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Vanguard Down? Current Server Status For League of Legends

Guides 18-06-2024 15:58

Vanguard is a newly added anti-cheat from Riot Games. The system is meant to find scripters and cheaters and remove them from the game, but is Vanguard down right now?

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Is Vanguard Down in League of Legends? | © Riot Games

Vanguard is the anti-cheat software that Riot Games uses to maintain the integrity and fairness of gameplay. Vanguard is a kernel-level security system that runs in the background when League of Legends is active, ensuring that the game environment is free from cheats and hacks. It is designed to detect and prevent any malicious activities that could affect the competitive nature of the game.

But is Vanguard working properly right now, or is Vanguard currently down? If you're experiencing server and Vanguard issues in League of Legends, then check out what you can do to get online and back into your ranked grind as quickly as possible. 

Vanguard Down: Follow These Steps To Get Back To League of Legends

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Follow these steps below! | © Riot Games

If you encounter an issue with League of Legends where the Vanguard anti-cheat system reports that it isn't currently installed or is causing errors, here are the steps you can follow to resolve the problem:

  • Restart Your Computer: Before taking more drastic measures, a simple system restart can often resolve issues related to Vanguard not being recognized. This will allow the system to reload all services, including Vanguard.
  • Reinstall Vanguard:
    • Open the Control Panel and go to "Programs and Features."
    • Find "Riot Vanguard" in the list, select it, and then click "Uninstall."
    • Once uninstalled, launch League of Legends. The game will prompt you to install Vanguard again.
    • Follow the installation instructions, then restart your computer to ensure Vanguard initializes correctly.

  • Run League of Legends as Administrator:
    • Right-click on the League of Legends shortcut.
    • Select 'Properties,' then navigate to the 'Compatibility' tab.
    • Check 'Run this program as an administrator' and apply the changes.
    • Try running League of Legends again to see if the issue persists.
  • Check for Software Conflicts: Sometimes, other software on your computer can conflict with Vanguard. Ensure that there are no deep system cleaners, process managers, or other aggressive antivirus programs running that might interfere with Vanguard.
  • Update Your Drivers: Make sure that your system’s drivers, especially the graphics and chipset drivers, are up-to-date. Outdated drivers can cause issues with game performance and software like Vanguard.
  • Contact Riot Support: If none of the above solutions work, your best bet is to contact Riot Games Support. Provide them with detailed information about the issue, any error messages, and what steps you have already tried. They can offer more direct assistance and potential fixes.
  • Check Third-Party Sites: If none of the steps above worked, then check out third-party websites like DownDetector to see whether other players are having issues. If there is a spike, it's likely an issue on Riot's side, and you'll have to wait until the issues are fixed on their end.

Following these steps should help you resolve any issues related to Vanguard not being detected or working properly in League of Legends.

Known Vanguard Error Codes

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Here are some well-known Vanguard errors. | © Riot Games

Vanguard might be great at protecting from scripters and cheaters, but sometimes the anti-cheat itself becomes the problem. Here are some well-documented error codes: 

  • Error Code 64 - This error codeusually indicates an issue related to the Vanguard anti-cheat system being unable to properly initialize, typically due to a timeout or failure during startup. This error can be problematic as it prevents players from starting or continuing their game until it is resolved.
  • Error Code 84 - This error code typically indicates an issue with starting the Vanguard anti-cheat service. This error can happen for a variety of reasons, but it's generally related to Vanguard not being able to properly initiate due to system settings or conflicts with other software.
  • Error Code 128 - This error typically indicates that Vanguard failed to initialize properly. This could be due to issues like Vanguard not being installed correctly or being unable to start due to conflicts with other software.
  • Error Code 57 - This error code signifies that Vanguard's driver has not been properly signed or recognized by the system. This can happen after system updates or if there are underlying issues with the operating system.
  • Error Code 50 - This indicates that Vanguard has experienced issues with its core system files. This error usually requires a reinstallation of Vanguard to fix.
  • Error Code 5 - This error happens when there is a general system error preventing Vanguard from starting. It can be due to permissions issues or conflicts with other software on the system.
  • Error Code 7 - This signifies a variety of issues, from connection problems to needing to restart the Riot Client. Sometimes a full reinstallation of League of Legends and Vanguard is necessary to resolve this error.

Hopefully, you were able to fix your Vanguard issues in League of Legends and could get back to your games quickly and efficiently. 

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