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6 Ways to Fix Helldivers 2 GameGuard Crashing at Launch

This guide provides tested and proven solution to fix GameGuard crashing at launch on Helldivers 2.

How to Fix Helldivers 2 GameGuard Crashing at Launch

Here are the best solutions to fix GameGuard crashing at launch.

1. Enable and Disable VPN. Launch a VPN, switch to a different region, launch the game, then close the game and disable the VPN. This seems to “reset” things for some players.

2. Delete GameGuard (Proceed with caution). Navigate to the GameGuard folder within Helldivers 2, delete it, verify game files through Steam, and then launch the game. This works for some, but be aware of potential consequences.

Locate the GameGuard Folder

  • Open Steam and right-click on Helldivers 2 in your library.
  • Navigate to Properties > Local Files > Browse Local Files.
  • This opens the Helldivers 2 installation directory.
  • Within that directory, find a folder named “bin.”
  • Inside the “bin” folder, locate the folder named “GameGuard.” Delete it.

Verify Game Files

  • Open Steam and go to your Library.
  • Right-click on Helldivers 2.
  • Select Properties, then navigate to Local Files.
  • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • Wait for the process to finish.
  • Restart your computer when it’s done.

3. Enable and Disable Internet Connection. Disconnect from your regular internet (WiFi or ethernet), connect to a mobile hotspot, launch the game, close it, and then reconnect to your normal internet. Several players reported success with this method.

4. NProtec Check. Open your Task Manager and end the program “nprotec” if it’s running. An outdated version might be causing conflicts. Try launching the game again.

5. Whitelist GameGuard. When you relaunch the game, the GameGuard will again be installed. So, head to your antivirus or security software settings to whitelist it. Locate the “Exclusions” or “Whitelist” section. Add the Helldivers 2 game folder and the GameGuard executable (usually in “Steam\steamapps\common\Helldivers 2\GameGuard”).

6. Check whether your Windows Update service is working. Here is a solution from a player which has helped many people.

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