As of yesterday, the OpenLayers plugin stopped working - as in I could no longer get google, bing or any other background maps. Then in the process of checking and reinstalling the OpenLayers plugin, I found that I could no longer access the QGIS Official Plugin Repository.

I'm on a win64 QGIS 2.18 system.

Is this my local system issue or is there some sort of problem with the QGIS and or OpenLayers systems? Any ideas on how I can resolve either problem?

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    Have you considered using the QuickMapServices plugin instead? This also offers basemaps :) – Joseph Jul 4 '17 at 9:44
  • if this is a machine at work, could it be a proxy has been installed? that might explain why you can't access the plugins repo. see this question – Steven Kay Jul 4 '17 at 19:36
  • This is a home office PC so not behind a proxy. – Suitangi Jul 5 '17 at 0:30

Not sure if this is the correct answer because I have not had this issue in the past with basically the same systems and settings in place but the problems seem to be resolved. I use BitDefender antivirus and ransomware protection. Bitdefender was picking up some of the file changes QGIS was making and was blocking the program. I changed the settings to trust QGIS in Bitdefender and it all seems to be working now.

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