EA AntiCheat is a feature that prevents cheating in FC 25 PC.
FC 25 EA AntiCheat

The AntiCheat Feature

EA AntiCheat is a PC anti-cheat solution crafted to uphold fair gameplay in Electronic Arts games and deter cheating effors.

Emphasizing privacy and security, this system was introduced for FIFA 23. It operates as a lightweight kernel-mode anti-cheat and anti-tamper solution, developed by EA and reviewed by independent security specialists unaffiliated with the company.

How it Works?

In summary, EAAC activates upon launching FC 25 and automatically shuts down when FC 25 is closed. It intervenes with third-party applications attempting to interact with Football Club 25, preventing external files and software from infiltrating the game. Consequently, cheats and other software alterations, including community mods, may not function as intended.

Regrettably, kernel-level cheating in PC gaming has surged in popularity among cheat developers, rendering such cheats largely undetectable to non-kernel-level anticheat solutions. Safeguarding single-player modes is crucial for protecting online modes, as many cheat developers illicitly manipulate single-player files to develop their cheats.

FC 25 on PC can be played offline with EAAC installed. However, modes like Ultimate Team necessitate an online connection and remain exclusive to online experiences.

How to Install and Uninstall

Any game that uses EA anticheat will automatically install it when you install the game. If you need to troubleshoot an issue or previously uninstalled EA anticheat, follow these steps.

  1. Download the EA AntiCheat installer;
  2. Click the game you want to add EA anticheat to.
  3. Click [Install].
We don’t recommend uninstalling EA AntiCheat unless you need to install it from a clean state. To do that, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Windows Explorer and search for ‘C:\Program Files\EA\AC’;
  2. Click on EAAntiCheat.Installer.exe to launch the installer.
    If you want to uninstall it for one game, choose the game you want to uninstall and Click [Uninstall].
    If you want to uninstall it for all EA games, choose to Uninstall All, which will remove all EA anticheat files from your computer, minus the installer.
EA anticheat protection will also be uninstalled from your PC if you uninstall all EA games that use it.


We will show you how to fix error codes you may see when using the installer.

1 ‘Failure during Update Process’
There are two ways to fix this error:
  • Click Close in the EA anticheat pop-up message and restart the game;
  • Download the installer again, uninstall the game you’re playing in the installer, and then install it again for the game manually.
2 ‘Please start the game from Origin or the EA app’
You’ll get this error if you’re trying to launch your game directly from the Windows File Explorer. You need to launch the game from either the EA app or Origin. They’ll still launch from either of these apps even if you’re using Steam or the Epic Games Store.

3 ‘ EA AntiCheat Service has encountered an error. Please restart the game.’
This happens when EA anticheat can’t find the installation folder or can’t start the game. There are two ways to fix this.
  • Relaunch the EA app or Origin as an admin by right-clicking on it and choosing Run As Administrator. Then, relaunch the game from the EA app or Origin directly;
  • Reinstall EA anticheat to fix it.
4 ‘This software cannot be used at the same time as the game’
EA anticheat will shut down the game and our services if you use cheat tools, debuggers, or other conflicting software. Turning off or uninstalling conflicting software can help you get back in the game.

5 ‘EA AntiCheat Service encountered an invalid system configuration/a system error. Please run the EA AntiCheat Service installer.’
This can happen if you’ve altered or changed any game files. Reinstall EA anticheat to fix it.

6 ‘EA AntiCheat has detected an unacceptable configuration. Please restart the game and ensure no cheat-related or tampering software is active.
EA anticheat will shut down the game and our services if you use cheat tools. Turning off or uninstalling conflicting software can help you get back in the game.

7 ‘The application encountered an unrecoverable error.’
This can happen when expired or unsigned drivers are loading while trying to launch the game. Follow these steps to enable Secure Boot on your computer. After you’ve done that, try reloading the game again, and it should fix the issue.

8 ‘ Secure Boot is not enabled on this machine.’
If you’re on Windows 11, you need Secure Boot to be enabled to play FC 25. Follow these steps to enable it on your computer. After you’ve done that, try reloading the game again.

If you have another problem that isn’t listed here, you can do the following:
  • Close the error message and launch the game again.;
  • Uninstall other anticheat apps;
  • Run Origin/EA app and EA anticheat as an administrator.
Frequently Asked Questions
EA anticheat is a PC anticheat solution designed to ensure fair play in our games and help prevent cheating. It also has a strong focus on privacy and security.
Kernel-mode protection is essential. When cheat programs function within the kernel space, they can render their cheating functionalities invisible to anti-cheat solutions operating in user mode. Regrettably, recent years have witnessed a significant surge in cheats and cheating methodologies functioning in kernel mode. Hence, the most dependable approach to detecting and thwarting these activities is by employing anti-cheat mechanisms within the kernel space.

Moreover, besides safeguarding PC players from cheaters, EA anti-cheat also extends protection to console players who engage with PC opponents, shielding them from cheaters operating on PC platforms.
Indeed. Cheat developers often exploit single-player game modes to reverse-engineer a game or manipulate game files, enabling them to experiment and develop cheats. Subsequently, they integrate these alterations into online multiplayer game modes. Apart from thwarting active cheating during online gameplay, EA anti-cheat also bars cheat developers from leveraging single-player modes for such purposes. Safeguarding single-player game modes is crucial in impeding cheat development efforts.
No. EA anticheat is as performant and lightweight as possible. FC 25 EA anticheat will have a negligible impact on your gameplay.
EA anticheat only runs when a game with EA anticheat protection included is running. All anti-cheat processes shut down when the game does.
If you’ve removed all EA games equipped with EA anti-cheat protection, the anti-cheat system will automatically uninstall itself from your PC. You retain the option to manually uninstall it whenever you wish, completely eliminating it from your system. However, it’s essential to note that uninstalling EA anti-cheat renders games requiring its protection, such as FC 24, unplayable until you reinstall EA anti-cheat. Reinstallation can be easily initiated through straightforward prompts in the game launch process.
Indeed. EA’s Game Security & Anti-Cheat team comprises top-tier security engineers globally recognized for their expertise and dedication to safeguarding software against security vulnerabilities. This team of anti-cheat engineers conducts daily testing and conducts ongoing security and penetration assessments internally to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of EA anti-cheat.