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Learn how to install or uninstall EA anticheat, and how to fix error codes you may see when using the installer.

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EA anticheat is a PC anticheat solution that is designed to ensure fair play in our games and help prevent cheating. It also has a strong focus on privacy and security.

It’s a kernel-mode anticheat and anti-tamper solution, which you can learn more about on ea.com.

Which games use EA anticheat?

EA anticheat is already available in FIFA 23 and is installed when you download and install the game from the EA app, Origin, Steam, or the Epic Games Store. Stay tuned to hear about any future games that we may add.

If you need to troubleshoot an issue or previously uninstalled EA anticheat, follow these steps.

  1. Download the EA anticheat installer.
  2. Click the game you want to add EA anticheat to.
  3. Click Install.

Any game that uses EA anticheat will look to automatically install when you install the game, if EA anticheat isn’t already enabled.

If you uninstall EA anticheat, any game that uses EA anticheat protection (like FIFA 23) won’t be playable until you reinstall it.

We don’t recommend uninstalling EA anticheat unless you need to install from a clean state. To do that, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Windows Explorer and search for C:\Program Files\EA\AC
  2. Click on EAAntiCheat.Installer.exe to launch the installer.
    • If you want to uninstall it for one game choose the game you want to uninstall and Click Uninstall.
    • If you want to uninstall it for all EA games, choose to Uninstall All which will remove all EA anticheat files from your computer, minus the installer.

EA anticheat protection will also be uninstalled from your PC if you uninstall all EA games that use it.

Click View more below each error code for troubleshooting steps.

Failure during update process

There are two ways to fix this error:

  • Click Close in the EA anticheat pop-up message and restart the game.
  • Download the installer again, uninstall the game you’re playing in the installer, and then install it again for the game manually.

Please start the game from the EA app or Origin

You’ll get this error if you’re trying to launch your game directly from the Windows File Explorer.

You need to launch the game from either the EA app or Origin. Even if you’re using Steam or the Epic Games Store, they’ll still launch from either of these apps.

EA anticheat Service has encountered an error. Please restart the game. <Path of Service> <Error #>

This happens when EA anticheat can't find the installation folder or can’t start the game. There are two ways to fix this.

  • Relaunch the EA app or Origin (even if you got the game on Steam or the Epic Games Store) as an admin by right-clicking on it and choosing Run As Administrator. Then, relaunch the game from the EA app or Origin directly.
  • Reinstall EA anticheat.

This software cannot be used at the same time as the game <Software name>

EA anticheat will shut down the game and our services if you use cheat tools, debuggers, or other conflicting software. Turning off or uninstalling conflicting software can help you get back in the game.

EA anticheat Service encountered an invalid system configuration/a system error. Please run the EA anticheat Service installer.

This can happen if you’ve altered or changed any game files. Reinstall EA anticheat to fix it.

EA anticheat has detected an unacceptable configuration. Please ensure no cheat-related or tampering software is active and restart the game.

EA anticheat will shut down the game and our services if you use cheat tools. Turning off or uninstalling conflicting software can help you get back in the game.

The application encountered an unrecoverable error.

This can happen when expired or unsigned drivers are loading while trying to launch the game.

Follow these steps on Microsoft’s website to enable Secure Boot on your computer. After you’ve done that, try reloading the game again and it should fix the issue.

Secure Boot is not enabled on this machine.

If you’re on Windows 11, you need Secure Boot to be enabled to play FIFA 23. Follow these steps on Microsoft’s website to enable it on your computer. After you’ve done that, try reloading the game again.

  • If the above steps didn’t help you, you don’t see your error code, or you have a fix for the issue we didn’t cover, head over to our Answers HQ forum.
  • Keep an eye on the EA Help (@EAHelp) for everything from outage info to news about the game.

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