Fix: Hell Let Loose Easy Anti Cheat Error

Black Matter Pty Ltd and Team17 have done a great job by launching Hell Let Loose in 2019 as one of the extreme WWII first-person shooter multiplayer video games that have received positive reviews on Steam for the PC version. Due to the multiplayer tactical gameplay, players are enjoying the title so much. However, while launching the Hell Let Loose game on the PC, the Easy Anti Cheat Error is troubling a lot of players unexpectedly.

Now, if you’re also facing the same issue, don’t worry because it’s one of the common problems among the EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat) system integrated video games on the PC platform. According to the reports on Steam Community, unfortunate Hell Let Loose players cannot launch the game on the PC because the EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat) system refuses to initiate the security checkup. It’s worth mentioning that this error also appears on other games.

Fix: Hell Let Loose Easy Anti Cheat Error

Fix: Hell Let Loose Easy Anti Cheat Error

If we talk about the specific error message, some players are getting the “HLL-Win64-Shipping.exe – Application Error, Untrusted system file (C:\Windows\System32\normaliz.dll (Easy Anti Cheat)” notice while trying to launch Hell Let Loose. As we’ve mentioned above, the Easy Anti Cheat (EAC) system integrates with selected video games to prevent online hacking or cheating in multiplayer mode. But somehow the EAC files become missing.

Sometimes EAC system files may get corrupted due to unexpected reasons. Whereas issues with corrupted or missing game files, an outdated game version, issues with the antivirus software blocking, and so on. So, if the EAC system fails to initialize while launching the game or somehow detects that there is a potential issue with the hacking/cheating then EAC won’t allow the game to start whatsoever. Well, if you’re also getting the same issue, don’t worry.

Here we’ve shared a couple of possible workarounds for you that should come in handy. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get in.

1. Repair Easy Anti Cheat

First, we’ll highly recommend you repair the Easy Anti Cheat (EAC) service on your Windows PC before heading over to another conclusion. Sometimes repairing the service might gonna resolve the issue easily. To do so:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library.
  • Now, right-click on Hell Let Loose from the list of installed games.
  • You’ll have to click on the Local Files tab.
  • Next, select EasyAntiCheat > Run EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe file as an administrator by right-clicking on it.
    • If prompted by UAC, click on Yes to allow it to run as an admin.
  • Then, click on Repair > Wait for the process to complete.
  • Once done, restart your PC to change effects, and try running the Hell Let Loose game again to check for the issue.

2. Enable EasyAntiCheat Service

It’s worth recommending enabling the EAC service on your Windows PC by following the steps below. Sometimes the service might get disabled or stopped for unexpected reasons without your knowledge. So, you should ensure whether the EAC service is actually running in the background or not. To do so:

  • Press the Windows + R keys to open up the Run dialog box.
  • Make sure to type services.msc and hit Enter to open Services.
  • Now, search for the Easy AntiCheat service > Keep the Startup type as Manual. [If not, then you’ll need to right-click on the Easy Anti Cheat]
  • Click on Properties > Set the Startup type to Manual.
  • Finally, restart your computer, and try running the Hell Let Loose game again.

3. Reinstall Easy Anti Cheat

If you’re still receiving the Hell Let Loose Easy Anti Cheat Failed to Initialize Launch Error, then uninstalling and re-installing the EAC service on the PC might resolve such an issue. To do this:

  • Open File Explorer on the Windows PC > Go to the installed location of Hell Let Loose.
  • Now, look for the Easy AntiCheat installer file (EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe).
  • Right-click on the easyanticheat_eos_setup.exe file and click on Run as Administrator from the context menu.
  • If UAC (User Account Control) is prompted, click Yes to grant admin access.
  • To run the game in EAC-enabled mode, you’ll need to do the same steps for the start_protected_game.exe file.
  • Once the Easy AntiCheat engine has been re-installed, reboot your computer to check for the issue.

4. Verify and Repair Game Files

If in case, there is an issue with the game files and somehow it gets corrupted or missing on the PC then you may encounter multiple issues with the game launching or its services. Make sure to verify and repair the game files by following the steps below to get back on track.

  • Launch the Steam client > Click on Library.
  • Right-click on Hell Let Loose from the list of installed games.
  • Now, click on Properties > Go to Local Files.
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • You’ll have to wait for the process until it gets completed.
  • Once done, just restart your computer.

5. Disable Steam Overlay

Well, it’s quite obvious for players to use Steam overlay for some additional features or customizations. However, it’s recommended to disable the Steam overlay option while playing the game to check for the issue again.

  • Open your Steam client > Go to the Steam menu from the top left corner.
  • Click on Settings > Go to the In-game overlay option.
  • Now, uncheck Enable Steam Overlay to disable it.
  • Once done, restart your Steam client to apply changes.

6. Update Hell Let Loose

Sometimes an outdated game version may trigger bugs or stability issues whatsoever. If you haven’t updated your Hell Let Loose game for a while,, then follow the steps below to check for updates and install the latest patch (if available). To do this:

  • Open the Steam client > Go to Library > Click on Hell Let Loose from the left pane.
  • It’ll automatically search for the available update. If there is an update available, make sure to click on Update.
  • It may take some time to install the update > Once done, make sure to close the Steam client.
  • Finally, reboot your PC to apply changes, and then try launching the game again.

7. Update Windows

The chances are also high that somehow your Windows OS becomes outdated or has some issues with the stability. In that scenario, you’ll face issues with launching or running the game properly. Check the Windows update and install it to the latest version.

  • Click on the Windows Start menu > Click on Settings.
  • Go to Update & Security > Click on Check for updates.
  • If there is a new update available, make sure to click on Download and Install. [If the update is already downloaded and ready to install, simply reboot]
  • Once done, restart your PC to apply changes.

8. Try Clearing Steam Download Cache

You should also try clearing the Steam download cache from the client to resolve download-related issues or glitches. To do this:

  • Open the Steam launcher > Click on the Steam tab from the top-left corner.
  • Now, click on Settings > Go to the Downloads section.
  • Click on Clear Download Cache > If prompted, click on OK to confirm the action.
  • Finally, click on OK to save changes and restart the Steam client.

9. Add EAC to Whitelist

Sometimes adding the EAC service executable file to the antivirus whitelist can also fix multiple issues whatsoever.

  • Go to Windows Settings > Click on Privacy & Security > Click on Windows Security.
  • Click on Virus & threat protection > Click on Manage Ransomware Protection.
  • Turn ON the Controlled Folder Access toggle (if prompted by UAC, click on Yes).
  • Click on Allow an app through controlled folder access (If prompted by UAC, click on Yes).
  • Next, click on Add an allowed app > Go to the installed EAC directory.
  • You’ll need to select the EAC application > Click on Open to add it.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot the PC to apply changes.

10. Change Steam Profile Name

If none of the methods worked for you then you can try changing the Steam profile name to a new one to check for the issue and whether it’s still bothering you or not. Some affected players have tried this specific method and found it useful enough. To do that:

  • Open the Steam client > Head over to your Steam Username (profile) section at the top right side.
  • You should locate the Change Profile Name… option and click on it.
  • Try changing it to a new display name. [You might receive a dialog box for the same]
  • Just proceed and you’re good to go.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.

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