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Game Settings Have Suddenly Been Changed (Admin Slowhacking)

My game settings were fine until playing on a server where an administrator changed them. What is Admin Slowhacking and what can I do to protect myself?

Admin Slowhacking refers to a server administrator maliciously altering the game configuration files on a client's computer. If you believe you have been slowhacked, you can resolve the issue by locating and deleting the config.cfg in your game directory.

For example, the config.cfg for Counter-Strike can be found at:
<Steam Installation Directory>\steamapps\<username>\counter-strike\cstrike\config.cfg

  • Exit Steam
  • Find the config.cfg for your game.
  • Open the file with Notepad.
  • If your file has an entry for developer , make sure it is set to “0” .
  • Close the file.
  • Right-click on the config.cfg and select Properties.
  • Check the Read-Only checkbox and click OK.


 Many servers require the ability to run server commands on client machines, so disabling the developer console is generally a better idea if you wish to play on widest variety of available servers.



Best Practice

If you alter your configuration significantly from its default state, it is best practice to do so by creating a userconfig.cfg in the same directory as your config.cfg. Your game will load the config.cfg and then execute your userconfig.cfg. This allows you to specify any changes from your default configuration in a separate file that cannot be altered by server administrators. Setting values in a userconfig.cfg follows the same syntax as with a config.cfg


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