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How to Fix Vanguard Anti-Cheat Error?

Talk about trending multiplayer video games making at the moment and you’d be sure to find Valorant on that list. Launching with its closed beta version in April 2020 with just a few weeks on, hackers have joined in the community of admirers for the game. However, developer Riot Games apparently had them in mind from the onset with the anti-cheat system, Vanguard, that comes with the game.

Certainly, Riot is confident in the efficacy of the Vanguard anti-cheat system as it has gone as far as promising hackers that are able to succeed at cracking it a whopping $100,000. Interesting, isn’t it?

However, it seems that the anti-cheat system, Vanguard is giving quite a number of Valorant players a tough time as many players are complaining that Vanguard keeps running into an error, frequently forcing players to relaunch the game in a bid to restore the anti-cheat system.

Now, one option that would readily come to mind is to uninstall the anti-cheat and continue playing without it but you surely must have realized that you cannot play the game with Vanguard uninstalled. So, that is not an option after all.

The way the Vanguard anti-cheat system works is that it is launched in the background on Windows startup. What this means is that even when Valorant is not launched, the anti-cheat software is running in the background, so in the event that you encounter the Vanguard anti-cheat error, what you should do is to restore the anti-cheat to its default service state and not to uninstall it.

The steps to fix vanguard anti-cheat error are pretty straightforward:

Steps to Fix Vanguard Anti-Cheat Error

  1. First, you should make sure that the Valorant application is closed on your system.
  2. Launch Task Manager and ensure that all background processes related to Valorant are stopped.
    fix vanguard anti cheat - task manager
  3. Next, launch the Windows Run application by either searching from the Windows Start Menu or simply using the shortcut “Windows key+r”.
  4. Type in “services.msc” in the Run application to launch the list of services running on your computer.
    run services manager
  5. In that list, locate the service named “vgc”, that’s the Vanguard anti-cheat service.
    vgc - vanguard anti cheat service
  6. Load the properties of the “vgc” service and change the startup type to “Automatic” in the general tab.
    edit vgc properties
  7. Apply the change and check for the service status. If it is set to “Stopped”, start it.
    fix vanguard anti cheat error by restarting vgc service

This should get the Vanguard anti-cheat system running again, but this time, in its default service state, without the error.

That’s it! You can go ahead to launch Valorant. It should run without the anti-cheat error surfacing anymore. But just in case it does again sometime later, all you’ll need to do is repeat the steps outlined above. This might seem strenuous and one would wonder why gamers are going through such hassles just for one game when there are many other stable games available to play, but keep in mind that the Valorant game is still in beta and the developers are always working hard to fix errors noticed so far, especially during times like the global pandemic.

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