history and run scan for and threats, and not comes up, could it be a certain site?

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  • leocg, I didn't see your first post... You must have made it while I was posting mine ;) The question was for kazd.

    No, my 3 antiviruses aren't a problem. I didn't mention them because I'm a noob, but because I felt someone would ask me to run my PC for viruses. I know my stuff, don't worry, and I know how to configure them to add security onto each other, rather than get in the way of others working their magic. I was usually happy with Avast, but one day it didn't catch a virus that Panda caught, thankfully it wasn't a bad one, so I simply decided to have them both running at the same time (only when writing new executable files, so they don't use a lot of resources either.) There's also Microsoft's thingy in the background, it catches a lot more false alarms than the rest but being paranoid, I'm keeping it around for now, but I'll probably disable it at some point.

    Not that it matters to this topic, but I wrote myself an antivirus back in 1991. Wasn't much of a feat back then, since all viruses were just hooking their code into the bootsector, so it'd be easy to just find and disassemble their code, analyze what it did, and determine if they should be neutered and replaced with a self-replicating bootsector antivirus. That was cool, and I had a 100% success rate with it. Sadly, it never became well known to the general audience. Sort of like the Opera of antiviruses :P

    BTW, the Java update was marked as installed in my program control panel, so I'm guessing this one issue is solved, but Opera still won't run without freezing. I let it 'freeze' in the background last night just to make sure it wasn't just a long operation being stalled, and sure thing, this morning it was still frozen.

    I think I'll give up on it for now... -_- And either switch to Chrome or Vivaldi, I'm not sure yet. (Vivaldi has vertical tabs in the box, which is nice, but it's pathetic compared to the Sidewise extension in terms of feature set. Everything in the UI generally feels so amateurish...)

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