Occasionally due to updates or system configuration, anti-virus programs have been known to interfere with Steam and Football Manager.
Because of this, we recommend if you encounter issues, setting up your anti-virus to make sure it is not conflicting with the game. Please add Steam and Football Manager to your exceptions. How to do this will depend on your anti-virus, we very much suggest you searching online on the programs website for details on how to do this.
For clarification by default Steam and Football Manager will be installed in the following locations:
Steam – C:\Program Files\Steam
Football Manager - C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2017
If this doesn't help and you are still having issues, as a test we would suggest that you uninstalling the anti-virus program. If you have a paid for version please back up the activation code before doing so. This is the best way to know for sure, as we've had examples in the past even when exceptions or the anti-virus program is disabled it's still caused issues.
If you choose to do so, we recommend turning on Windows Firewall/Windows Defender. On OS’s earlier than Windows 8 or 8.1 we’d recommend installing Microsoft Security Essentials which is solid, free and doesn't conflict with Steam or FM. If you run Windows 8.1 or 10 you will already have Windows Defender installed, we would not suggest installing another anti-virus as well as this can sometimes cause conflicting issues.
Once you have setup your anti-virus as above (either with exceptions or uninstalled), we’d suggest uninstalling and reinstalling Football Manager. Details on how to uninstall the game can be found HERE.
Edited by Neil Brock