Rust not launching due to EAC not being able to connect

Whenever I launch Rust since the past while it won’t launch and crashes with an error.
“Could not connect to the EasyAntiCheat network!”

I’ve googled the shit out of this, tried to uninstall/reinstall EAC as per the files in the rust client but still no dice.

I’m running Windows 10 if that matters and I’ve tried switching off all filtering/antivirus/etc programs that could be affecting things and pretty much everything at this stage and it still won’t work.

EDIT: nevermind turns out windows firewall is being stupid. can admin please delete/close this thread