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Opera not connecting to any site.

  • Firewall off does nothing. Opera cannot connect to website with or without VPN. No sites at all. I'm at a loss.

  • I have the same problem. Opera can not load in VPN mode all pages

    I guess this topic is not about problems with the VPN.

  • Sorry - quick question: when you say 'firewall off does nothing', are you referring to having completely turned off / disabled the Windows 7 Firewall (or are you referring to a router or other firewall)?

    If the Win 7 Firewall and turning it off completely doesn't help, then this suggestion may be a waste of time (depending on your firewall settings) ... but just for completeness' sake maybe try deleting the firewall rule - perhaps there's a weird glitch in there somewhere.

  • Windows 7 Firewall is disabled. Public and Private network.

  • Does the problem happens with a standalone installation of Opera?

  • I'm not sure what you mean by a "stand alone" installation of Opera. I went to "opera.com" and downloaded "OperaSetup.exe" (for Windows) which I thought was a stand alone program. It runs and allows me to change any of the settings but won't successfully navigate to any website.

  • I'm not sure what you mean by a "stand alone" installation of Opera

    Run Opera's installer, click on options, rename the destination path and change the 'install for' field to 'stand-alone/usb'.

    The start Opera from that folder and check if the problem also happens.

  • leocg, It installed it on a USB drive. I ran a file called "Launcher" from the USB drive. No changes, it allows interaction within the browser but still does not go to any websites.

  • leocg, It installed it on a USB drive. I ran a file called "Launcher" from the USB drive. No changes, it allows interaction within the browser but still does not go to any websites.

    It seems that something is blocking Opera's access to the Internet.

  • What about trying uninstalling Opera, rebooting, then turning everything that might conceivably act as a firewall off (antivirus, 3rd party system monitoring utilities, etc) before re-installing Opera? Shouldn't need to have them turned off for very long in order to install and test Opera.

  • Uninstalled Opera, rebooted a couple of times, turned off antivirus, firewall, System Mechanic Pro, redownloaded Opera from Opera.com, reinstalled and have the same results. It just spins its wheels and goes nowhere. Any site I try to go to results in the display "This site can’t be reached"

  • It would be worth checking if your installation of Opera can open local files even.
    Annoyingly, Opera now doesn't seem to have any way of opening local files directly from its menus.
    However, if you have any html files saved anywhere on your machine, you should be able to find them in Windows Explorer and right click and select "open with" and open them in Opera.
    See if that works.
    If you have no html files already, open a web page in one of the other browsers and save the page as an html file to the desktop and use that.
    πŸ™‚

  • Went to a page at random in Firefox. Clicked on "file" clicked on "save page as". File name: left as is. Save as type: Web Page, HTML only. Saved it to Desktop. Right clicked and choose Open With and then clicked on Opera Internet Browser and got nothing. Same response as before just spinning and spinning.

  • OK, well I think that proves that it's nothing to do with your internet connection, which is a relief really as that would have been pretty inexplicable as all the other browsers are working!
    It looks as if your installation of Opera is just not working at all for some reason, even to open local files.
    If as you say a new clean standalone installation of Opera in a different folder shows exactly the same behaviour, frankly I'm at a loss.
    It can only be that something else running on your machine is stopping Opera from working.
    Can you try booting into Safe Mode so you have a bare minimum of things running and drivers loaded, and then see if you can open the local file in Opera then? I can't think of any obvious reason why Opera wouldn't run in Safe Mode as it's pretty self-contained.
    πŸ™‚

  • Just a line of thought... What version of System Mechanic Pro are you using and for how long? That program makes very extensive changes to drives, files, the registry, and OS settings on a system, including removing various files (DLLs, etc) which it alone deems unnecessary. Moreover, its changes are cumulative - that is, they are performed repeatedly over time, depending on which of its features one uses and how often. In the case of removed files and altered OS settings, even if System Mechanic Pro is shut down or even uninstalled, the changes it's made still remain on the system. This can lead to all kinds of eventual issues involving improper operation of the Windows Installer/Uninstaller, erratic installed program operation, conflicts with alternate system security tools, conflicts with Windows Updates, and difficulties with Internet connections. Older versions of the program were perhaps more notable for causing user issues, and Iolo's support is still not really noted for being the most helpful among software makers.

    Consequently, there are those who swear by System Mechanic and those who swear at System Mechanic. In the case of those who have been frustrated and alienated by the software, in many of their situations only a complete Windows reinstall (without System Mechanic) has resolved their issues.

    My own viewpoint, which has changed 180 degrees over the years because of harsh experience, is that the use of such broad 'mechanic/tweaking' programs risks causing far more problems than justified by the relatively marginal improvements in mostly obscure performance areas that are offered. Unless one has a great deal of technical proficiency in software, especially OS's, the weird problems so often caused by these kinds of software are nearly impossible to resolve without performing a full reinstall/reset of the system. Perhaps System Mechanic is not at all involved here, but that's not how I'd ever place my bet... In your case, you may be faced with either living with the situation or a full system reinstall.

  • I recently downloaded update to Opera 4.0. Since then I've started having problems. First it started with problems searching. I keep getting a message "the website not responding' or "the website responding too slow". Sometimes the Internet stops altogether. Then it starts up again then slows down again. I have also experienced stacking of different pages a few times. I have an excellent anti-virus program, 2 great anti-spyware, an anti-exploit, and an ad-blocker. I also have 2 other programs to warn me if anyone is trying to load files on to my computer without my permission. All the software is up-to-date and are compatible with each other. There's no problems with the Internet in my area, and no problems with my provider. My other web browsers are working fine -- I have 3 others. Another words, the problem must be with Opera 4.0. I contacted Opera and I'm awaiting their response.

  • I have an excellent anti-virus program, 2 great anti-spyware, an anti-exploit, and an ad-blocker. I also have 2 other programs to warn me if anyone is trying to load files on to my computer without my permission.

    All of them may be the cause of your problem.

    I contacted Opera and I'm awaiting their response.

    Contacted how? Opera doesn't provide individual support.

  • I tried rebooting in safe mode as was suggested but when I did the system became unstable. It would not boot into safe mode and eventually crashed completely. I had to do a operating system repair and then recover my computer to its original setup from the manufacturer. I then reinstalled my backup from a few weeks ago and everything seems to be working better. I have not tried to run safe mode again (scared). I probably am going to just give up on Opera and maybe try again later. I am grateful for the help offered. I appreciate the post from blackbird71 as I had not heard of the difficulties people have had from System Mechanic Pro. I am using the most recent version and was about to update to the latest new version. I will investigate other possibilities now, thanks for the input.

  • I tried rebooting in safe mode as was suggested but when I did the system became unstable. It would not boot into safe mode and eventually crashed completely.

    It's probably a sign that something is wrong with your computer and/or OS installation.

  • There are different points of view about using system 'tune-up' or tweaking software, of which System Mechanic is just one example. I've come around to believe that the point of view of 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it' is the safest approach in terms of preserving a system's safety and security. There are many tweaking programs that promise to speed up, clean up, or otherwise improve and maintain system performance on a computer. They generally try to do that by changing OS internal settings in the registry, removing certain programs from drives, and so on. In so doing, they have very powerful influence over how the system may operate, and they can cause major problems if they or the user have made even one poor choice in whatever is being altered or removed.

    Often, bad results only show up later when some function seems to 'break' or starts to fail. Moreover, I've found that the use of generalized tweaking tools tend to cause a cumulative increase in fragility of an OS over time. As the changes made by the tool accumulate, the system tends to become less and less robust in its ability to withstand other issues that might and do arise. For example, when item A is tweaked to achieve something, item B must also often be tweaked to compensate for the side-effects of the item A adjustment. At some point, enough settings become perturbed that the system is rendered less stable or sufficiently non-standard that things eventually start to break, often in surprising ways. Because all this goes on in the bowels of the OS, it's usually invisible until something unpleasant suddenly starts happening. Because the changes made by the tweaking tool are invisible, all too often, reinstalling the OS is the only way out of the maze of compounded tweaks that have finally let to a major system problem.

    As @leocg notes, system hardware (especially drives or RAM) can also begin failing, and normal wear and tear on an OS and its software modules (OS updates, power-fails with files open, etc) can create problems similar to what you experienced. However, I would personally think long and hard about whether or not to re-apply a tweaking tool like System Mechanic and whether any of its performance gains you've actually experienced in the past are worth the added risks to system stability.

    By the way, safe mode is simply the OS loading itself without external drivers and with bare-bones default settings. If it's causing problems, it indicates the OS files themselves are messed up. That can be the result of either hardware problems, corrupted OS files, or an over-aggressive tweaking tool that's finally fouled things up.

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