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Removing EasyAntiCheat on Windows

EasyAntiCheat, just like any client-side anti-cheat software, is cancer. It can spy on your whole computer, harvest any file, any stuff in your RAM (password manager much?), and you just shouldn’t install any game that comes with it.

Still, if you do, and if after that you uninstall said game, EasyAntiCheat will remain installed on your computer. Yes, even if you ran the EAC installer/uninstaller manually before removing the game. Namely, a couple of files will remain in C:\Program Files (x86)\EasyAntiCheat, as well as an EasyAntiCheat service.

So in order to get rid of it fully, you’ll have to do a couple of things manually:

  • delete that C:\Program Files (x86)\EasyAntiCheat folder
  • remove the EAC service, by running sc delete EasyAntiCheat in a command prompt (which must be ran as administrator)

There, I believe that’s all you need to clean up. But again, the best move is to not install it at all, if you can.

Posted in privacy, security, software.

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  1. Chris says

    I am unable to delete EasyAntiCheat.sys because its apparently “Running” even though I closed everything. Do you know how to fix this?

    • patheticcockroach says

      Hm, did you kill it in the Task Manager?
      Or you could also try stopping it via the Services management tool, or by typing this in a console: taskkill /F /IM EasyAntiCheat.exe

  2. Zoxs says

    It’s so annoying that it does not uninstall when you uninstall the game >:(

    • patheticcockroach says

      Compared to like 20 years ago, “programmers” nowadays mostly have no respect for the user’s machine… nor for their own machine actually. I know many of them who install shitloads of horrible development tools that crap everywhere on their computer, and it doesn’t seem to bother them the slightest. They don’t even *realize* that their development tools are crapping all around the place… Sad.

      I guess that’s why they call themselves “coders” now. They don’t program, they don’t grasp nor even care about the bigger picture. They just crap lines of codes… and still cash in 6 figures for it. Long gone are passionate programmers. Most of them at least.

  3. Name Nhme says

    It’s significantly easier to crap all over your computer than to ask for the user’s input every time you want to crap onto the computer.

  4. Anonymous says

    I think they renamed it:

    C:\Windows\System32>sc delete EasyAntiCheat
    [SC] OpenService FAILED 1060:
    The specified service does not exist as an installed service.
    C:\Windows\System32>sc delete EasyAntiCheat_eos
    [SC] DeleteService SUCCESS

    • patheticcockroach says

      Ah, thanks for the update. I just boycott anything with client-side anticheat in it, so I don’t quite keep up-to-date with that 👀

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