You get messages about something called “Easy Anti-Cheat” that you don’t remember if you have installed. What does it do? Why is it on your computer? Is it a virus? If you are looking for peace and quiet, you have come to the right place.
What is Easy Anti-Cheat?
Online gaming is huge these days, but the fun is often spoiled by players who cheat. It is common for these cheaters to buy software that alters or otherwise interferes with a game, giving someone an unfair advantage.
Easy Anti Cheat is a product that runs in the background, looks out for this type of cheating software and prevents players who use it from participating in the game.
Easy Anti-Cheat is a very advanced piece of software developed by a company called Kamu. For obvious reasons, they don’t reveal exactly how the software works, but you can think of it as some sort of anti-malware system specifically for games.
If you attempt to tamper with it or use software to attempt to cheat in a particular game, Easy Anti-Cheat may permanently ban you from playing online in that particular game.
Is Easy Anti-Cheat Safe?
Yes, Easy Anti-Cheat is a legitimate program used by many game developers to protect the integrity of their online games. It is supposed to run at the same time as the game using it.
Due to the way Easy Anti-Cheat works, some antivirus software may mistakenly identify it as a virus. However, this is unlikely to happen given the fame of Easy Anti-Cheat. So it should be whitelisted by default in your antivirus software.
Finding the location of Easy Anti-Cheat
Easy Anti-Cheat is not installed in any particular location on your computer. Instead, every game that uses the software will install its copy. This is usually located in the game’s folder structure.
If you want to remove Easy Anti-Cheat from your computer, you must also remove any game that uses it. When the last game is uninstalled, the software is gone from your system. In some cases, a game will ask if you want to install Easy Anti-Cheat when you install it. If you opt out, you probably won’t be able to play that game online with servers that require the service.
If you want to remove Easy Anti-Cheat manually, you can look in the game folder for “EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe”. Run it and you will be given the option to uninstall or fix the service.
Checking the legitimacy of Easy Anti-Cheat
Our investigation did not point to a record of malware attempting to impersonate Easy Anti-Cheat. However, if you task managementthe service should be called “EasyAntiCheat Service”.
The service is also only allowed to run while the game using it is also running. This is because a service with that name running at other times may be suspicious and you may want to run a deep scan with your preferred antimalware package.
What games come with Easy Anti-Cheat?
Multiplayer games widely use Easy Anti-Cheat. This one list on the site is not complete, so other games may use the software. Notable titles include Apex Legends, Black Desert Online, Dead by Daylight, Halo Master Chief Collection, and Fortnite Battle Royale† So if you have one of these games or the one from the official list then you have Easy Anti-Cheat there too.
Fix simple anti-cheat errors
When Easy Anti-Cheat works as intended, you never know it’s there. However, no software is perfect and you may encounter various errors associated with it. Here are the most common problems with their solutions.
Windows or the game needs an update
Easy Anti-Cheat relies on certain system files to work and the version of Easy Anti-Cheat that a particular game is using may require newer versions of those files. Alternatively, the game itself may need an update for similar reasons.
Easy add anti-cheat to virus exceptions
If you’re using an antivirus package that doesn’t make an exception for Easy Anti-Cheat, add it manually. Refer to your software manual for specific instructions. The developer maintains a list of: antivirus compatibility if you want to check whether Easy Anti-Cheat works with an antivirus program.
Check your connection with Easy Anti-Cheat
For the software to work, it must be connected to the home server. Easy Anti-Cheat has made this easy by providing two URLs that tell you if your connection is working:
In either case, visiting these sites with your browser should result in the message “200 – HTTP OK”. If not, you must change your Internet connection or Internet settings (such as the firewall) to make sure everything is configured correctly.
Restart your PC or close other applications
Due to the way Easy Anti-Cheat works, other applications on your computer may interfere with the program. This can lead to you being blocked or kicked for online games. Restart your computer and close programs that don’t need to be running to see if this fixes the problem.
The last tip: don’t cheat!
Easy Anti-Cheat is perfectly safe for your computer, but it’s not that safe if you want to cheat at online video games. If you use specialized cheat software it may work for a while, but once Anti-Cheat is updated, running that software at the same time as the game may result in a permanent ban.
If you’ve been banned from playing for cheating, in most cases you won’t be eligible for a refund either. So it can become an expensive mistake. Better to just play fair and have fun the right way.