An HWID, which stands for Hardware ID or Hardware Identification, is a security feature employed by Microsoft when the Windows operating system is activated. A distinct HWID number is produced as part of the Product Activation system when the operating system is initially installed on a piece of hardware. The HWID identifies the hardware that the system is using.
To confirm that the operating system is still running on the same device, the operating system generates a new HWID number after each reboot and compares it to the original.
HWID is designed to ensure that the operating system is only used on the devices for which it was obtained and registered. As a result, users may encounter issues while upgrading or installing hardware, such as Ethernet adapters, CD-R drives, sound cards, or motherboards, as these components create new HWIDs.
An HWID ban occurs when the game completely bans your PC in addition to your gaming account. The most difficult bans to get around are HWID (hardware) bans because, in addition to blocking your IP address, one or more hardware components with unique IDs are also blocked. The last few years have seen an increase in player bans based on IP/MAC addresses and hardware serial numbers (HWID BAN) as game developers search for new, more efficient ways to penalize in-game cheats.
The hardware components that were blocklisted might vary based on the game from which you were banned. One, a few, or a mix of the following will often be explicitly banned:
· IP Address
· Mac Address
· Network Card/MAC
· Other HWID keys on your PC
You are HWID banned if you create a new account; you are immediately or permanently banned. Generally, a temporary ban of seven to fourteen days. Please do not create a new account since they will also get shadow banned.
There are several methods for being banned. An HWID ban, however, is often imposed if you are discovered hacking repeatedly. This is not always a given, though. Some games, such as Valorant and Escape From Tarkov, are notable for providing it on the first offense.
Fortunately, there are HWID spoofers (changers) that can make a fake copy of your HWID, allowing you to continue playing on your PC without swapping out a lot of hardware even after receiving an HWID ban.
After two to five regular bans on the same HWID, a user is HWID banned. Although it may be higher or lower, the average range is between 2 to 5.
You are not permitted to log into the game for the first seven days after your first HWID ban. You can then log in. After that, however, you will be banned from any accounts that log in using the banned hardware, and the ban period will restart. The timed ban could become permanent if repeated attempts are made.
This implies that players who obtain a hardware (HWID) ban will be permanently blocked from the game and won't be able to open a brand-new, free account and resume their cheating habits.
Install EFT and BSG Launcher using the Advanced scan feature of Revo Uninstaller, ideally the Pro edition (make sure the system restore points are turned off).
Following that, you have a few options:
i. Get a spoofer. A spoofer is a software that will "spoof" or alter your drive, motherboard, UUID, etc. serials on your computer for a brief period (or permanently, depending on your spoofer) to ensure that they are not the blocked serials from your HWID ban when BattlEye authenticates your serials the next time you play. Most spoofers are transient; thus, the original serials will return when you restart your computer.
ii. Swap the drives. Unplug any connected drives during the ban, then install fresh ones. For example, if you had two drives plugged in, you could not swap just one of them. They must all be changed.
iii. Raid0 your drives. You can effectively make your drive serial numbers all 0's if you have two or more drives by using raid0. This is a helpful technique, but remember that nobody is sure that BattlEye monitors drive serials.
Warzone's principal creator, Raven Software, has acknowledged that it now bans players' hardware for cheating in addition to their accounts. In theory, since the ban is connected to a specific hardware ID that is connected to the player's PC, this stops cheaters from just making new accounts.
The low-level HWID prohibitions might be temporary (typically three months) or permanent. Unfortunately, people have discovered that cleaners or spoofers can be used to get around the permanent ban (it depends on bios security and PC setup).
Activision personally reviews all permanent bans.
i. Permanent Ban on One Account: You might have used an unlock-all tool, injected wrongly, had your tool detected, or been identified as a spoofer (there could be more reasons).
Outcome: A single account was banned. The Blizzard account is still operational. Therefore you may access CW despite the blocked MW account. The best way to remove all tracer files is often to install Windows from scratch and reformat the hard disc. Alternately, employ a spoofer. However, spoofers might be unpredictable or hit and miss in this situation.
ii. Permanent Ban – HWID (Low Level): Activision is furious with you. No matter how often you reinstall Windows or erase your hard drive, you will always be shadow banned in games from 1 to 7, thanks to their HWID restriction. Usually determined by tools, spoofers, chairs, or whether you have broken the law before. Activision uses a banned identification based on a list of your HWIDs to generate a unique identifier for you. Therefore, if you change only your HDD or SSD while you are HWID-barred, you will still be prohibited, and your new HW has only been introduced to your unique identification number. It is difficult to tell what they have assigned a low-level HWID prohibition to, but based on study and research, it is safe to say that it is typically two-thirds of the HW components (SSD, MOBO, and HDD). So say goodbye to the cold war because you have also lost your blizzard account.
Outcome: As mentioned earlier, these bans could be temporary or permanent. Cleaners or spoofers can be used as a solution for these bans.
iii. Permanent Ban – HWID (Severe): Activision has destroyed your PC. Your CPU, HDD, MOBO, SDD, and GPU have all been HWID banned. RAM is impossible since RAM often displays as 00000. No matter how often you format your hard drive or reinstall Windows, you will always be shadow blocklisted from 1–7 games. Usually due to chairs, tools, spoofers, or repeat offenders being identified or discovered to distribute or be a part of a network (challenging and highly unusual to determine from Activision's standpoint). Your HWIDs are included in Activision's banned identification, and they use this information to generate a unique identity for you. Therefore, if you change only your HDD or SSD while you are HWID-barred, you will still be prohibited, and your new HW has only been introduced to your unique identification number.
You might as well buy a new PC as pretty much everything of your identifying HW has been logged and prohibited. It is difficult to tell if you are HWID Low Banned or Severe HWID Banned because it generally costs money to figure out what has to be changed and swapped out, etc. Also, Coldwar is over, and the Blizzard account has also been blocked.
Outcome: Permanent HWID ban on all accounts. Activision won't likely change this until they stop the MW's engine. Does not impact Cold War unless your MW Blizzard account and CW account are the same. A new PC is advised, or a highly effective covert spoofer/cleaner (Not all PCs are created equal) or go to a different game (spoofers and cleaners might not function on all PCs).
An HWID ban could be temporary (lasting from a few weeks to a few months) or a permanent ban. Permanent bans usually occur if a player keeps using cheating techniques or hacks to get an unfair advantage in a game despite warnings in the form of temporary bans. There is a lot of confusion in society about the nature and period of HWID bans because of the different types of permanent bans. HWID bans (temporary or permanent) can be avoided or removed using effective HWID spoofers.