How to uninstall VALORANT

Be gone, VALORANT.

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Are you sick and tired of VALORANT? Do you sorely miss Counter-Strike? Well, absolutely nothing’s stopping you from uninstalling Riot’s new tactical shooter.

VALORANT certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s a game that requires patience, practice, and determination. It’s much slower-paced than games like Overwatch, Call of Duty, and even Counter-Strike and that can be painstakingly boring for some players.

But how do you uninstall VALORANT? Weirdly, it’s not as simple as it sounds. If you jump into your control panel and click uninstall, you’ll be faced with an annoying error message. 

There are a few extra steps you need to take before uninstalling VALORANT

The game’s anti-cheat detection system, Vanguard, first needs to be closed and uninstalled. You can close Vanguard by opening your system tray, found in the bottom right-hand side of your desktop, right-clicking on the red arrow Vanguard icon, and selecting exit. 

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A message will immediately pop up at this point asking if you want to “turn off” Vanguard. Click yes.

Screengrab via Windows

When it’s closed, you’ll be able to uninstall both Vanguard and VALORANT as normal. You can do this by pressing the Windows Key or clicking the Windows icon on your taskbar, typing “Add or remove programs” in the search bar, and pressing enter.

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From here, scroll down to “Riot Vanguard,” right-click, and uninstall. Next, do the same for VALORANT. 

Screengrab via Windows

Once you’ve finished, reboot your computer and VALORANT should be gone for good.