Corrupted collection file => perpetual error message

Hello! I get the following error when trying to start or quit anki. I have been struggling with a corruption issues all morning.

An error occurred. Please start Anki while holding down the shift key, which will temporarily disable the add-ons you have installed.
If the issue only occurs when add-ons are enabled, please use the Tools > Add-ons menu item to disable some add-ons and restart Anki, repeating until you discover the add-on that is causing the problem.
When you’ve discovered the add-on that is causing the problem, please report the issue to the add-on author.
Debug info:
Anki 2.1.54 (b6a7760c) Python 3.9.7 Qt 5.14.1 PyQt 5.14.1
Platform: Mac 11.2.3
Flags: frz=True ao=True sv=2
Add-ons, last update check: 2022-08-08 07:40:20

Caught exception:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “aqt.taskman”, line 122, in _on_closures_pending
File “aqt.taskman”, line 71, in
File “aqt.taskman”, line 90, in wrapped_done
File “aqt.sync”, line 104, in on_future_done
File “anki.dbproxy”, line 36, in begin
File “anki._backend”, line 90, in db_begin
File “anki._backend”, line 106, in _db_command
anki.errors.DBError: DbError { info: “SqliteFailure(Error { code: DatabaseCorrupt, extended_code: 11 }, Some("database disk image is malformed"))”, kind: Other }

Earlier, I was getting a message that my collection file was corrupt, and when i tried to close Anki the “back up” would be loading indefinitely and I had to force quit. Although now I cannot reproduce this error. I tried to switch profiles to restore from an automatic backup, but I get the error message posted above.

Really unsure what to do! I’m very not tech savvy. Thank you!

Did you try holding down shift while starting Anki as it suggests? Do you get the same message when switching to a new profile? Or only after you import the backup into the new profile?

Please let us know on your original post if you fix an issue in the future.