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Old 12-30-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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Account banned what happens?

Just being curious.

What will happen if your Steam account is banned? Could you still access all your games in offline mode at all, and be banned from any online communications/purchases?

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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Whatever you are thinking about doing don't do it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:39 AM   #3
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He probably already did.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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If you're banned by VAC for cheating in a VAC-enabled game, you won't be able to play some of your games' multiplayer modes. Which games are affected depends on what game you were banned in.

If your Steam account itself is disabled, you won't be able to login to your Steam account, and you can't access any of your products bought on Steam*, including chat, inventory, cloud saves etc. This only tends to happen in serious cases (for example, Valve disable accounts where hijacking is suspected to prevent the account from being abused).

If you're banned from a forum on the Steam discussions system, nothing happens except that you can no longer post in the affected boards.

If you're banned from these forums, your Steam account is not affected at all.

If some of your Community privileges are revoked because you've been harassing users / scamming people (trade ban) / using obscene avatars, the privilege in question is the only thing affected

(*Some games on Steam can actually be launched without Steam, such as Eve Online, so you'd be able to play those normally. However, you wouldn't be able to log into your account to redownload the games, and I'm not sure whether you'd still legally have the right to play them or not.)


Think that covers everything?
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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Wrong actually.

I've just read that you won't be able to any of your games, but some of the games I've downloaded from Steam can be ran directly by traversing through the directories and running the exe. How can they stop that
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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If you're banned by VAC for cheating in a VAC-enabled game, you won't be able to play some of your games' multiplayer modes. Which games are affected depends on what game you were banned in.

If your Steam account itself is disabled, you won't be able to login to your Steam account, and you can't access any of your products bought on Steam*, including chat, inventory, cloud saves etc. This only tends to happen in serious cases (for example, Valve disable accounts where hijacking is suspected to prevent the account from being abused).

If you're banned from a forum on the Steam discussions system, nothing happens except that you can no longer post in the affected boards.

If you're banned from these forums, your Steam account is not affected at all.

If some of your Community privileges are revoked because you've been harassing users / scamming people (trade ban) / using obscene avatars, the privilege in question is the only thing affected

(*Some games on Steam can actually be launched without Steam, such as Eve Online, so you'd be able to play those normally. However, you wouldn't be able to log into your account to redownload the games, and I'm not sure whether you'd still legally have the right to play them or not.)


Think that covers everything?
Perfect
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:43 AM   #7
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Perfect
Out of curiosity, why are you concerned about your account being disabled?
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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Out of curiosity, why are you concerned about your account being disabled?
So I can tell other people. Honestly, this question was just out of curiosity. I wouldn't dare, or know how to hijacked somebodies computer. I also thought if your VAC banned, you'll end up being banned from logging into your Steam account too. I didn't know this is just for multiplayer games
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:45 AM   #9
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IIRC Valve now very rarely disable accounts. Instead, they remove the ability to purchase new games, trade, receive gifts, and activate serial keys. So, in such cases, you'll still be able to play your current games, you just won't be able to get any new ones on that account.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #10
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So I can tell other people. Honestly, this question was just out of curiosity. I wouldn't dare, or know how to hijacked somebodies computer.
Your account can be banned for a few reasons.

Who said anything about hijacking someone's computer
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #11
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If your banned for cheating, (VAC Banned) you are banned from playing on VAC severs.
Now a VAC Ban effects only the game(s) you were cheating with.

If your account is disabled then you lose the abilty to play any games on your account.

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #12
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So I can tell other people. Honestly, this question was just out of curiosity. I wouldn't dare, or know how to hijacked somebodies computer. I also thought if your VAC banned, you'll end up being banned from logging into your Steam account too. I didn't know this is just for multiplayer games
Nope, you can still login and everything just fine. It's just the online multiplayer of some games you're restricted from (the singleplayer works fine). The only things that I know of that get accounts disabled are:

a) doing a chargeback - Valve disable your account until the chargeback is reversed and they've got their money back
b) If your account's been stolen by someone, and you report it to Steam Support, they'll disable the account until the situation is resolved.
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:54 AM   #13
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Nope, you can still login and everything just fine. It's just the online multiplayer of some games you're restricted from (the singleplayer works fine). The only things that I know of that get accounts disabled are:

a) doing a chargeback - Valve disable your account until the chargeback is reversed and they've got their money back
b) If your account's been stolen by someone, and you report it to Steam Support, they'll disable the account until the situation is resolved.
b) Thinking about it. I'm worried about computer Trojans hijacking my computer. I keep my antivirus upto date, but I'm still kinda paranoid about this, and proving it will be difficult,
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #14
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b) Thinking about it. I'm worried about computer Trojans hijacking my computer. I keep my antivirus upto date, but I'm still kinda paranoid about this, and proving it will be difficult,
It's not really a problem. The people who write viruses are much more interested in using your computer to send spam emails or attack a website than in stealing a Steam account. A couple of people lose their accounts to programs they download off Youtube videos that claim to be hacks for a game or keygens or things like that, but the vast majority of hijackings (I'd say upwards of 95%) are a lot simpler.

The bad guy adds someone on Steam and messages them going "omg look at this site www.steamp0weredcom.ru" or similar. They click the link, see a site that looks like Steam's website, enter their username / password / email username / email password and hit Login, after which it promptly sends all their data to the bad guy. Another common trick is claiming to be VAC ADMIN or STEAM ADMINISTRATOR or some nonsense, typing with /me the whole time so the text looks odd, then saying they need your username/password otherwise your account will be banned.

In every case, having Steam Guard enabled, not entering your email address and password anywhere outside of your email login page, and checking what the URL says before you login will keep you safe. Valve will never contact you via chat, and they certainly won't ask for your password.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #15
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b) Thinking about it. I'm worried about computer Trojans hijacking my computer. I keep my antivirus upto date, but I'm still kinda paranoid about this, and proving it will be difficult,
don't trust your virus scanner to pick up Trojans ever.
use malware scanners like malwarebytes and spybot S&D

even if it was easy to prove malware being the cause of a hijacking you are still responsible for it.
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