No worries, just thought I'd check
OK, went through registry and disk directories, also used Auslogics Registry Cleaner ... No change.
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going through registry now. Noticed this on the way:
C:\Program Files\Windows Security\BrowserCore\manifest.json
not sure if related (Chrome not installed currently)
Sorry for the slow reply!
According to useragent v2.1.9:
rawUa: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/69.0.3497.100 Safari/537.36
device: Other 0.0.0
console when browsing addons.opera.com reports same
"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/69.0.3497.100 Safari/537.36"
Tested with and without VPN (privateinternetaccess) and with a new router - not bought because of this, just happened to upgrade
Thank you very much for the suggestions. Been through most of that already but never hurts to doublecheck, especially to confirm for troubleshooting.
Apologies for not including link in original post!
All settings seem OK as far as I can see, nothing unusual in Task Manager either, and nothing reported by malware scans (Kaspersky and Malwarebytes)
Firefox (installed and used before) and Chrome (after) are both unaffected.
Did regular uninstall and hunted down remnants. Used uninstall program (Revo Uninstaller) and hunted down remnants after it was done. No change.
Tried standalone installation and temp new windows account - no change. Used suggested arguments with launcher - no change.
I'm torn between, it's something right in front of my face and I'll say a bad word when I find it, and, meh, maybe I should just move to a new browser and try returning to Opera in the future (been using it on and off since it was a paid app, so I am somewhat attached)
Thanks again for the assistance.