Valve adds CS:GO Trusted Mode in latest update

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Valve adds CS:GO Trusted Mode in latest update

The latest CS:GO update is all about Valve’s continued fight against cheaters, which escalated late last year when the game went free-to-play.

CS:GO Trusted Mode added

The CS:GO Trusted Mode, which is turned on by default since the latest CS:GO update, automatically blocks third-party software and files. This means cheaters should have a much harder time.

With Trusted Mode, the game now significantly restricts the types of programs and files that can interact with it.

Valve explains Trusted Mode:

“Trusted mode in CS:GO blocks incompatible third-party files from interacting with the game and is enabled by default for all CS:GO players.”

Valve continues by explaining why incompatible third-party files need to be blocked:

“Incompatible files must be removed to ensure a fair game for all players. Any time we cannot verify files interacting with CS:GO’s game process you will be asked to restart the game in Trusted Mode.”

Basically, if you are using anything which isn’t approved by Valve, you won’t be able to matchmake with others. If you run a third-party application while in a CS:GO match, you will be disconnected by the server.

There is, however, a way to disable CS:GO Trusted Mode. While this isn’t recommended, and can affect a user’s “Trust score” negatively, Valve has added the launch option called -untrusted which you can add to avoid Trusted Mode.

One day after the release of Trusted Mode, Valve made two fixes in a small new update:

  • CS:GO will now display an error if launched from outside of Steam.
  • Fixed a case where players in Trusted mode would experience a framerate issue caused by certain 3rd party apps.

Keep in mind you won’t be able to matchmake using the launch option. This is for some unofficial game modes that use third-party files, and some developers who might not have all their files digitally signed.

Header image via Valve.

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