Cubase 12 Pro hanging on initializing ARA Service scanning plugins

Out of the blue tonight Cubase 12 Pro hanging on initializing ARA Service scanning plugins. I have not had any problems until tonight and have not added any plugins for some time now. I did not see anyone else with this particular issue.
Any ideas?
Using Windows 10, Allen and Heath GSR-24m console,

This is happening on all versions back to Cubase Pro 10. Always hanging on the initializing ARA Service.

Hi,

Make sure, your ARA plug-ins are up to date, please.