The Far Cry 5 Snowshoe error occurs on PC when certain users attempt to use the multiplayer (co-up feature). Some affected users report that they are finally able to connect online, but only after several failed attempts resulting in the same error code.
When troubleshooting this issue, you should start by ensuring that the game has admin rights. If you confirm that’s not the issue, you should turn your attention to your Antivirus. There are confirmed cases where this issue is caused by Windows Firewall and a few other 3rd party equivalents.
In this case, whitelisting the game’s launcher + executable or uninstalling the overprotective AV suite should fix the problem altogether.
Running with Admin Rights
According to some affected users, one of the most common causes that will end up triggering the Snowshoe error with FarCry 5 is an admin rights issue. Whether you attempt to run the game after downloading it via uPlay, Steam, or after installing it from traditional media, insufficient permissions might inhibit the game’s ability to establish connections over the internet.
Some users facing the same Snowshoe error while attempting to engage in multiplayer games have confirmed that the issue finally went away after they ended up forcing the game’s executable to run with admin access.
To do this, you will need to navigate to the location where you installed Far Cry 5, right-click on the game’s executable, and click on Run as administrator from the context menu. At the User Account Control (UAC), click Yes to grant access.
Do this and see if you are able to join and host a co-up game without seeing the same Snowshoe error. If the operation was successful, you have successfully confirmed that you were indeed dealing with an admin rights issue.
However, if you leave things as they stand, you would need to repeat this operation every time you want to launch the game. Fortunately, there is a way to configure the game’s executable to always launch with admin rights.
Here’s how to make this behavior as the default:
- Use File Explorer or My Computer to navigate to the location of the game’s executable (not the game’s shortcut), right-click on it and choose Properties from the newly appeared context menu.
- Once you’re inside the Properties screen, click on the Compatibility tab from the menu at the top, then scroll down to the Settings section and check the box associated with Run this program as an administrator.
- Click Apply to save the changes, then restart your computer and see if the problem is now fixed.
In case this method did not allow you to fix the Snowshoe error, move down to the next potential fix below.
Whitelisting Far Cry 5 in Antivirus in Settings (if applicable)
If you’ve previously confirmed that you are not dealing with an admin rights issue, chances are your Antivirus is causing this error in some way or another. As it turns, out, both Windows Defender and several other 3rd party equivalents might end up blocking the game’s connection to the Internet.
Fortunately, regardless if this problem is caused by Windows Firewall or a 3rd party equivalent, you should be able to fix the problem by whitelisting the main FarCry 5 executable and the game’s launcher (Steam or uPlay).
Note: If you’re not using Windows Defender + Windows Firewall and you’re instead relying on a 3rd party suite, the steps of whitelisting the game’s executable + launcher will be specific to the tool you’re using. In this case, search online for specific instructions on whitelisting items.
If you’re using Windows Defender, follow the instructions below to whitelist FarCry 5 in order to fix the Snowshoe error:
- Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R. Next, type ‘control firewall.cpl’ to open up the classic Windows Firewall interface.
- Once you’re inside the main menu of the Windows Defender firewall, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall from the left side menu.
- Inside the next menu, click on the Change settings button, then click on Yes at the UAC prompt.
- After you manage to obtain full access, scroll down through the list of forwarded items and locate FarCry 5 and the game’s launcher (if you use any, like Origin, uPlay, or Steam). In case there isn’t an entry for FarCry 5, click on Allow another app, then click on the Browse button and add the executable manually.
Note: If you are required to, also add Steam, Epic Launcher, or uPlay to this whitelist.
- Once you manage to locate them or add them to the list of Allowed apps, ensure that the boxes for Private and Public are checked for both before clicking Ok to save the changes.
- After you manage to whitelist both FarCry 5’s executable and the game’s launcher, restart your computer and see if the problem is now resolved at the next computer startup.
In case you’re using a 3rd party suite and whitelisting is not enough, follow the next method below.
Uninstalling 3rd party AV (if applicable)
If you use a 3rd party AV suite that doesn’t give you the option to whitelist (or you did so unsuccessfully), the only way to make sure that your Antivirus / Firewall is not causing the problem is by uninstalling the overprotective suite altogether.
If this scenario is applicable, follow the instructions below to uninstall the problematic suite:
- Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R. Next, type ‘appwiz.cpl’ inside the text box and press Enter to open up the Programs and Files menu.
- Inside the Programs and Features menu, scroll down through the list of installed applications and locate the Antivirus you want to uninstall.
- Next, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation, then restart your computer.
- At the next startup, launch FarCry 5 once again and see if the problem is now fixed.