CS:GO New Anti-Cheat Software, ‘Trusted Mode’, Draws Flak

CS:GO New Anti-Cheat Software, 'Trusted Mode', Draws Flak

Valve recently released a new feature called ‘Trusted Mode’ to combat cheating and toxicity in CS:GO. The new feature blocks third-party files from interacting with the game. Unlike the game’s previous security features which can be disabled voluntarily, Valve enabled Trusted Mode by default for all CS:GO players.

Trusted Mode can vastly improve cheat prevention by restricting injections altogether. Here are the system’s main functions and solutions against cheating:

  • Provide a way to play without foreign application injections.
  • Update the game’s policy to include VAC banning for any targeted process tampering.

Trusted mode gives players a way to launch CS:GO in a safe mode and ensure that they do not accidentally run a third-party software that injects into the game. All unknown software will be rejected by the game, and any non-accidental software injection is subject to a VAC ban.

The system has good intentions, and it offers promising anti-cheating features. However, some players reported that Trusted Mode, as a default feature, is causing them some major problems.

Valve already admitted that since Trusted Mode is in its early stages, the mode still has major development and performance issues. In the update’s FAQs page, Valve explained: “Sometimes applications attempt to inject during low-level Windows mouse events, which results in noticeable performance degradation when the mouse is moved. We are internally testing a mechanism that has virtually zero overhead, even for the most zealous of injecting software.

Players noticed these issues right away and voiced out their concerns in public. Some players received bans that they don’t deserve, while others are simply annoyed with the glitches.

Kiril Stoilov from Early Game, a popular esports new site, shared some serious points about how damaging the mode is to normal players: “The jokes are already flooding the internet, but Trusted mode’s failure is far from a joke. It’s just another proof that nearly every attempt at stopping hackers results in more damage to normal users than to actual hackers.”

Joe Parloc from PC Gamer, an international digital publisher, even found out that some legitimate and non-gaming software are affecting the game: “Ordinary players are reporting that software such as OBS, Discord, Spotify and Nvidia Game Filter are falling foul of Trusted Mode, despite having no impact on the game itself.”

Valve promised to resolve all these issues on their next update. In the meantime, players are encouraged to avoid temporary bans.