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Whatsapp and Facebook messenger keep activating themselves.

  • I have deactivated Whatsapp and Facebook messenger on the sidebar yet i keep getting messages, about 1 every two days to try them out or to turn on notifications or what have you. I then have to go into settings and disable them again.

    So far my digging through the settings has turned up no additional method for removing these two apps from the sidebar permanently and i gotta say, a feature that keeps trying to force itself on the user despite being purposefully turned off is a real dealbreaker for me. I was enjoying the Opera GX experience until these two apps started to butt in every now and again.

    I am using Windows 10.
    I was not able to find anything that said what version of the browser I have except for:
    "LVL2 (core: 68.0.3618.206)
    Opera is up to date"
    Under the "About Opera" page, which is where i find the version info on other browsers.

    If there was a way to remove those two apps from the side bar completely or an added functionality such as "Do no remind me again," that would be ideal. Or if there's a buried setting somewhere that i missed that would solve this would also be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  • I 100% agree with this. I started using opera yesterday and I turned off whatsapp specifically because I do not want the program anywhere near my computer. Then it pops back up on my sidebar today again. I switch it off AGAIN and I have spent the last 3 hours trying to find a solution that doesn't require me to download a third party software to remove this permanently. I can not find one.
    If I choose to not use a program then that choice should be respected. I do not want to have to reaffirm my choice every few days or as some keep suggesting to me on the forums, just ignore it.
    I do not want it, I chose to remove it.
    If you can not prevent from returning then I will find another browser, there are many to choose from. I may go back to firefox, it may be not as good but at least I could control my workspace better.

  • Yeah I went back to Firefox after no one replied to my post. In fact your reply reminded me to uninstall GX.

    Another problem GX had that I feel I should write down for anyone who cares is that it had a very hard time with Twitch. After a few minutes it'd begin to lag and skip frames. Makes me think it was a memory leak type problem as the only way to fix it would be to close GX completely and open it back up again.

    It's a real bummer that a browser being advertised as a "gaming browser" can't handle one of--if not THE biggest gaming platform. Maybe it's fixed by now, however, as it's been 2 months.

  • It started happening to me in normal Opera couple of weeks ago - before that messengers stayed disabled all the time and now Facebook keeps popping up every couple of days.

    Do you have Opera Sync enabled? I suspect it might be another example of Opera Sync feature being broken for years now. It keeps syncing and undeleting bookmarks, I removed, every now and then.

  • i am totally agree with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Excellent post and Excellent Explanation. Thanks.

  • 100% agree with this.

  • Come on, man!

    This is an ongoing issue that multiple users have reported and the other threads were closed with no answers.

    Facebook messenger popping up and even opening on launch after having been deselected multiple times is extremely intrusive. Have you forgotten why so many choose Opera?

    Well, hopefully you get this fixed before you lose more users. It's too late for me, I'm off to try Vivaldi and I probably won't ever be back. Shame!

  • @nibake I already gave up on Opera. The whole direction it is going since Chinese buyout is ridiculous. What a shame 😞

  • There's one radical move I did few years ago:

    Block Facebook pool of addresses in your firewall & router.

    [Fig. 1] My way to deal with FB:
    ssox_2127.png.png

    [Fig. 2] FB IPs:
    Opera Snapshot_2021-01-30_130715_10.10.115.60.png

  • Recent Firefox convert (for now) here.

    WhatsApp has appeared on my sidebar on multiple occasions despite my disabling it any any setting that seems possibly related to suggestions/promotions. If there isn't a way to stop this, this is absolutely a deal-breaker. I don't use Facebook or WhatsApp and I certainly don't want them in my sidebar.

  • Same here What's App appeared again on my sidebar hours after update.

    Please fix this Opera Team.