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Adding Last Epoch to your anti-virus’s list of exclusions

Every anti-virus program occasionally has what is known as a false positive.

To understand why this occurs, it’s necessary to have a degree of insight into how an anti-virus program operates. These programs have two methods for deciding a program isn’t safe. The first are “signatures”, which are how the program recognises a file it has seen previously. The second is “heuristics”, which is when an anti-virus program doesn’t recognise the files it is scanning and thus has to find other ways of deciding whether to trust them. One example of behaviour the anti-virus program looks at is whether the software attempts to modify other files (games can do this when updating save files, or when you make changes in the settings menu).

If your anti-virus program flags Last Epoch as suspicious, the best way of attempting to verify whether this detection is accurate is by uploading the .exe file to VirusTotal. This website will have several dozen anti-virus programs scan the file and report on how many of them consider it dangerous. If the detection rate is very low, then they are almost certainly false positives.

To have an anti-virus program trust Last Epoch, you can add it as an “exception” or “exclusion”. How you go about doing this varies between anti-virus programs. As a courtesy, we’ve collected links to the official instructions for some popular anti-virus programs.

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