Frequently Asked Questions

Privacy, what is shared and how is the data stored?

No personal data is transmitted and all communication is encrypted.

An exception would be filenames. If you named your cheat "my_wallhack.dll", we would see that string. Even the username in a path would be stripped, so "C:\Users\John\aimbot.dll" would become "5\aimbot.dll".

Furthermore, as the game account identifier is anonymized (from EQU8's perspective), only the Studio knows the actual account to which a specific detection belongs.

EQU8 is a Swedish company and subject to all EU data protection legislation.

How much impact does EQU8 have on my computer / my video game?

EQU8 is lightweight and should not affect loading times or performance significantly.

Does EQU8 work on linux?

No. We do not support Linux. Our focus is on protecting games on Windows.

What kind of data does EQU8 have access to on my computer?

EQU8 monitors the system while in-game and looks for suspicious activity from

  • Integrity of game environment (e.g. memory alterations)
  • Integrity of game related files (specified by the Studio)
  • Running software
  • Specific events that targets the game (e.g. a dll is injected into the game, a debugger is attached)

How does EQU8 deal with legitimate uses of software like AutoHotkey?

We don't take action on AutoHotKey. It's up for the studio to decide to act on it or not, they decide the ban/kick policies.

Does EQU8 have any protection from kernel drivers?

Yes, we do have protection from kernel drivers.

Technical Questions

My anti-virus says "agent.x64.equ8.exe" or "agent.x86.equ8.exe" is a virus.

A game you have installed on your PC has EQU8 Anti-Cheat implemented.

With overwhelming probability, it is just anti-virus throwing a false-positive. There is however the slight chance that your machine is in fact infected with a virus of some sort, and that the virus has infected the EQU8 Anti-Cheat software.

To verify the integrity of our executable (or any signed executable), download the DigiCert Certificate Utility (https://www.digicert.com/util). After running the application, you'll see a magnifying glass that says "Check Signature" just above the white box in the center. Click it and select the agent binary. If you see two green checkboxes, you are all set.

If you still have a problem, please do email us and we will proceed to notify the anti-virus about the issue. While they work on addressing it, we suggest adding the game directory to the exclusion list of the Anti-Virus software.

I got error: EQU8_ERR_STATUS_SYSTEM_IN_TEST_SIGNING_MODE

You will need to disable test mode.

Click Start, and then type cmd in the Search box. Under Programs, right-click cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator.

At the command prompt, type the following text, and then press Enter:
bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING OFF
Then type the following text, and then press Enter:
bcdedit.exe /set nointegritychecks off

Restart the computer.