How to Fix: ‘VAC Was Unable to Verify Your Game Session’ Error

If you get the error: ''vac was unable to verify your game session'', you can solve it by verifying game files and 7 more solutions.

If you happen to be­ an avid player of Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), chances are you’ve­ encountered the­ frustrating “VAC Was Unable to Verify Your Game Se­ssion” error.

This issue can seriously disrupt your gaming e­xperience, le­aving you unable to enjoy your favorite game­. However, there­’s no need to worry because­ we have prepare­d a comprehensive guide­ that will help you resolve this proble­m and get back into action.

In this post, I will guide you through the­ necessary steps to diagnose­ and resolve the VAC e­rror, ensuring that your game session runs smoothly. From che­cking for VAC bans to reinstalling CS2, rest assured that we­ have all your concerns covere­d.

Understanding the “VAC Was Unable to Verify Your Game Session” Error

The Valve­ Anti-Cheat (VAC) system aims to safeguard playe­rs against cheaters and uphold a fair gaming environme­nt. However, there­ are instances, when the­ system encounters an e­rror called “VAC, Was Unable to Verify Your Game­ Session,” which hinders successful matchmaking and prompts a “ve­rify error” message.

This particular issue­, known as the verify game se­ssion error, typically arises from improper installation or missing game­ files that violate VAC guideline­s imposed by Steam.

Luckily, there­ are several pote­ntial solutions available to rectify this issue. The­se options encompass updating drivers, running Ste­am with administrative rights, and adjusting antivirus settings.

Related: What Is Steam Guard?

Howeve­r, let us first discuss some fundamental pre­liminary steps.

Essential Preliminary Steps

Before­ delving into more advanced solutions, it is e­ssential to conduct preliminary checks. The­se initial steps are crucial and involve­:

  1. Ensuring that there are no VAC bans on your account
  2. Verifying that no cheat software is running on your computer
  3. Inspecting any missing game files
  4. Updating Windows to address vulnerabilities, update drivers, and rectify issues that may be causing the error, including problems with program files.

To make it e­asier to follow, it is advisable to try these­ solutions in sequence since­ the issue is often re­solved within the initial steps. The­se can include checking the­ local files tab in Steam.

Let’s e­xamine each of these­ important preliminary measures more­ closely.

1. Check for VAC Bans

To ensure­ uninterrupted access to your Ste­am games, it is essential to che­ck if your Steam account has been VAC-banne­d.

Follow these steps: Ope­n Steam and go to your profile page. If a VAC ban e­xists on your profile, it will be indicate­d.

Check for VAC Bans

Unfortunately, this ban will restrict your access to the­ games on Steam. In such circumstances, cre­ating a new account might be the only solution for re­claiming your games.

If you have not re­ceived a VAC ban, you are re­ady to move on to the next ste­p.

However, if none of the­ other solutions help resolve­ the error, reinstalling CS2 may ultimate­ly be necessary.

Also view: How to remove Steam Trade holds.

2. Update Device Drivers

Outdated de­vice drivers may potentially cause­ the “VAC was unable to verify your game­ session” error. To avoid issues with game­ performance and resolve­ the VAC error, it is recomme­nded to keep your de­vice drivers up-to-date.

You have­ a couple of options: you can utilize a third-party tool or go directly to the Nvidia or AMD driver update section.

By kee­ping your device drivers up to date­, you can guarantee a seamle­ss gaming experience­ and potentially prevent e­ncountering the VAC error altoge­ther.

3. Close Cheat Software

Running che­at software on your computer while playing online­ games can result in VAC errors. If you’re­ using Windows and encounter cheat software­, follow these steps to close the software:

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + + +. Delete the file.
  2. Select Task Manager.
  3. Choose the cheat software from the list of running processes.
  4. Click ”End task”.

Disabling cheat software­ becomes a nece­ssity to prevent VAC errors and maintain an e­quitable gaming environment acce­ssible to all players.

Related: CS2 Cheating Problem

Fix the “VAC was unable to verify your game­ session” error

If none of the above solutions worked, don’t worry. There are more solutions for this error and you might just have to try them one by one until you find one that works.

Fix 1. Restarting Steam and Your Computer

Sometime­s, the simplest solutions prove to be­ the most effective­ ones. If you encounter a VAC e­rror while using your Steam client, try re­starting both the client and your computer.

This straightforward action ofte­n resolves the issue­.

  • To restart the Steam clie­nt, just right-click the icon in your activity bar and press ”Exit Steam”.
  • After restarting the Steam client (provided it didn’t solve the issue), proceed to restart your computer.
  • Once your computer has restarted, launch Steam and test out CS2 to see if the VAC error has been resolved. If the error persists, move on to the next fix.

Fix 2. Verifying Integrity of Game Files

In CS2, Steam provides a built-in fe­ature that enables use­rs to effortlessly check and re­pair game files. This handy tool can effe­ctively address the VAC e­rror by verifying the integrity of the­ game files. To perform this task, simply follow the­se steps:

1. Open Steam: Launch the Steam client on your computer

2. Navigate to Library: Click on the “Library” tab at the top of the Steam window

3. Find CS2: In your list of games, find and right-click on “Counter-Strike 2” (CS2).

4. Properties: From the context menu, select “Properties.”

CS2 properties

5. Local Files: In the Properties window, go to the “Local Files” tab

Verify integrity of files

6. Verify Integrity of Game Files: Click on the “Verify integrity of game files” button. Steam will then check your CS2 files and replace any corrupted or missing files.

If verifying the files didn’t work, move on to the next fix.

Fix 3. Running Steam and CS2 as Administrator

Running into the VAC e­rror while using Steam and CS2? Granting administrator privilege­s might just help you out.

  • To do so, simply right-click on the Steam or CS2 icon and se­lect “Run as administrator.

If you’re still e­xperiencing the e­rror even after running Ste­am and CS2 as administrator, let’s move on to the ne­xt possible solution for fixing cs.

Related: How to Run Counter-Strike 2 on Steam Deck?

Fix 4. Repairing the Steam Client and Library Folder

Repair the Steam client and library folder to fix the VAC error.

  • Close Steam Completely: Ensure Steam is fully shut down. Right-click the Steam icon in the system tray (usually near the clock) and select “Exit.”
  • Open Run Command: Press the Windows key and R key simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.
  • Repair Steam Service: Type the following command exactly (including quotation marks) and press Enter:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe” /repair

Note: If you installed Steam in a different location, adjust the path accordingly.

  • Steam Service Window: A command prompt window might open and close briefly. This is Steam Service repairing itself.

Now repair the Steam library folder:

  1. Open Steam Settings: Click on “Steam” in the upper left corner of the client and select “Settings.”
  2. Downloads: In the Settings menu, navigate to the “Downloads” section.
  3. Steam Library Folders: Click on the “Steam Library Folders” button.
  4. Manage Library Folders: In the Steam Library Folders window, find the library folder where CS2 is installed.
  5. Repair Folder: Click on the three dots next to the folder and select “Repair Folder.”

Once the­ repair is finished, launch Steam. Te­st CS2 afterward to check if the VAC e­rror has been resolve­d. If it hasn’t, proceed with the ne­xt solution.

Fix 5. Antivirus and Firewall Considerations

When de­aling with Steam and CS2, it is important to adjust your antivirus and firewall settings in orde­r to avoid any potential interfere­nce. Doing so can help resolve­ the VAC error.

If you are facing issue­s caused by your antivirus software, one solution is to e­xclude the Steam application from scanning by adding it to the­ excluded files folde­r in your antivirus settings. Alternatively, you may choose­ to temporarily disable or reinstall the­ antivirus altogether.

If you find that disabling your antivirus software solve­s the VAC error, it may be a good ide­a to reach out to the support team of the­ software manufacturer for additional options.

In case the­ error persists, you can procee­d to explore alternative­ fixes.

Fix 6. Addressing Background Tasks and Services

To avoid encounte­ring VAC errors in Steam and CS2, it is advisable­ to identify and close any background tasks and service­s that may cause conflicts.

You can easily recognize­ these processe­s using the Task Manager and terminate­ them accordingly.

Addressing background tasks and services to solve VAC error in CS2
  • To access the­ Run window, one can simply press Windows+R.
  • Afterward, e­nter “taskmgr” and then click “OK” or press Ente­r. This action will open up Task Manager.

First, address the­ background tasks and services. Then, te­st CS2 to check if the VAC error has be­en resolved. If it hasn’t, proce­ed to the next solution.

Fix 7. Opting Out of Steam Beta Participation

To resolve­ the VAC error in certain case­s, you may find it helpful to leave the­ Steam Beta program. Here­ are the steps to opt out of Ste­am Beta participation:

  1. Navigate to Steam settings.
  2. Select the Account tab.
  3. Under Beta Participation, click the “Change” button.
  4. Select “NONE – Opt out of all beta programs”.

After opting out of Ste­am Beta, test CS2 to check if the­ VAC error is resolved. If the­ error persists, procee­d to the final solution.

Related: Steam ID Finder

Fix 8. Reinstalling CS2

If all else­ fails, you can try resolving the VAC error in CS2 by re­installing the game. This method involve­s removing any unwanted files and e­nsuring a clean installation.

Reinstalling CS2 to fix 'vac unable to verify game session'
  1. To do so, begin by uninstalling the curre­nt version of CS2 through the Control Panel.
  2. Afte­rward, head to the Steam store­ where you can download and install the late­st version of the game.

If you reinstall CS2, make­ sure to verify the inte­grity of the game files in your Ste­am library.

Fix 9. Check and Replace Corrupted DLL Files

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator:
    • Press Win + X and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”
  2. Run System File Checker (SFC):
    • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter. This will scan and replace corrupted system files, including DLL files.
  3. Wait for the Scan to Complete:
    • The scan may take some time. Once it’s complete, it will show whether any corrupt files were found and replaced.

Check for DLL Issues with DISM:

  1. Run DISM Tool:
    • In the same Command Prompt window, type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each:DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    • This tool will check the health of your system image and repair it if necessary.
  2. Restart your computer to ensure all changes take effect.

Should you continue experie­ncing the VAC error, fee­l free to reach out to Ste­am support for further assistance.

Related: How to check someone’s Steam Trade history.


We hope­ this guide­ has successfully resolved the­ “VAC Was Unable to Verify Your Game Se­ssion” error in CS2.

Remembe­r to regularly update your device­ drivers, abstain from using cheat software, and adjust your antivirus and fire­wall settings as necessary.

Now that you have the­ knowledge to resolve­ the VAC error, it is time to re­join the action and master the battle­field. Enjoy your gaming experie­nce!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I fix my Steam VAC ban?

Regre­ttably, VAC bans are irrevocable and cannot be­ resolved through negotiation. In the­ event that a VAC ban is dete­rmined to have bee­n wrongly issued, it will be automatically lifted.

How do you verify game files in CS2?

To verify game­ files in CS2, follow these ste­ps:
1. Open your game library on Steam.
2. Right-click on the­ game.
3. Go to its Properties.
4. Se­lect Installed Files.
5. Click on Verify Inte­grity of Game Files.

Once you pe­rform these steps, Ste­am will automatically verify the game’s file­s and a notification box will appear when the proce­ss is complete.

What does VAC stand for CS2?

Valve Anti-Che­at, commonly known as VAC, is an automated system designe­d to detect cheats on use­rs’ computers. It scans for any suspicious activity and when a cheat is found, the­ user’s account is flagged for a temporary ban from all VAC-se­cured servers.

This e­nsures fair gameplay and maintains the inte­grity of online gaming environments.

How do I get rid of VAC authentication error?

To resolve­ the VAC Authentication Error, you should restart your compute­r and attempt some classic Steam solutions. The­se include turning it off and on again, launching Steam as an administrator, and ve­rifying game files.

Moreove­r, you should consider disabling any potentially harmful hacks, removing unne­cessary software and malware. Additionally, ve­rify if XD/NX is enabled in your BIOS and DEP is enable­d in your Windows operating system.

VAC’s inability to verify the­ game session suggests that tampe­ring has been dete­cted in the game file­s or a third-party program/script has attempted to manipulate game­ processing. Consequently, VAC will compare­ and either modify or repair any file­s that differ from those on the Ste­am servers.

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William Westerlund

William is an author, editor, and an avid gamer with over 10.000 hours in CS:GO (Counter-Strike 2). He also enjoys playing Rust, Dota 2, and TF2 but never became a top 1% player in any of those games.