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Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google

  • So despite having automatic updates disabled Opera forced V68.0.3618.63 on me today, I have been avoiding this for good reason.

    It is sad enough that Opera has sold it's soul and got rid of the Opera I liked to replace it with a re-skinned Chrome/Brave browser, but the removal of anti-tracking options and not allowing users to completely remove Google from the product will, I believe, be the nail in the coffin for Opera.

    The VPN has been retained which would be good except Opera have made it so bloody obvious that many sites are disabling any VPN IP that is opera, if you look up any Opera VPN IP not only is there no subnet variety but the IP is actually listed as an ISP:Opera Mini Proxy, honestly how dumb could you be!

    https://whatismyipaddress.com/ip/77.111.247.60

    I gather that Firefox has a free VPN now so I am going to check that out, I am SO disappointed that Opera has done this, I do not have adequate words.

    I have gone through the settings and turned off the speedbar shite, I have also set DuckDuckGo as my preferred search engine so why is Google still showing where there speed dial was?

    How do I remove search from address bar at the top?

    I want it just for URL's if I screw up I want an error not for it to be used as a search option

    How to I remove Google (or others) from the potential list of search providers?

    I do not want anything Google, I do not mind hacking the registry if that is what I have to do to get rid of this although I really think Opera should be allowing me to rip it out like Firefox does. I plan to ask EU to enforce this, it is not enough to be able to choose another, we should have option and right to remove it, Opera is now after all a Google Chrome re-skin

    Oh one last thing, which idiot designed this forum software and thinks that users want a 3 line letterbox to write text into when there is a whole bloody screen of space (filled with shite I do not need or want to see when I am creating a post.

  • @fckopera said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    I have gone through the settings and turned off the speedbar shite, I have also set DuckDuckGo as my preferred search engine so why is Google still showing where there speed dial was?

    You could have spent the time doing a research. It's mentioned in the FAQ

  • @fckopera said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    How do I remove search from address bar at the top?

    You can't.

    How to I remove Google (or others) from the potential list of search providers?

    Not possible

  • @fckopera said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    Oh one last thing, which idiot designed this forum software and thinks that users want a 3 line letterbox to write text into when there is a whole bloody screen of space (filled with shite I do not need or want to see when I am creating a post.

    You can resize it.

    And if you call someone idiot again, you will be banned.

  • @leocg Someone seems to be on a power trip

    This is what happens on some forums

    Not a problem, I can always go to a thousand other forums and make comments freely without some power mad moderator making threats, the sites I will make those comments on will have much more authority that this forum, if I am in the mood I can make such comments using scrapbox which can post to 12m sites overnight.

    So if you carry out your threat consider how that helps the reputation of Opera if I post all over the web.

    I post here so that Opera change but if you can't take criticism not a problem, I will make it elsewhere.

    Francke

  • @leocg said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    @fckopera said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    I have gone through the settings and turned off the speedbar shite, I have also set DuckDuckGo as my preferred search engine so why is Google still showing where there speed dial was?

    You could have spent the time doing a research. It's mentioned in the FAQ

    That link does not take me to a solution, you could have spent the time being helpful and just provided the answer or point to a specific page than answers the question..

  • @fckopera It says that you can hide the search filed of start page in settings. So, if you want to hide it, opend the settings page and do it. Very simple.

  • @leocg I am sure it is possible, I will search for a registy hack. Thanks anyway

  • @leocg said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    @fckopera It says that you can hide the search filed of start page in settings. So, if you want to hide it, opend the settings page and do it. Very simple.

    Sorry "the search filed" what is that

    I did open the setting page but unless you point to a specific line I cannot know what you mean, there are hundreds of options in there.

    Very simple if you know it.

  • @fckopera It should be search field.

    That setting is in the Start Page section of the settings page

  • @leocg said in Has Opera Sold it's soul to Google:

    @fckopera It should be search field.

    That setting is in the Start Page section of the settings page

    What is the point of having a setting that says open a specific page if when I set it a page with GOOGLE opens not the page I chose.

    Open a specific page or set of pages
    DuckDuckGo — Privacy, simplified.
    https://start.duckduckgo.com/

    This is what I mean by Opera has sold it's soul.

  • @fckopera in fact the setting is Hide Search Box

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