View Full Version : AC3 punkbuster boots me off server

12-08-2016, 08:46 PM
After I register, I get the following message after I click the ok button. "PunkBuster booted {user name} (after 0 minutes) Restriction: Service Communication Failure:pnkbstrA.exe" Then I get the dashboard screen with no way to exit the game ( except Ctrl+Alt+Del). Why am I getting this error? Is there any way I can play the single player game offline?

12-09-2016, 03:42 AM
I am having the same issue and same exact message only I get it for multiplayer. Are you sure you are starting the single player game?

12-09-2016, 07:42 AM
I am having the same problem in single player and multi-player mode

12-09-2016, 08:08 PM
Ubi30 AC3 download getting you down? Punkbuster punking you?

Well hopefully this will help save you from Googling!
(I had the same issue)

As per: http://steamcommunity.com/app/208480/discussions/0/810925579973285478/
(the first result in my search)

It hates you. Plain & simple.

From: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/en/forum/threadview/2832654347909712665/
(linked in first result)

If it hates you enough to stop working, you have to slap it. (<--legit, even the site says so: http://www.punkbuster.com/faq.php#kicked)


Exit game & Uplay.

Go to: http://www.punkbuster.com/downloads.php & download the PunkBuster Service Installer (pbsvc). I ran it right from browser, you can run it how you like it.

After install it initializes a 'self-test' in the installer. Everything came back fine for me.

Loaded Uplay, clicked the game & BEHOLD!
(if you want the singleplayer campaign you still will have to go through a quick 7 step tutorial on multiplayer - just hit "quit" when it prompts you to start the second one)

That should do it, if not then my initial advice would be to try the PunkBuster Setup (PBSetup) on their download page (top item) as I came across references to basically it's ****ing up because it didn't install right & the Service Installer didn't work for 100% of the people who responded.
Hope this helps someone, was kinda fun to type out all sleep deprived...

12-09-2016, 11:13 PM
No download needed. Go to:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Assassin's Creed III\redist\PunkBuster

Install pbsvc.exe

- NOTE: This is not a repair! This is a new installation!

Then go to Control panel -----> Windows Firewall -------> Advanced settings ------> Inbound Rules

You will find


Keep only 1 PnkbstrA and 1 PnkbstrB, delete both the other two.
Double click ------> Programs and services -----> "All programs that need the specified condition" (on each file)

- NOTE: A PC restart may need to get the fix.