Numerous players encountering the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC ‘exited unexpectedly’ crash error are reporting a fix via anti-virus software.
Several users have reported that shutting down anti-virus software, such as Norton, AVAST or Bitdefender AV, or adding the game as an exception can fix the crash issue. Exceptions should also be added to Firewalls if needed.
[UPDATE: Rockstar has blamed Red Dead Redemption’s PC crash error on outdated graphics card drivers and recommended that users update their files.]
[UPDATE 2: The latest update to the Rockstar Games Launcher aims to fix crash errors experienced by Red Dead Redemption 2 PC players when attempting to start the game.]
[UPDATE 3: Rockstar has now recommended disabling anti-virus software, updating the Rockstar Launcher and clearing local profile details]
[UPDATE 4: New Red Dead Redemption 2 and Rockstar Games Launcher updates have been released in a bid to reduce crash errors being experienced by PC players.]
Alternatively, Rockstar suggests booting the game in safe mode or updating your graphics drivers. Users can also verify their game files in the My Installed Games (Rockstar launcher) or Library (Epic Games Store) tabs.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC fix for Trend Micro
VGC reader Steve Nurse saids: “I made an exception in TrendMicro MaxSec for rdr2.exe and lauched. The monitor said input not supported, switched monitor off and back on and got the Rockstar calibration screen. I changed the exception to the reddead folder and it works now.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC fix for Avast
VGC reader Markuvines writes: “Disabled Avast and Windows Firewall and game launched fine. Also disabled Discord, Skype. Hope this help some one.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC fix for Bitdefender
VGC reader Topper said: “add the .exe to all exceptions, firewall, threat etc.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC fix for AVG
Some users are reporting that disabling AVG or adding the game to its list of exceptions will fix the crash.
Rockstar recently detailed a range of exclusive content for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, including increased draw distances, improved shadows and lighting, plus new grass and fur textures.