Opera Crashes – Causes & Resolution

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Opera, one of the speediest web browsers, is known for its rich features and secure browsing sessions. This browser, which has a built-in ad blocker, might occasionally crash. If you’re wondering what results in Opera crashes, you have come to the right place.

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Update Device Drivers

In most of the cases reported, this issue was caused due to outdated device drivers – software that facilitate communication between your operating system and hardware. Update the device drivers using the Free Wise Driver Care. Restart your computer after successful completion.

Disable JavaScripts

Modern web browsers use the JavaScript on the client, server-side applications. This scripting language, having similarity with Microsoft Visual Basic, are commonly used for applications with a shorter code. Opera crash occurs when one or more JavaScripts stop responding.

1. Click Menu on the upper left corner of your screen.

Menu-Icon-in-Opera

2. Select the Settings.

Settings

3. Click the Websites tab.

Websites-Tab

4. Select the option labeled Do not allow any site to run JavaScript under the JavaScript category.

Do-not-allow-sites-to-run-JavaScript

Delete Browsing History & Records

Flush the past searches, the list of web pages visited, downloads history, cache, cookies, and other user activity. Opera crashes potentially results from a corrupt web cache, a type of temporary storage.

1. Click Menu.

2. Point to More tools, select Clear browsing data.

Clear-Browsing-Data

3. Choose the beginning of time option from the drop-down box.

4. Check-up all the following boxes:

  • Browsing history
  • Download history
  • Cookies and other site data
  • Cached images and files
  • Passwords
  • Autofill form data
  • Third party services data

5. Click Clear Browsing Data.

Clear-Browsing-Data-Confirmation

Disable Plugins

Your Opera browser uses plugins to show interactive content. When a particular module or subsystem fails to function, it results in Opera crashes.

1. Click Menu.

2. Point to Extensions, select Manage Extensions.

Manage-Extensions

3. Click on Enabled.

Enabled

4. Only enabled extensions are visible on your screen.

5. One by one turn off all the unwanted extensions.

Disabling-an-Extension

6. Close and re-open the browser.

Close

Restore Default Theme

A browser theme is a skin that changes the look and feel of a browser. If you’ve recently changed the theme, it might be the culprit. Revert the original theme.

1. Open Opera Settings page.

2. Type Theme in the Search Box on top.

Theme

3. Set the default theme using the slider.

Theme-Selection

Download Browser Updates

An update is a piece of software that typically contains fixes for commonly found problems. Updating your browser may help.

1. Click Menu.

2. Select About Opera.

About-Opera

3. The update checkup and download will start automatically.

Empty Cache Contents

In a computing context, the cache is a temporary location where Windows stores most frequently used files. Opera stores most frequently accessed websites in a separate cache.

1. Click the File Explorer icon on Taskbar.

File-Explorer

2. Open the following directory:

  • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable

3. Delete contents of Cache and Media Cache subfolders.

Opera-Stable-Folder-Contents

Disable Usage of Flash

Flash is useful for vector graphics-based animation. Try disabling usage of Flash as follows:

1. Open the Opera Settings page.

2. Click the Websites tab.

3. Select Block sites from running Flash under the Flash category.

Block-Sites-from-Running-Flash

Set Default Language

There may be a problem with the language packs. Set the default language to English and none else.

1. Open the Opera Settings page.

2. Click the Browser tab.

Browser-Tab

3. Select English (United States) from the Languages drop-down box.

Language

Run Opera in Compatibility Tab

If Opera does not function correctly, you may try the Compatibility Mode, a feature that detects and troubleshoots old software on a newer version of Windows.

1. Right-click Opera icon on your Desktop.

Opera-Icon-on-Desktop

2. Select Properties.

Properties

3. Click the Compatibility tab.

Compatibility-Tab

4. Check-up Run this program in compatibility mode box.

5. Select an earlier Windows version.

Compatibility-Mode-Selection

6. Click Apply | OK.

Apply-OK

Download Operating System Updates

Operating system updates are patches that troubleshoot bugs and other potential problems. Microsoft encourages users to obtain new updates on regular basis.

1. Click Start, and then Settings.

Settings-Icon

2. Click Update & Security.

Update-and-Security-Icon-in-Settings-Window

3. Click the Windows Update tab.

4. Click Check for Updates.

Check-for-Updates

Turn Off Hardware Acceleration

Hardware Acceleration forces your hardware to perform faster than usual. Try disabling this feature to fix Opera crashes.

1. Exit Opera.

2. Press Windows Key + R.

3. Type AppData

AppData

4. Press ENTER.

5. Open the following directory:

  • ..\Opera\Opera x64\

6. Right-click OperaPrefs.ini, select Open with | Notepad.

7. Click Edit | Find.

8. Type Hardware Acceleration in the Find what text box.

9. Click Find next.

10. Set the following:

  • Enable Hardware Acceleration=0

11. Click File | Save.

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