Hey everyone, just wanted to share this experience in case it helps anyone.
I like many here would hit the dreaded “hang on close project” issue very often with Cubase, both 9.5 and recently 11. I noticed that it was reporting an issue communicating with the dongle as the Protected Object Server process would appear in Task manager during the crash.
However, since uninstalling iLok License Manager and my few iLok plugins, I have noticed that Cubase is now extremely rock solid. I have not had a single lock up when closing a project nor a crash at all.
I was previously mainly using iLok plugins by Relab Development, primarily their beautiful Sonsig-A reverb.
As such, I won’t be touching any more iLok plugins ever again as this has really helped my productivity and lowered my frustration factor