How To Bypass Shadow Ban in World of Warcraft – Detailed Guide 2022

Shadow bans on World of Warcraft are the hardest to bypass since apart from your IP address being blacklisted, there are also one or multiple hardware parts with unique identifiers that are banned as well.

World of Warcraft shadowbans last from a few days to several weeks, and after that, your account will have to pass another check and it will be decided if you get permanently banned, aka HWID/IP banned, or your account gets back to its normal state.

If you are still unsure what’s going on with your account, you might be asking, what is a shadowban on World of Warcraft?

Shadowban on World of Warcraft is when specific features of your account are restricted/limited/prohibited but there is no indication for that. You are not prohibited from playing World of Warcraft, but your account will be limited until the game decides if they should ban your account permanently or reinstate it.

To bypass the shadowban on World of Warcraft with 100% success, you should do every step of this guide in the same exact order as shown below and not skip a single one.

How To Bypass Shadow Ban in World of Warcraft - Detailed Guide 2022

SLOTHYTECH DOESN’T TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

The content you will find in this post is for educational and research purposes only.

You are not encouraged to use these methods or techniques.

I’ve collected into a folder all the files and tools you will need to change your HWIDs, IP / MAC addresses, and bypass the shadow Ban on World of Warcraft.

Shadow Ban Bypass Files

YOU CAN FOLLOW THIS GUIDE WITHOUT DOWNLOADING MY FILES.

YOU CAN FIND ALL THE OFFICIAL SOURCES IN EACH STEP OF THE ARTICLE AND DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING BY YOURSELF AND DO EVERYTHING MANUALLY IF YOU WISH TO.

The files were updated on July 2022 to keep up with the latest World of Warcraft Updates.

OR

Receive the files on your E-mail

(You will also receive emails when there is a new patch/update)

Download the files, extract them, and move the HWID Bypass folder to your C: drive.

https://youtu.be/W5GzVIygef0

Step 1 – Uninstall World of Warcraft and clear all traces.

The first and most important thing you’ll have to do is to completely uninstall World of Warcraft and the launcher and make sure to clear every single file related to them. We want to ensure that no files are left on the PC that could link you back to the World of Warcraft shadowban.

Navigate to the Control Panel and choose the option Programs.

Programs option on Control Panel.

Next, click on Programs & Features option.

Programs & Features

Locate World of Warcraft and the launcher, right-click on it, and choose Uninstall.

Now let’s start clearing up all trace files left on your PC. Please double click on each shortcut on the first folder of the files, look for folders/files related to World of Warcraft and the launcher, and delete them.

Locations to delete World of Warcraft leftovers after uninstalling it.

These are the locations you will find in the shortcuts:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)
  • C:\Program Files
  • C:\%userprofile%\Documents\
  • C:\%localappdata%
  • C:\%programdata%
  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local
  • + more every time they get updated.

Once you delete everything related to World of Warcraft from all these locations, the next thing you will have to do is to delete some leftovers in the registry.

Press Windows Key + R, and type Regedit.

regedit

A window should pop up. You will have to do now to copy each of the locations below, paste them into the registry search bar, and then look for any folders related to World of Warcraft/launcher and delete them.

registry locations
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\
  • HKLM\Software\WOW6432Node\
  • + more locations on the files.

At each location, you will see a lot of folders on the left side.

Right-click on any folder related to World of Warcraft and the Launcher and choose Delete.

delete registries

That’s it, by clearing all those files, you just made sure there is no way those files can link you back to the shadow ban.

Step 2 – Change your Disk’s Serial Number

VolumeID by Microsoft is used to change the disk’s serial number/ID.

Hard drives are one of the most common hardware parts that get blacklisted on an World of Warcraft shadowban. Luckily, changing your hard drives’ serial number is effortless to bypass, and it won’t cause any issues on your hard drives or files if you follow the steps below.

Below you can find how to change the serial numbers of all of your hard drives.

Navigate to the folder with the files you previously downloaded and go to step 2. You should see a file named “Change Disk IDs“. Right-click on it, and choose “Run as administrator“.

It will open a command prompt with all your drives, and it will ask you which drive ID you would like to change. Type just the letter of the Drive and hit enter.

Script to change Disk IDs (Volume Serial Numbers)

Press any key to continue, and your drives SN should be changed(you will see the confirmation message).

Do the same thing for the other drives once you get a message that the drive ID has been changed successfully. Once you’ve changed all of your drive ids, move on to the next step of the guide.

https://youtu.be/OmC2mCbisuo

If you want to change the Drive ID manually or revert the changes, follow the steps below:

Run the “Change Disk IDs.cmd” file as administrator and close it directly. We are doing this only to move the required files on the C drive.

Run CMD as administrator and type the following commands: 

  • cd c:/
  • Now for every disk that you have, type -> vol (Disk letter): for example, if you have two disks, let’s say, C & D. You will have to type the following commands: 
    • vol c:
    • vol d:
    • Copy the Volume Serial Number of your disks in a separate text file and save it.
How to find out the serial number of your hard drives.
  • volumeid c: (type the Volume Serial Number you saved before, and change the last two digits to whatever you want) Example: If the previous Volume Serial Number was AB98-1233 , type the command -> volumeid c: AB98-1211
  • Do the same for the rest of the disks(if you have any)
  • You should get a message the volume id is updated.
How to change the serial number of your hard drivers to bypass the shadow ban on World of Warcraft.

Okay, that’s it, you’ve successfully changed the hard drives’ serial numbers IDs, and you are one step closer to bypassing the shadow ban from World of Warcraft. 

Step 3 – Change HWIDs of everything.

AMIWIN64 is used in this step.

Now it’s time to change the system UUID, Baseboard serial number, System Serial, Chassis serial, etc. This is where all the magic happens. We are going to change every single hardware identifier that World of Warcraft flags on a shadow ban.

Navigate to “STEP 3 – Change HWIDS” folder, right-click on the “Change ALL HWIDs.cmd” file and choose “Run as administrator“.

HWID Bypass Script, spoofer, cleaner to bypass World of Warcraft shadow ban.

Then you will be asked to press any key to continue changing your HWIDs and the command prompt will show you upfront your new HWIDs for every hardware part.

How to change all HWIDs and bypass the shadowban(Step 1)

Once you press any button to continue, your Command Prompt should look something like the one below.

How to change all HWIDs and bypass the shadowban(Step 2)

You’ve successfully changed all your systems HWIDs, and you are ready to move on to the next step.

https://youtu.be/tOxoVQTX5EE

Step 4 – Edit HWID Registry keys

Next, you will need to edit a few registry keys that could link you back to the World of Warcraft shadowban. Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to edit all registry keys that could possibly link you back to the shadowban.

Press Win Key + R on your keyboard, and a small window on the bottom left should appear. Type “Regedit” and hit enter.

How to access registry editor in Windows.

Now copy this path -> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography and paste it into the search bar on the top side.

Location of an HWID value.

Go to the GUID Generator website, click on the button to generate a new GUID, and copy it.

GUID Generator

On the right side of the registry window, you should see the “MachineGuid” key. Double click on it, replace the GUID with the generated one, and click OK.

How to change GUID to bypass World of Warcraft shadowban.

Again, copy this path -> Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\IDConfigDB\Hardware Profiles\0001 and paste it into the search bar on the top side.

Go to the GUID Generator website, click on the button to generate a new GUID, and copy it.

On the right side of the registry window, you should see the “HwProfileGuid” key. Double click on it, replace the id with the generated one, and click OK.

How to change the 2nd GUID to bypass shadowban on World of Warcraft.

Now let’s move on to the next step!

https://youtu.be/805RdxsIrWs

Step 5 – Mask & Setup your IP Address

Your IP address is the most crucial security step that will even make or break everything you did above to bypass the World of Warcraft shadowban. The best way to change your IP address is to use a VPN service or a proxy server(Proxys need an excellent setup to avoid disconnections and unhiding your IP, so let’s stick with the VPN).

This is the most commonly asked question. Do I need a VPN? YES! You do. If you don’t use a new IP, your new World of Warcraft account will get linked to your shadowban, and it will be shadowbanned again, sometimes instantly or after a few hours/days.

Do I need to play the game with a VPN connection at all times? Yes, that’s one of the reasons I recommend getting NordVPN because you will have the lowest ping possible on World of Warcraft.

Why not use a Free VPN? Slow speed, high ping, and disconnections all the time which can leak your IP and get you banned instantly again. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and try yourself.

I can’t find a completely free method because you will need a VPN 100% to play World of Warcraft again, but you can get NordVPN for 3.29$ per month, which is the best possible solution I can think of.

How to correctly set up the VPN to protect you from getting your actual IP address seen by World of Warcraft:

https://youtu.be/usJp9-TOrkM

Step 6 – Change your MAC address.

The next thing that immediately gets banned by World of Warcraft after the IP address on any ban as well as the shadowban, is the MAC address, so you have to make sure you have a different one. Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to change your MAC address on any Windows machine.

Navigate to Settings.

Settings Windows

Click on Network & Internet.

Network & Internet Windows

Click on “Change adapter options“.

How to change adapter settings in Windows

Right-click on your primary internet adapter and click on “Properties“.

Adapter Properties

Choose Client for Microsoft Networks, and click Configure.

Client for Microsoft Networks configuration

Navigate to the Advanced tab and choose Network Address.

Now go to this website, generate a new mac address, copy it, and paste it to the Network address box.

How to change MAC address on network adapter in Windows to bypass the shadowban on World of Warcraft.

Click OK, and you will be disconnected for a few seconds/minutes from the internet. No worries, it will get back up.

Now do the same thing for the NordVPN adapter. Right-Click on the NordVPN adapter and choose Properties.

Configuring the NordVPN adapter.

Choose “Client for Microsoft Networks” and click “Configure“. Navigate to the Advanced tab, choose MAC Address, and paste a newly generated MAC address from the generator.

How to change MAC address of NordVPN adapter in Windows to bypass the shadowban on World of Warcraft.
https://youtu.be/vbWlSqDHVjA

Once you’ve changed your ethernet/wifi adapter and the NordVPN’s adapter, MAC Address, proceed to the next step.

If the above method didn’t work for you or some options were missing

Download Technitium MAC Address Changer and follow the instructions below.

There is a program to change your MAC address in the previously downloaded files. Select your Network Connections, click on the “Random MAC Address” button, and click “Change Now!“.

Change MAC Address to bypass shadowban on World of Warcraft.
https://youtu.be/kORZ3QJNV2U

Step 7 – Create or buy a new game account.

Now that you got everything ready, it’s time to create a new World of Warcraft account or buy a cheap one from one of these websites: MMOGA, MMOGAH.

Navigate to the World of Warcraft Official Website and create a new account with new details. 

TIPS:

  • Use the most commonly used email providers ( Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Protonmail, etc.) Avoid temporary emails.
  • The same goes for the phone number. Don’t use the free numbers you’ll find on websites on the internet. Instead, use a phone number you never used before, get a cheap number for 3.49$/Month from Tossable Digits.
  • Don’t use Russian Numbers until further notice.

Step 8 – Create a new Windows User.

Recently I updated this guide to avoid reinstalling Windows from scratch, but instead of that, you will have to create a new Windows user. Pretty easy to do so; follow the steps shown in the video below.

https://youtu.be/P0Y2iX-6pS4

Step 9 – Change Monitor HWID

In some rare cases, your monitor serial might get banned as well. I would say that it’s worth changing it since the process is straightforward and quick. To change your Monitors ID Serial, follow the steps below:

Navigate to the folder -> STEP 9 – Change Monitor HWID, right-click on CRU.exe, and choose “Run as Administrator“.

Run CRU as Administrator

On the top side of the Custom Resolution Utility app, choose your Monitor/s and click on the “Edit” button.

How to edit your monitor's properties, settings, resolution, and hwids from Windows.

Change the value of the ID Serial and click OK.

Change Monitor ID Serial Number - HWID
https://youtu.be/X7JbOIHZNCw

Step 10 – Hide Mouse, Keyboard, and Controller serial numbers.

Getting your mouse, keyboard, controller, and other peripherals banned or flagged is rare, and it mostly happens in manual HWID bans. Since it will only take you one to two minutes to hide all your peripheral serial numbers, I recommend doing it to be safe.

I never needed to hide any of my peripherals ID to bypass the shadowban on all the tests I’ve done on different games. Still, many people have been sending me messages to include it as part of the solution since it helped many of them.

Below you can find step-by-step instructions on how to hide your mouse, keyboard, controller, and any computer peripheral serial number:

Navigate to the “STEP 10 – Change Mouse, Keyboard, Controller, SNs” folder or download USBDeview, right-click on USBDeview.exe , and choose “Run as administrator“.

Showing how to: Right-click on USBDeview.exe , and choose "Run as administrator"

Locate your Mouse, right-click on it, and select “Open In RegEdit“.

Change controller, mouse, keyboard, and peripherals IDs and HWIDs.

Right-click on the marked folder on Registry Editor and choose “Permissions“. A window will pop up, and you should find the “Read” column and tick the “Deny” option. Once you do that, click Apply and OK.

Deny Reading Peripherals Serial ID

Repeat the same steps for your keyboard and controller(if you have one).

https://youtu.be/8nD4P8nYNyQ

Step 11 – Download and Install the game.

Now it’s time to go ahead and download World of Warcraft and install it on your computer.

Please navigate to the official website of World of Warcraft, download it, install it, and log in with your new account.

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