Uninstalling and Disabling Riot Vanguard

Perhaps you need to disable Vanguard to run a particular program, or maybe you've decided to retire your champ roster and give your last GGWP in League. It's important to know how to both turn off Vanguard and uninstall it, as uninstalling League of Legends will only uninstall Riot Vanguard if you have no other programs installed that require it (ie. VALORANT).

Have other questions about Vanguard? We have answers in our Riot Vanguard FAQ.

Disabling Vanguard 

Vanguard has recently had a bit of an upgrade. After receiving loads of valuable feedback from players, we've added the ability to turn Vanguard off via a System Tray icon.

A screenshot of a Windows desktop toolbar that has been right-clicked, with the mouse pointer hovering over text that says “Exit Vanguard.”

This will allow you to run various programs that may have been flagged by Vanguard as a potential threat. To re-enable Vanguard, you'll have to restart your computer.

 

 Screenshot of a Windows pop-up confirming you want to continue with disabling Riot Vanguard.

Remember

League of Legends will not run without Vanguard, so you'll have to re-enable it by restarting your computer to get back into the game.

Uninstalling Vanguard

Step 1:

Press the Windows Key (or click the Windows icon on your taskbar), and type “Add or remove programs,” and press Enter.

Screenshot of Windows' Add or remove programs window.

Step 2:

Scroll till you come across Riot Vanguard, click on it, and then click Uninstall. You'll be prompted to click Uninstall again in a pop up window to confirm your choice.

Screenshot of Windows' Apps and features menu, where players can uninstall Riot Vanguard.

Step 3:

Be sure to allow the application to make changes to your device, and confirm that you'd like Riot Vanguard to be uninstalled once more (we do like to be thorough).

Screenshot of a Windows pop up asking of you want to allow the application to make changes to your device.

 

Screenshot of a Windows pop up asking if you want to continue to uninstall Riot Vanguard.

 

And that's it. Riot Vanguard has been uninstalled.

Have an older version of Windows?

Don't worry. We've got your covered, though the process is slightly different. You'll still hit the Windows Key (or go ahead and click the Windows icon on your taskbar), but you'll type in “Control Panel” this time, and hit Enter.

Screenshot of a search in the Windows desktop taskbar showing results for “Control Panel.”

Head to Programs and click Uninstall a program.

 

Screenshot of Windows' Control Panel, with “Programs” highlighted.

Find Riot Vanguard, and click Uninstall. From there, just take a gander above at Step 3 to give all the approvals needed to successfully uninstall the program.

Manual Uninstall Guide

If, for some reason, any of the above solutions fail, you may need to uninstall Riot Vanguard manually. Don't worry. We'll walk you through it.

Step 1: Click your start key or press your Windows key and type cmd.

Screenshot of a Windows' desktop taskbar search result for “CMD.”

Step 2: Right click and click Run as administrator.

Screenshot of a Windows' desktop taskbar search result for “CMD,” with the result “Command Prompt” right-clicked and “Run as asminstrator” highlighted.

Step 3: Type and press Enter for both of these commands, in succession:

sc delete vgc
sc delete vgk

Screenshot of a Windows command prompt showing results for the command “sc delete vgc.”Screenshot of a Windows command prompt showing results for the command “sc delete vgk.”

Step 4: Reboot your computer. This step MUST be done before proceeding to uninstall Riot Vanguard.

Step 5: Click the start key, or press the Windows key, and click This PC.

Screenshot of a Windows start menu.

Step 6: Navigate to C:\Program Files\

Screenshot of the program files folder in Windows.

Step 7: Right click on Riot Vanguard, and delete it.

Screenshot of the program files folder in Windows, with Riot Vanguard right-clicked to show the option to Delete the Riot Vanguard folder.

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