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FIX: Counter Strike not connecting to server errors

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  1. To do that, open the Steam client software.

  2. Click Library at the top of Steam’s window.

  3. Right-click Counter Strike: Global Offensive to select Properties.

  4. Select the Local Files tab shown directly below.
    Verify Integrity option counter strike not connecting to server

  5. Click the Verify Integrity of Game Files option.


4. Turn off Windows Defender Firewall


CS: GO server errors can be due to Windows Defender Firewall blocking the game connecting with the server.



  1. To turn off WDF, press the Windows key + S hotkey.

  2. Input firewall to search for the WDF applet.

  3. Click Windows Defender Firewall to open the Control Panel applet shown directly below.
    Windows Defender Firewall applet counter strike not connecting to server

  4. Click the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off link.

  5. Select the Turn off Windows Defender Firewall options, and click the OK button.
    Turn off Windows Defender Firewall option counter strike not connecting to server


5. Turn off third-party antivirus utilities


Users with third-party antivirus utilities might need to disable, or even uninstall, those utilities to stop them from blocking CS: GO. Avast, Kaspersky, BullGuard, Norton Security, and Bitdefender are some AV software that incorporates firewalls.


You can usually disable AV utilities like those by right-clicking their system tray icons and selecting disable/turn off settings on the context menus.


Some antivirus software might also include additional options to toggle their firewalls off & on.



Disable Auto-Protect option counter strike not connecting to server


However, some users might need to completely uninstall their third-party antivirus software to stop them blocking CS: GO. You can uninstall AV software via the Programs and Features applet, much the same as other software.


The How to Uninstall Programs post provides further details on how you can uninstall software.


6. Repair Steam service



  1. To fix VAC server connection errors, try repairing Steam. First, make sure Steam is closed.

  2. Press the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut.

  3. Input this command in the Open box:


"C:Program Files (x86)SteambinSteamService.exe" /repair.



  • Note that users who haven’t installed Steam at its default Program Files directory will need to change the SteamService.exe file path in that command.
    Steam repair command counter strike not connecting to server



  1. Then press the OK button.


7. Switch to Google DNS server



  1. Switching to Google DNS server can resolve CS: GO server errors. Right-click the Start button to select Run.

  2. Input ncpa.cpl in the Open box, and click the OK option.

  3. Right-click your net connection there to select Properties.
    Network Connections applet counter strike not connecting to server

  4. Double-click Wi-Fi Properties to open the window shown directly below.
    Wi-Fi Properties window counter strike not connecting to server

  5. Select the Use the following DNS server addresses radio button.

  6. Enter 8.8.8.8 in the Preferred DNS server box.

  7. Input 8.8.4.4 in the Alternative DNS server box.

  8. Select the Validate settings upon exit checkbox option.

  9. Press the OK button.


Those are some of the more likely fixes for Counter-Strike not connecting to server errors. In addition, try removing superfluous third-party programs from Windows’ startup.


The Add or Remove Startup Apps in Windows 10 post provides further details for how users can configure the system startup.


By following these steps you should be able to fix any Counter-Strike -related issues and play uninterrupted again.


Let us know which of the methods you used by leaving us a message in the comments section below.



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