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News video games 29 April 2020, 12:12

author: Bart Swiatek

Valorant - Anticheat Gets an Icon on Taskbar; Riot Changes System

Developers from Riot Games introduced a number of changes to Vanguard - Valorant's anti-cheat protection. The app received an icon in the Windows notification area and will inform users about blocked programs.

Riot Games has introduced important changes.


  1. Valorant's anti-cheat protection has received an icon in the notification area;
  2. Users can turn off the app when they are not playing, or even uninstall it completely;
  3. The application has also started to inform about blocking other programs on our computer.

Riot Games decided to add the icon for Valorant's anti-cheat protection app (the so-called Vanguard) to the Windows taskbar - so that users are aware that the program is running and can turn it off when they are not playing, or even uninstall it. Notifications have also been introduced. Both novelties are included in the latest patch for the aforementioned shooter (or rather Vanguard itself, in fact), which is described on Reddit.

Vanguard's icon in the taskbar will also uninstall the program.

It's worth noting that the changes were made after the system has caused a lot of controversy due to the fact that the process responsible for it also works in the background when we don't play Valorant, and has extensive administrative rights. However, the developers warn that after disabling Vanguard, players will not be able to log in to the game - the computer will need to be rebooted.

Interestingly, the application may block some incompatible programs on our PC - if this happens, we will be informed about it in a notification.

The application will inform the user about blocking another program.

Developers from Riot Games have also stressed that the Vanguard system aims to provide players with maximum fair play in Valorant.

"The purpose of Vanguard is to make it difficult for all but the most determined to cheat, while also giving us the best chance to detect the cheats that do work. We’re not going to be able to prevent all cheating completely, but our intention is to raise the barrier to entry so that cheating isn’t a common occurrence in Valorant," we read.

  1. Valorant - official website
  2. Valorant - game guide
  3. Valorant Preview – I Love Shooters Again


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