If you see the Game Security Violation detected error while launching a game in Windows 10, it is quite easy to fix. Here's how to solve the game error.
I recently started playing the Halo on Gamepass, completed the first two games pretty quickly, and started the third installment too. While trying to launch the Halo game, out of the blue, I got the "Game Security Violation detected" error with error code 0x00000001. The error window doesn't say anything more. Unlike other general errors, this error completely blocks the game from launching. This means that you cannot play the game until you solve the error.
The Game Security Violation error happens with games that have an anti-cheat software installed in your system. Most modern games install some sort of anti-cheat software while installing the actual game. Some of those games include but are not limited to Halo, Gears, Fortnite, Apex Legends, etc. The error can be triggered due to any number of reasons like using cheat software, VPN, keyboard software, RGB software, etc. Though the Game Security Violation error is pretty cryptic in its wording, it is fairly easy to fix it.
Follow the below steps to quickly fix Game Security Violation detected an error in Windows 10.
- Disconnect from VPN
- Uninstall or Disable RGB Software
- Update the Game and Game Launcher
- Check Your Antivirus Software
Disconnect from VPN
One might think an active VPN connection has nothing to do with the game you are playing. However, just like me, you will be thoroughly surprised to know that most anti-cheat software will see an active VPN connection as a possible threat. This is especially true if you are using the VPN to mask your current location. When you change your network's geolocation using VPN, the anti-cheat software might take this as out of ordinary and think you are cheating or your system is compromised.
So, if you are seeing the Game Security Violation error then make sure you are not connected to any VPN network. After disconnecting from the VPN, you might also have to restart Windows 10 before you can launch the game normally.
Uninstall or Disable RGB Software
Nowadays, some high-end motherboards and other computer parts are coming with RGB lighting in them. To control the RGB lighting, most manufacturers offer some kind of software. Generally, these kinds of software are not a big deal in terms of security. However, depending on how the RGB software works, some anti-cheat software can see it as a threat and throws the Game Security Violation error. This is especially true if the software is hooking onto other processes to get the work done.
So, in simple words, if you have any kind of RGB controller software installed on your machine, it might also be a reason for the security violation error.
Either uninstall the software or exit it completely when you want to play the game. This should fix the error in most cases.
Update the Game and Game Launcher
Sometimes, the game launcher itself might be outdated. When that happens, the game may think you are using an outdated or corrupt version. This in turn throws the game violation error. So, make sure both the game and game launcher are up to date.
Most game launchers will have an update button within the launcher itself. You can click on it to update the launcher and the game. If you've downloaded the game from GamePass or Microsoft Store, you have to update it from the Microsoft store itself.
Check Your Antivirus Software
Antivirus software provides much-needed protection against known and unknown threats. However, some antivirus software is so aggressive that they hook into other processes or do constant in-depth scanning of processes with weird or suspicious behavior. When an antivirus software that aggressive, the protection tech within the game or game launcher will trigger and stop the game with the game violation error.
In general, almost all games and game launchers are good with the default Windows Defender antivirus. If you are using a third-party antivirus like Kaspersky, McAfee, BitDefender, etc., I recommend you turn off real-time protection and disable the antivirus. After that, try launching the game. If the antivirus is the real cause, disabling it should've fixed the issue and the game will launch just fine.
Do keep in mind that it is important that you turn ON the antivirus after exiting the game. Personally, I recommend you use the default Windows Defender antivirus and uninstall any third-party antivirus. Just make sure you don't follow any risky behavior like downloading & installing untrusted software, clicking unknown links, visiting sketchy websites, etc.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.