READ FIRST - Security Software (Anti-Virus, Anti-Ransomware, Firewalls, Network Protection, "Realtime Security", etc.)

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READ FIRST - Security Software (Anti-Virus, Anti-Ransomware, Firewalls, Network Protection, "Realtime Security", etc.)

Post by erasmus »

Hey all, unfortunately many security programs like Avast, Comodo, BitDefender, Norton, etc., and even Windows Defender or third-party setting adjustments to Windows Firewall have caused major problems for our users as they can block your game's access to our servers, prevent access to story files, save files, and more.

Instead of having you dig through the massive troubleshooting post in this forum, try following the below steps if you run into any weird bugs with House Party:

We need the following folders, their subfolders, and files they contain to be exempted/excluded/"white listed" by any and all security programs you have running (and if they are programs that have more than one tab/component, make sure to check each). Note that "C:\" may change based on your system.


If playing on Steam you also need to do the same for: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\House Party\

If your security software blocks processes or applications specifically, make sure that the following two files in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\House Party\ (or wherever the game is installed) are "unblocked", "exempted", or "excluded":


Your computer will also need to be able to access our game server (and if playing on Steam, make use of Steam's network services). If playing on Steam, read these links for more info: ... -SFLZ-9289 ... -MVDP-3638

We access our game server over standard http exactly once every time the game is launched from Steam via the following: . So, for instance, if you try to access the following link into your browser and it does start downloading, you most likely have a connectivity error: ...

In this case you'll need to check your firewall/network software to ensure connection via http to our server is allowed, that standard http ports are not blocked on your PC or router/modem, and that no other element between your PC and router is trying to redirect traffic away from our server to elsewhere (could be any number of applications, settings, or malware, unfortunately).
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