How to Uninstall Valorant and Vanguard from Windows in 4 Steps

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How to Uninstall Valorant and Vanguard

You could be a Windows player who has already installed Valorant and Vanguard, the game’s anti-cheat program. The moment may come, however, when you’ll want to remove these apps. Maybe the game isn’t working for you, or maybe you just don’t want them installed anymore.

For whatever reason, you’ll find all the necessary instructions to remove Valorant and Vanguard from your Windows PC in this comprehensive tutorial.

It might seem easy but actually fully removing Valorant and Vanguard is not that simple. That’s what this guide is actually for.

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  • Shut off your Machine: Restarting your computer after removing Valorant and Vanguard is advised to confirm that all components have been correctly removed.
  • Optional: Manual Removal: Going into the Valorant and Vanguard installation folders and erasing any residual files is one way to manually delete them. Usually, Valorant is set up in the C:\Riot Games\VALORANT directory, whereas Vanguard is in the C:\Program Files\ directory. 
  • Removing Drivers to fully Erase Valorant Afterwards: Move to C:\Windows\System32\drivers in File Explorer. Inspect the file system for any files that begin with the letter “vgk” and remove them. To remove these files, you may have to grant administrator access.

Step 1. Get Rid of Any Old Files

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Be sure to scan for and delete any leftover files after removing Valorant and Vanguard. By doing so, you may be certain that your system will be free of any linked files. Here are the steps to do this:

  • Go to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Riot Vanguard” in File Explorer and remove the “vgc” folder.
  • Find the “vgc” folder in C:\Program Files\Riot Vanguardand remove it.
  • Find the “VALORANT” folder in “C:\Program Files\Riot Games” and remove it.
  • Remove the “VALORANT” folder from the C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local” directory.
Delete Valorant in AppData

Keep in mind that the “AppData” folder is not user-viewable. You may have to activate File Explorer’s hidden files and folders feature before you can see it.

Step2. Among the Program Files, Remove The Riot Vanguard Folder

There can be leftover files on your computer even after you remove Vanguard via the Control Panel or the Command Prompt. By erasing the Riot Vanguard folder by hand, you can be confident that the anti-cheat software is fully uninstalled, which will eliminate any possibility of conflicts or performance problems.

Delete Riot Vanguard
  • To access your Program Files folder, which is often found in C:\Program Files, open “File Explorer” (Win + E) and go to that location.
  • Go to the “Riot Vanguard” directory.
  • Delete the folder by right-clicking on it.
  • To delete the folder and everything in it, you will be asked to confirm the action.
  • After that, be sure to empty your recycling bin.
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Step 3. Utilize the Settings Menu to Remove Valorant

An easy way to remove programs is available in Windows Settings. Those who want to uninstall apps using the Windows graphical user interface may find this method useful. It ensures a clean uninstallation by using Windows’ built-in program management function.

  • To access the “Settings” menu, press the ‘Windows key + I’.
  • Go to the “Apps” or “Apps & features” section.
  • You may discover Valorant by scrolling down or using the search box.
  • To uninstall Valorant, either click on the program or use the three vertical dots.
  • To finish uninstalling, follow the on-screen prompts.
Uninstall Valorant from Apps

Step 4. Try Removing It Via the Riot Client

Turning off Vanguard Anti-cheat is a must to remove the game via the Riot client. You can do it by following the next steps:

  • Launch the System Tray by navigating to the taskbar.
  • Select “Riot Vanguard” by right-clicking on the icon.
  • To terminate the anti-cheat program that is now operating in the background, choose “Exit Vanguard”.
Exit Vanguard in System Tray
  • Launch the client for “Riot”.
  • To access “Valorant”, open the client window and click on the symbol located on the left side.
  • Find the gear icon in the upper right corner and click on it.
  • Select “Uninstall” from the “Settings” menu.

If you followed through all the steps provided above — you should’ve successfully removed Valorant and Vanguard from your Windows PC. If you, however still encounter errors — feel free to comment down below.

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