Elden Ring Inappropriate Activity Detected Meaning & Fix [2024]

The "Inappropriate Activity Detected, Unable to Start in Online Mode" error message could be coming up due to a variety of reasons. Here's how to potentially fix it.

What does the Inappropriate Activity Detected message mean and why is it coming up? Based on the multiple posts on Reddit, a lot of players are curious to know the answer and the fix for it. Here’s what you need to know about this error message and how it may impact your game.

What does “Inappropriate Activity Detected” Mean in Elden Ring?

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If you get the “Inappropriate Activity Detected, Unable to Start in Online Mode” error message, there could be multiple reasons why. The main reason that has got players worried is that FromSoftware has potentially flagged them for a ban. In case you have used a mod or a cheat while you are connected to the internet (or even while you are offline), there’s a chance that you could get banned.

Now, this isn’t confirmed yet – we will find out as soon as there’s chatter about a ban wave. But just to be safe, make sure to disable mods before going online. It isn’t guaranteed that using cheats while being offline will help you avoid a ban, but it’s worth a try. If you’ve received this message at launch, it’s could be a sign that the game has detected something wrong.

What if you are not using any mods or cheats?

While some players are using mods to be able to pause the game or remove the framerate cap of 60FPS, most are not using anything to change their game/character stats. But what if the player they have summoned into their world is using cheats? Can you get kicked from the boss fight in online mode in this situation? Well, there could be a chance of this happening, but there’s no official word from FromSoftware about this, yet.

How to Fix Inappropriate Activity Detected in Elden Ring?

Based on comments on Reddit, some players have got this error even when they have newly installed the game. For others, this message constantly kept appearing every time they reloaded the game after it crashed.

To potentially fix this error message, try the following:

  • Close Steam, restart it, and load up Elden Ring to see if it still comes up.
  • Go to your computer’s Windows Settings > Time and Language > Language > Administrative Language Settings > Change System Locale > Tick “Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8 for worldwide language support” and click on OK. After this, restart your PC.
  • If at all it’s VPN-related, load up the game with VPN disabled and see if the error comes up.
  • Repair EAC (Easy Anti Cheat)
    • Launch Steam and find the game in your Library.
    • Right-click on the game’s name.
    • Click on Properties.
    • Select Local Files.
    • Browse Local Files and find the EasyAntiCheat folder.
    • Next, double click EasyAntiCheat_Setup.
    • Choose Elden Ring.
    • Repair Service from there.
    • You can also uninstall Easy Anti Cheat and reinstall it.
  • Update and/or uninstall Epic Launcher (for some reason, this seems to work for a few players)
  • Verify Steam Game Files Integrity
    • Open the Steam client.
    • Find Elden Ring in the Library.
    • Right-click on the name and click on Properties.
    • On the left side, there’s a Local Files tab that you need to click on.
    • Click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
    • After the verification process is done, load up the game again and see if it still crashes midway or at startup.
  • Check if Elden Ring servers are down. Some players are getting kicked because of a server disconnection as well.
  • It could be a bug if you are not using any mods or cheats, so simply hit OK on the pop-up and try connecting again.
  • Last but not the least, send a Support Ticket to the devs for assistance.

That’s basically everything you can try to potentially fix this error. For more on Elden Ring, be sure to check out our guides section.