Cubase crashing on startup

Recently my Cubase 11 Pro started crashing when loading plugins. When the application is starting I can see that the wrong VST 2.x plugins are being initialized (not actual VST plugins), for example, it starts to load something from my VPN application, antivirus or my other DAW application. As it starts doing that, it crashes. The only way to start Cubase is in safe mode without any third party plugins. This all started happening after I attempted to install my VST instrument. Reinstalling the app didn’t resolve the issue.

Hi and welcome on the forum,

I would recommend to start Cubase in Cubase Safe Start Mode and Disable preferences. If this works, I would recommend to delete the preferences after.

It seems, you set Cubase to scan some system folder(s) for the VST2 files. Unfortunately VST2 was *.dll extension, so Cubase is scanning lots of DLL libraries then.