I'm using Bitdefender Free Antivirus, as mentioned in my OP.
the vpn isn't connecting again. beginning to believe it is on opera's end and not on the endusers computer. i have the stable, beta, and developer versions in and yesterday the vpn in all 3 was working perfectly. now this morning in all 3 the vpn sits there saying connecting and never connects.
it has nothing to do with your av program. if opera is allowed online so is the vpn cause it's part of opera. now with that said i'm running bitdefender total security 2018. i have paranoid mode on under the firewall so i will be asked the first time something wants to go online, and i can tell you everything to do with opera is allowed.
just decided to test again before hitting submit for this post and now they're connected. something up on the server end.
Mine isn't connecting until I turn off protection. When I turn on it works, but then when I exit Opera and start it again, the VPN is not working. I think I will reinstall Opera again and see if that will solve my issue.