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    What is Watchdog?

    Watchdog is our brand new Cheat Detection System. Watchdog gathers and analyses data on 100's of users randomly at the same time and determines whether a person is cheating or not. When Watchdog detects a user cheating, it adds them to a queue known as a Banwave. We have trained Watchdog for many months on how to successfully spot hackers, and now it can do it automatically. We can't reveal the exact details of how this works, but it's super cool.

    Next Section: Why was I banned by watchdog?


     
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    Why was I banned by Watchdog?

    If you were banned by watchdog your ban message will include: [WATCHDOG CHEAT DETECTION]

    You were monitored, caught and confirmed to be in one or more of the following categories:

    1. Actively cheating by using one or more blacklisted modifications.
    2. Previously used one or more blacklisted modifications which has outstanding effects on your Minecraft folder.
    3. Using one or more disallowed modifications such as but not limited to TCP edit, Better Sprint, or macros.
    Please see our guides in “What can I do to stop this happening?” below to help prevent further punishment.

    Next Section: Can I appeal a Watchdog ban?
     
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    How to appeal a watchdog ban?

    To appeal a Watchdog ban, please go to https://hypixel.net/appeals


    Appeals sent in any other way (e.g. private message, email, etc) will be directed back to the appeals section here with no further answer. We can only deal with appeals for the server in the appeals section here on the forums.

    Next Section: What can I do to not get banned by Watchdog?
     
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    What can I do to stop this happening?

    1. Make sure read and follow our latest network rules: HERE
    2. Check to see if your modifications are allowed on our network: HERE
    3. How to make sure your Minecraft client is clean.
    Step 1: Locating Your Minecraft Folder
    Firstly, open the Run application. You can do this by pressing the Windows + R keys on your keyboard, or by searching for Run in your Start Menu and clicking the Run application which appears.

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    Type the following text into the Run window, and either click the “OK” button or hit enter on your keyboard.

    %appdata%

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    This will open the Roaming folder in your AppData on your computer. Usually this folder is hidden, which is why we opened it using Run.

    Be careful when browsing this folder as this contains settings and system files for many of the applications installed on your PC. We’re only looking for the .minecraft folder here, so don’t touch anything else.

    In the Roaming folder, locate the folder called “.minecraft”. This is the folder which contains most of the files for your Minecraft installation.

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    Step 2 (Optional): Backup Your Minecraft Files (inc. Worlds, Settings, etc.)
    You must do this if you want to keep your Minecraft worlds and you currently use the default directory for storing Minecraft profile data (default, and most common)!

    If you have world saves, options, etc. that you want to keep after you reset your Minecraft installation, you need to back those up now. To do this, enter the .minecraft folder. Once inside this folder, select all of the items you wish to save. See the list below for items you may wish to copy:
    • resourcepacks (folder) - Contains the resource packs you have installed on your client.
    • saves (folder) - Contains your Minecraft world saves.
    • screenshots (folder) - Contains your Minecraft screenshots.
    • options.txt (file) - Contains your Minecraft options and settings.
    • servers.dat (file) - Contains your multiplayer server list.
    Once you have selected all of the files and folders you wish to backup, right click on them and select Copy from the menu.

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    Navigate to another folder (outside of the .minecraft folder), such as your Desktop or Documents folders, and paste the files and folders you copied there (right click on an empty space and click paste in the correct folder).

    Remember where you put this so you can find it again later.


    Step 3: Removing Your Minecraft Folder
    If you entered the .minecraft folder in Step 2 to backup your save folder, click the back button now to return to the Roaming folder. If you’ve lost this folder, follow Step 1 to find it again.

    Now for the easy part. To reset your existing Minecraft installation, right click on the minecraft folder and select the “Move to Trash” option from the menu. That’s it.

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    Finally, restart your computer to make sure that any temporary files that might be on your system are removed. This is unlikely to be the case, but it always good as a precaution.


    Step 4: All Done!
    You can now reopen the Minecraft Launcher (which should still be on your system). You may need to relogin at this point since your client has effectively been reset.

    Once this is done, you will be able to click the Play button as normal, which will take a little longer than usual as your client has to download the latest version of Minecraft again.

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    Step 5 (Optional): Restore Your Minecraft Files
    If you backed up your Minecraft saves in Step 2, you should now restore them. Find where you backed your Minecraft files and folders to in Step 2, select all of them, right click, and select the Copy option.

    Using the instructions in Step 1, find your .minecraft folder again and open it. Right click in this folder in an empty space (not on another file or folder), and select the “Paste Item” option from the menu. The items you copied should then appear in the folder.

    You may be asked if you want to overwrite some of the files and folders you are copying if the Minecraft Launcher created them in Step 4.
    Step 1: Locating Your Minecraft Folder
    Firstly, start by opening a Finder window. You can do this by clicking on the icon which looks like a face in your Dock (the bar usually found at the bottom of your screen).

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    This will present you with a window which should look something like this (yours will probably have files displayed).
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    Once you have this window open and selected, make sure that you have the Finder window selected, click the “Go” button on the top of your screen, and select the “Go to Folder…” option from the menu.

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    This will open a prompt in the Finder window asking for a folder. Enter this location and then click “Go” or hit enter.

    ~/Library/Application Support
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    Be careful when browsing this folder as this contains settings and system files for many of the applications installed on your Mac. We’re only looking for the minecraft folder here, so don’t touch anything else.

    Find the minecraft folder in the folder (Application Support) you just navigated to.
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    Step 2 (Optional): Backup Your Minecraft Files (inc. Worlds, Settings, etc.)

    You must do this if you want to keep your Minecraft worlds and you currently use the default directory for storing Minecraft profile data (default, and most common)!

    If you have world saves, options, etc. that you want to keep after you reset your Minecraft installation, you need to back those up now. To do this, enter the minecraft folder. Once inside this folder, select all of the items you wish to save. See the list below for items you may wish to copy:
    • resourcepacks (folder) - Contains the resource packs you have installed on your client.
    • saves (folder) - Contains your Minecraft world saves.
    • screenshots (folder) - Contains your Minecraft screenshots.
    • options.txt (file) - Contains your Minecraft options and settings.
    • servers.dat (file) - Contains your multiplayer server list.
    Once you have selected all of the files and folders you wish to backup, right click on them and select the Copy option from the menu.
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    Navigate to another folder (outside of the minecraft folder), such as your Desktop or Documents folders, and paste the files and folders you copied there (right click on an empty space and click paste in the correct folder).

    Remember where you put this so you can find it again later.


    Step 3: Removing Your Minecraft Folder
    If you entered the minecraft folder in Step 2 to backup your save folder, click the back button now to return to the Application Support folder. If you’ve lost this folder, follow Step 1 to find it again.

    Now for the easy part. To remove your existing Minecraft installation (settings, configs, etc.), right click on the minecraft folder and select the “Move to Trash” option from the menu. That’s it.
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    You may also want to empty your trash folder at this point to make sure that the files are completely removed from your system. To do this, click the Trash icon on your Dock and click the Empty button in the window that appears.

    Take note of the files in the trash before clicking empty. All of these files will be deleted on emptying the trash, so always check first to make sure you’re not removing something you might need later! The OS will give you a similar warning when emptying the trash.
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    Finally, restart your computer to make sure that any temporary files that might be on your system are removed. This is unlikely to be the case, but it always good as a precaution.


    Step 4: All Done!
    You can now reopen the Minecraft Launcher (which should still be on your system). You may need to relogin at this point since your client has effectively been reset.

    Once this is done, you will be able to click the Play button as normal, which will take a little longer than usual as your client has to download the latest version of Minecraft again.

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    Step 5 (Optional): Restore Your Minecraft Worlds
    If you backed up your Minecraft saves in Step 2, you can now restore them. Find where you backed your Minecraft saves folder to in Step 2 and, as you did in Step 2, right click the folder and click “Copy “saves””.

    Using the instructions in Step 1, find your minecraft folder again and open it. Right click in this folder in an empty space (not on another file or folder), and select the “Paste Item” option from the menu. The saves folder should then appear in the folder.

    You may be asked to overwrite another folder if the Minecraft Launcher created one, which you should be fine doing provided you haven’t created any new worlds since you completed Step 4.
    4. Do not edit your registry files on your OS and if you have make sure to remove it by restoring your registry files from your backup.
    5. Do not use any automated or toggling macros.

    Next Section: [FAQ] Frequently Asked Questions

     
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    Frequently Asked Questions?

    Is X modification allowed on the server?

    You can find out more about allowed modifications here. If the modification provides any form of advantage over other users then we strongly recommend removing it.

    Will I ever be 100% sure that my modification(s) are safe?
    No. For that reason we recommend a 100% vanilla client when possible.

    Can I still use Optifine on the server?
    Yes you can. As Optifine's main purpose is to provide an FPS (Frames-Per-Second) boost to players.

    Can an admin tell me if a modification is allowed?
    No. We DO NOT approve modifications on request. However we can refer you to our whitelisted modifications thread here.

    I have used modifications in the past, am I at risk of being banned?
    No, as long as they are no longer installed and you are no longer using them on the server. However if some modifications have found to tamper with .jar in your minecraft folder make sure to follow our ban prevention suggestions above.


    If I have modifications installed but aren't actively using them, am I at risk?
    You might be. Some modifications interact with the server even if you aren't actively using them. Simply having them installed may be putting you at risk.

    I've used a program (such as "regedit") to change how my TCP settings work - will that be detected?
    Will I be banned for using a OS that has regedit enabled by default? (e.g. Mac, Linux etc.)
    No.
    What are banwaves?
    When Watchdog detects a user cheating, it adds them to a queue known as a Banwave. Banwaves happen manually by us - and we ban multiple users at a time.

    Why do bans in waves? Why not ban immediately?


    Does Watchdog access any of my computers files?

    Will I be banned if I have a glitchy/laggy connection?
    No. Unlike most other anticheats, Watchdog knows the difference between someone lagging and someone hacking.

    Is there a chance I can be falsely banned by Watchdog?
    We will only ever confirm and commit to 100% positive bans that fit in the one or more of the "Why was I banned by watchdog?" categories.

    How does the stat wipe system work?
    On Watchdog banwave players will receive a ban from all leader boards. Once the users temporary ban has expired and before returning to the leaderboard system their stat's will be wiped.

    Does watchdog differentiate between Donors and non donors?


    Does Watchdog affect gameplay such as hit registration?
    No, Watchdog has been trained as a silent beast. You won't even know he's there! Watchdog has already been watching games in the background for months now and he doesn't get in the way of your hit detection.
     
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