Following a number of accusations for everything from spying on users to diabolical plans for world domination, Riot made some changes to their Vanguard anti-cheat system.
Riot explained the changes in a lengthy Reddit post, where they wrote, "While we normally don't plan on documenting changes to Vanguard, our Anti-Cheat system for Valorant, on a frequent basis, this new update to Vanguard adds a new visual component that will give you, the player, more visibility and control over it."
Mind you, Valorant's developer won't be making any functional changes to Vanguard, in spite of the outrage and equally outrageous accusations. In other words, the goal is to make the system more transparent for users.
So, Vanguard will now be displayed as a system tray icon when running, letting users turn it off or on whenever they please. You can keep it off for as long as you like but playing Valorant will then require restarting your machine.
If you're that paranoid about Riot's anti-cheat, you can even uninstall it. The company stressed that this will not affect anything other than Valorant, and just like the earlier case - quick installation and restart are all that's needed to get back to playing.
Vanguard will also notify players of any apps it blocks via a notification pop-up. Getting more information on why an app was blocked is as simple as clicking on the notification.
Basically, the only issue with Valorant's anti-cheat system users will notice is occasional blocking of familiar apps, but Riot insist that these situations will be very rare.
"We're trying very hard to minimize the amount of software we block using Vanguard. Most players will never run into such a scenario. Vanguard will always notify you if it blocks or modifies anything on your system. We believe in transparency", they said.
You can find the full post on Reddit .