Accidentally uninstalled Vivaldi on my Mac when using CleanMyMac - is there any way to retrieve all my extension data?

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  • You simply need your profile folder back and then run it with the same version of Vivaldi you had before. Does CleanMyMac put the deleted files into the ordinary trash? If so I would check there first. The other option is to recover the profile folder from a backup of your system. I hope you do these regularly.

    But yeah, I would advice against the usage of such applications. They do more harm than good. Better to reinstall the OS on a regular basis (every 1 or 2 years) to get back to a good and clean working order, rather than relying on clunky third party tools.

  • @luetage Hey, thanks for your advice! The trash folder is empty. And tbh, this is just due to my own stupidity, CleanMyMac is actually excellent software - the only thing it did wrong was when i was updating vivaldi, it thought i wanted to uninstall it and just asked me and I clicked OK because I thought it was just going to send the old version to the trash and that's fine with me. But, it did the full uninstall. So totally my fault, haha. MacPaw's CleanMyMac runs very well, just wish it didn't ask me that. Unfortunately, I did not do a back up system recently - i usually manually save everything on my external, but not browser related stuff. I wonder if data recovery software would do the job?

  • UPDATE: I'm using Disk Drill to recover all deleted files from the last 24 hours. This is is what it shows. I'm not sure where the Vivaldi Profile Folder would be, but there is nothing that says "Vivaldi" or "Profile" in any of these directories. Any help is appreciated!

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    @sendsent The Profile folder is named "Default" if that helps any. I'm not at all familiar with the directory structure of OSX, but I do know that's what your "profile" folder is.

  • @sendsent Activate hidden and system files in this program. The profile folder is in your user folder /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Vivaldi/Default

    To put this back in place you have to access the user library on your current system. Google how to show the hidden Library folder, it's different between different versions of macOS. Or you can enable showing hidden files by default by using following terminal command

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true ; killall Finder

  • So, it now shows hidden folders and I found one file with "default" in it and after I got a new version of Disk Drill, I was able to actually recover it. However, the file is not anything I can really use. Here are the images to give you a better idea:

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    @sendsent I don't recognize that as resembling a Vivaldi file in any way. For one thing, even compressed, it should be close to 500 MB or so. Also - it's on your portable drive?

  • Yeah, when Disk Drill asked me where to store the recovery it advised not to put it on my computer, but a separate drive so that it doesn't overwrite some files?

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  • @ayespy i do see two dmg files that are like over 200 mbs. Could that be it? And even if it was that, what good is the dmg file? Don't I need to access the contents of the saved data from the extensions?

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    @sendsent I don't think you'll find a .dmg file in the Vivaldi user data directory. .dmg is usually an installer or disk image. On windows, at least, there is an installer about that size in the application directory (for rolling back to the prior version, I think) but that would not help you in this case, even if that's what it is.

  • @sendsent At this point I think you have to give up. I just now realized diskdrill is a recovery, not a backup tool. If you can't find out what cleanmymac does with deleted files, there is no point in trying a recovery.

    It is simply essential to make regular backups of your whole drive, either with the inbuilt time machine, applications like carbon copy cloner, or just with the dd command in terminal.

  • @luetage I think you're right about giving up. It's simply not worth the time anymore. If I think about it, it's about 2-3 months worth of resources in the form of links for computer science, political science and music. All the rest of my stuff was either in Firefox or Chrome they're now backed up. It's a good lesson to learn and it could have been worse. BTW, i did reach out to MacPaw for their advice on how to unravel CleanMyMac, but I think at this point it's not worth pursuing any leads unless it's something easy. I spent way too many hours yesterday dealing with this and fell behind in my work. And just realized thanks to you that Disk Drill is recovery and not going to help in this situation.

    Well, thank you to you and @Ayespy for chiming in and helping. The Vivaldi community is pretty cool. Looking forward to my fresh install, haha 🙂


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