How to Repair: Snowshoe Error on Far Cry 5

One of the most famous FPS game franchises has received its fifth iteration. The latest Far Cry on this list, Far Cry 5, is certainly an amazing game, with a competent and disturbing story arc, memorable characters, and compelling gameplay. However, two bugs that occurred earlier this year made the game unplayable. The one we’ll be talking about today is the Snowshoe Error.

In this Techquack article, we’ll tell you how to fix the Far Cry 5 Snowshoe error.

What Causes Far Cry 5 Snowshoe Error on Windows 10

There are confirmed cases where this problem is caused by Windows Firewall and other third-party counterparts. In this case, whitelisting the startup and executable file of the game or removing the overprotective AV package should solve the problem completely.

According to some concerned users, one of the most common causes of Snowshoe error in FarCry 5 is an issue with administrator privileges. Whether you’re trying to run the game after downloading it via uPlay, Steam, or installing it from traditional media, insufficient permissions can affect the game’s ability to connect to the Internet.

If you’ve pre-checked that it’s not an administrator privilege issue, perhaps your antivirus is causing the error in some way. It turns out that Windows Defender and some other third-party counterparts can block the game from connecting to the Internet.

How to Troubleshoot Snowshoe Error in Far Cry 5

Check the integrity of your game files

Damaged installation files are common for these kinds of games. Instead of reinstalling the game, you can check your game files using the validation tool built into the Steam or uPlay clients.

This tool compares the installation files with the original game files. If any of the installation files are damaged or missing, the tool will replace them. Here’s how to check the integrity of your game files:


  1. Launch the uPlay client online.
  2. Go to the Games menu, right-click on Far Cry 5, and select Check Files.


  1. Start the Steam client and go to the library.
  2. Right-click on Far Cry 5 and select Properties.
  3. Now click the Local Files tab and select Check Game Files for Integrity.
  4. This tool will replace missing or corrupt game files with good ones.

Add Far Cry 5 to the antivirus exclusion list

The role of an antivirus program is to protect your system from malicious software. If the antivirus program detects your game as a potential threat to your system, it will prevent it from running.

To solve this problem, you should add the game to the exclusions list of your antivirus program and firewall. This will allow the game to communicate with servers unhindered. To add Far Cry 5 to the Windows Defender exclusions list:

  1. Click the up arrow on the taskbar and select the Windows Defender icon from the context menu.
  2. Now select Virus and Threat Protection from the list of options.
  3. Click Settings for Virus and Threat Protection.
  4. Click on Add or remove exceptions in the Exceptions option.
  5. In the Exceptions window, click on Add Exception and select Folder from the drop-down menu.
  6. Now select the Ubisoft folder under Programs.
  7. Different third-party antivirus programs may have different methods for adding an exception, but the idea is generally the same. So you shouldn’t have a problem if you’re using a third-party antivirus program.

Restoring the system to an earlier date

Sometimes certain changes in system files can cause problems with games. It is very difficult to determine which particular change is causing the problem. Therefore, the best way to solve this problem is to restore the system to a time when the game was working properly. System Restore brings the system back to a specific time in the past.

This means that all your files and system settings will be restored to the state they were in at that time. Note that this change will not affect your personal files and folders. For this to work, you must also have existing restore points. If you don’t have them, you can still check them, as Windows automatically creates restore points when important changes occur to your system. Here’s how to restore your system to a previous date:

  1. Click Start or Home and type Restore in the search box.
  2. Select Restore from the list of results. The Restore dialog box in the Control Panel will open.
  3. Click Open System Restore and select Next in the next dialog box to continue.
  4. The next dialog box displays a list of items to which you can restore the system.
  5. Select the point before the Snowshoe error occurs.
  6. Follow the wizard’s instructions to complete the process.

Another way to restore the system is to go through the Select Options screen.

  1. Press the Windows + I logo key on your keyboard to open the Settings application.
  2. In the list of available options, click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on the Restore tab in the left pane and click on Restart Now in the Advanced Startup option.
  4. This will cause the computer to restart in the options screen.
  5. Now go to Troubleshooting -> Advanced -> System Restore.
  6. Follow the wizard instructions to complete the process.

Update uPlay and launch it as an administrator

Many other factors can cause Snowshoe error in Far Cry 5: for example, lack of proper permissions or an outdated uPlay client. First, make sure that you are using the latest version of uPlay. Also, run uPlay in offline mode, and finally, run it as an administrator.

Run uPlay as an administrator:

  1. Right-click the uPlay shortcut on your desktop and select Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab and check the Run this program as administrator checkbox.
  3. Click Apply and OK to confirm your changes.

Launch uPlay in offline mode:

  1. Start uPlay and go to the Hamburger menu.
  2. Select Go to offline mode.
  3. Now try running the game to see if the problem has been resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Troubleshoot problems with your Internet connection.
  2. Check the game files (Repair).
  3. Delete saved game files.
  4. Add an exception for antivirus.
  5. Exclude the game from the firewall.
  6. Run uPlay/Steam as an administrator.
  7. Uninstall and reinstall Far Cry 5.

The common reasons for the failure of the game on your computer are: not enough system resources to run the game, overclocking the processor, and problems with the video card. Sometimes improper settings in the game can also cause a crash.

Far Cry 5 Snowshoe error occurs on PC when some users try to use multiplayer mode (cooperative feature). Some affected users report that they finally manage to connect to the network, but only after several failed attempts that result in the same error code.