[ubuntu] Problems Updating + Software Center Crash

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi, After opening the Ubuntu Software Center, the program freezes before getting past the initial loading screen, before crashing. Additionally, when attempting to run the Ubuntu updater, the updater returns this error: 'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/deb.opera.com_opera_dists_stable_non-free_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.' I investigated the specified location (var/lib/apt/lists/) and noticed that the file the error pertains to, as well as many of the other files, i (Hardware)