What could be popping up "where is Vivaldi" regularly?

I’ve suddenly started noticing a weird behavior on two of my Macs: they regularly pop up the “Choose Application” window that gets triggered when an automation tries to interact with an app that it can’t find. In this case, they’re looking for Vivaldi or Brave:

I have never installed or used Vivaldi or Brave on either machine, and I’m at a loss for what might be causing this. I’m curious if anyone has seen anything similar or has any ideas.

One thing these two Macs have in common is a synced Alfred configuration. There haven’t been any intentional configuration changes recently, and I’m not aware of any workflows which would obviously cause this, but that’s the only lead that sprang to mind.

This is way out of my expertise, but could it be the automation itself?

That looks to me like a hard-wired application link in whatever automation actions you’re trying to use in Alfred. Unfortunately I don’t use Alfred these days, so can’t advise on how to edit the automation to use your default browser.

I know it wasn’t the goal of your post, but I’ve been trying out the Vivaldi browser and it’s really cool! Thanks for inadvertently bringing it to my attention.

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To be clear, this isn’t something triggered when I explicitly fire an automation — it happens spontaneously in the background, often when I’m away from the computer. I’m just at a loss for what common tools one might have installed that are probing for different browsers all the time. Alfred was just a guess, since many things in Alfred use Apple Events / AppleScript, which triggers this prompt when attempting to communicate with an app that it can’t find. But it seems totally divorced from any explicit action on my part.

This might help.

You can lock the Accessibility Inspector on the item under the mouse to examine its attributes, perform its actions, and access its parent and children (if any), by pressing Command-F7. When you do this, the Accessibility Inspector display pauses, allowing you to move the mouse without changing the object on which the tool is focused. In the main utility window, you can go to the object’s parent, children, or other related objects, such as the containing window or the top-level app (AXApplication ).

https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/Accessibility/Conceptual/AccessibilityMacOSX/OSXAXTestingApps.html