Opera browser not working / not responding [Full Fix]

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  • Opera is a great web browser as the program runs fast and usually without bugs or lags. But in rare cases, users reported Opera not responding problems on Windows 10.
  • The first step in fixing this problem is to make sure that you updated your Opera to the latest version.
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How to fix Opera browser not working not responding

If you are having problems with your Opera browser in Windows 10, then you should follow the guidelines below in order to troubleshoot your issues.

Opera is a great web browser as the program runs fast and usually without bugs or lags. But in rare cases, users reported Opera not responding problems on Windows 10.

In that matter, we have detailed this step by step guide, which will easily show you how to fix Opera not responding errors on Windows 10 based devices.

Opera not responding error message can cause many problems on your PC, and in this article, we’re going to cover the following topics:

  • Opera not working on Windows 10 – According to users, their Opera browser isn’t working properly on Windows 10. This can be a big problem, but hopefully this article will help you fix it.
  • Opera not loading pages – According to users, sometimes you might not be able to load pages in Opera due to this error. Users reported this error message while trying to visit certain websites, but you should be able to fix it using our solutions.
  • Opera keeps crashing, freezing – Issues such as crashing and freezing can appear in Opera, and if you have these problems, we advise you to try some of our solutions.

How can I fix Opera if it’s not responding?

  1. Install the latest version of Opera
  2. Disable your antivirus software and restart Windows Explorer
  3. Disable the problematic plugins
  4. Reinstall Opera
  5. Use –no-sandbox parameter
  6. Disable Adblock features

1. Install the latest version of Opera

  1. Open Opera and click the Menu button in the top left corner. Choose Update & Recovery from the menu.
    Opera update
  2. About tab will now appear and Opera will check for available updates. If updates are available, Opera will download and install them automatically.

Also, you should update the plugins used by Opera.

This process will also be performed automatically as you will be prompted when a new update is being available for your system. So, just agree with the prompt and flash all the official updates.

Many users reported that the issue was resolved after upgrading to the latest version of Opera, so be sure to do that.


2. Disable your antivirus software and restart Windows Explorer

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. List of available processes will now appear. Locate Windows Explorer, right-click it and choose Restart from the menu.
    Opera not loading pages restart opera

After doing that, you can enable your antivirus and you won’t have any problems with Opera.

Another cause for this issue might be your antivirus software, and if you’re having problems with your current antivirus, you might have to uninstall it and switch to different antivirus software.

Currently, the best antivirus tool on the market is Bullguard so we highly recommend trying it out.

This antivirus offers great protection and advanced security features protecting your system at all times.

It’s prepared with the latest technologies combining artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect malware even without downloading virus signatures.

This means that you get protection from threats that were not even created yet.

And it also comes with friendly and nice looking user interface so you don’t have to go into any rocket science to run it.

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Bullguard

Switch to BullGuard to stop your current antivirus from interfering with Opera!

3. Disable the problematic plugins

  1. Open Opera and in the top right corner click on Menu. Now choose Extensions > Extensions from the menu.
    Opera extensions
  2. List of all available extensions will now appear. Disable all extensions.

After doing that, check if the problem still appears. If not, you need to enable extensions one by one until you find the extension that is causing this problem.

Once you find the problematic extension you can remove it, update it or keep it disabled.


4. Reinstall Opera

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When the Settings app opens, go to Apps section.
    Opera keeps freezing settings apps
  3. List of installed applications will now appear. Select Opera and click on Uninstall button.
    Opera uninstall
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall Opera.

You can also uninstall Opera by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control. Select Control Panel from the list.
    Opera not loading pages control panel
  2. When Control Panel opens, select Programs and Features from the list.
    Opera keeps crashing programs and features
  3. List of all applications will now appear. Locate Opera on the list and double click it to remove it.
    Opera uninstal in control panel
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall Opera.

After you uninstall Opera, be sure to download and install the latest version and check if that solves the issue.


5. Use –no-sandbox parameter

  1. Locate the Opera shortcut, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
    Opera keeps crashing opera properties
  2. Now you need to locate Target field and add –no-sandbox after the quotes. Click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Opera not working on Windows 10 add no sandbox command to Opera shortcut

After making these changes, simply double click on Opera’s shortcut and the problem should be gone.

Keep in mind that using –no-sandbox parameter can be a security risk, so be sure not to use it as a permanent solution.


6. Disable Adblock features

  1. Click the Menu icon in the top left corner and choose Settings from the menu. You can also open the Settings tab quickly by pressing Alt + P shortcut.
    Opera Settings
  2. Now click on Basic in the menu on the left and in Block ads section uncheck Block ads option.
    Opera keeps freezing disable opera built-in adblocker

After doing that, the built-in Adblock feature should be disabled and the problem with Opera not responding message should be completely resolved.

Well, that’s how you can try to troubleshoot your Opera not responding problems in Windows 10.

If you know other solutions than the ones explained above, don’t hesitate and share your thoughts with us by using the comments area from below – of course, we will update this tutorial accordingly.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.