Here’s how to delete that pesky Street Fighter V PC malware backdoor

Rollback, rollback, rollback

Along with Street Fighter V‘s anticipated 1.09 update came a nasty biproduct on PC — a back door under the guise of an anti-cheat tool. While Capcom had noble intentions to prevent hacking they actually invited it, and although the update was rolled back last week, the file (Capcom.sys) still remains.

If you own Street Fighter V on PC, you should follow the below instructions after updating to fully purge all traces of it from your system — it’s all very simple stuff that any average PC user should be able to figure out. Still, it’s an odd motion to have to go through for a game from a major publisher in 2016.

Regarding Ver.1.09 of the PC version of Street Fighter V [Steam]

How to use the deletion tool:
  • Close the Street Fighter V application. Please keep the Steam client open. The Street Fighter V game update will begin automatically.
  • Once the update is complete, you will notice 2 batch files have been added to the folder path below. (Please note that the location of the batch files may vary, depending on the users settings) C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\StreetFighterV\Tools →DeleteSFVdriver_ja.bat →DeleteSFVdriver_en.bat Right click on DeleteSFVdriver_en.bat, and select “Run as administrator.”
  • If you double click on the tool to run it, the tool will not run. DeleteSFVdriver_ja.bat is the same tool with Japanese instructions. Follow the instruction prompts. The tool will prompt you to restart your PC.
  • Please restart your PC. Once your PC has restarted, right click on the DeleteSFVdrive_en.bat and select “Run as administrator”. Once the message “Capcom.sys or related registry doesn’t exist. End the program.” is displayed, the files have been deleted.
Chris Carter
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