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Should I remove Steam?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,006
United States Rank #3,966
Reach 0.1955%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 27.81 days
820.43 days >
Average installed length: 431.08 days


VersionDistribution 0.08% 98.26%

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What is Steam?

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online, from small independent developers to larger software houses. Steam's primary service is to allow its users to download games and other software that they have in their virtual software library to their local computers. Steam-integrated games are stored as single non-compressed archive files with the extension .gcf (an acronym for game cache file). Steam allocates space on the user's hard disk for .gcf files before downloading in order to reduce fragmentation which may occur when downloading large files and performing disk access. Game cache files help to make games more portable, stop users from accidentally overwriting important files, allow for easy modification of resources, and allows for validation of content for errors. Steam provides digital rights management (DRM) for software titles, by providing "custom executable generation" for executable files that are unique for each user, but allow that user to install the software on multiple computing devices via Steam or through software backups without limitations. As such, the user is required to have started Steam while connected to the Internet for authentication prior to playing a game, or have previously set up Steam in an "offline" mode while connected online, storing their credentials locally to play without an Internet connection. Steam includes a digital storefront called the Steam Store, through which users can purchase computer games digitally.


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is Steam.exe. The software installer includes 68 files and is usually about 1.05 MB (1,098,752 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{048298C9-A4D3-490B-9FF9-AB023A9238F3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.05 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Steam

Program executable:Steam.exe
Name:Steam Client Bootstrapper
Signed by:Valve
Additional files:
  • appoverlay.dll - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay ([email protected]))
  • appoverlay64.dll - Steam Application Overlay ([email protected])
  • steamui.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library (SteamUI Dynamic Link Library ([email protected]))
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library (tier0_s Dynamic Link Library ([email protected]))
  • tier0_s64.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library ([email protected])
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library (Steam Crash Handler Library ([email protected]))
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • gameoverlayrenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer (Steam Game Overlay Renderer ([email protected]))
  • gameoverlayrenderer64.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer ([email protected])
  • steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper (Steam Client Bootstrapper ([email protected]))
  • cserhelper.dll - CSER Helper (Debug Helper Routines)
  • gameoverlayui.exe - Steam (gameoverlayui.exe ([email protected]))
  • steam.dll - Steam Client Engine
  • Steam2.dll
  • steamclient.dll - Steamclient.dll ([email protected])
  • steamclient64.dll - Steamclient.dll ([email protected])
  • steamerrorreporter.exe - steamerrorreporter.exe ([email protected])
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe - steamerrorreporter.exe
  • SteamTmp.exe
  • streaming_client.exe
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll ([email protected])
  • vstdlib_s64.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll ([email protected])
  • writeminidump.exe - Win32 MiniDump Helper

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{8DEEE235-DC3E-4E80-A274-3A4B5A9B885E}' (runs on registration).
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • SteamTmp.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam' and executes as C:\Windows10Upgrade\Steam.exe -silent.
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Steam' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
Network connections
  • steam.exe connects to unknown.hwng.net ( port 27017).
  • steam.exe connects to PROGRESS-TE.edge3.NewYork1.Level3.net ( port 27031).
  • steam.exe connects to cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • steam.exe connects to cm-04.lux.valve.net ( port 27018).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27030).
  • steam.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.car2.Philadelphia1.Level3.net ( port 27031).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:235.54 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001196377%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00006029%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00005935%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:70,983,162
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:1.59 MB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.47 MB
105.02 KB average
Memory:36.47 MB
Total CPU:0.0126768236%
Kernel CPU:0.00708749%
User CPU:0.00558933%
CPU cycles/sec:30,822,598
I/O reads/min:633.64 KB
I/O writes/min:29.26 KB
Memory:230.39 MB
Total CPU:0.0025027453%
Kernel CPU:0.00142709%
User CPU:0.00107566%
CPU cycles/sec:28,069,388
I/O reads/min:1.77 MB
I/O writes/min:2.18 MB

How do I remove Steam?

You can uninstall Steam from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Steam, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Steam.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.19%
Windows 10 22.78%
Windows Vista 11.81%
Windows XP 6.15%
Windows Server 2003 0.08%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.36%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.73%
Windows 7 Professional 7.70%
Windows 8.1 7.00%
Windows 10 Home 6.79%

Distribution by countryGeography

34.44% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 34.44%
  Italy 15.70%
  Germany 8.67%
  United Kingdom 8.55%
  France 5.22%
  Netherlands 2.90%
  Australia 2.76%
  Belgium 2.09%
  Canada 1.95%
  Poland 1.49%
  Sweden 1.13%
  Finland 1.01%
  Spain 0.99%
  Austria 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.00%
Acer 17.67%
Dell 16.64%
ASUS 14.05%
Toshiba 4.04%
Samsung 4.04%
Lenovo 2.63%
Intel 2.07%
Medion 1.50%
American Megatrends 1.32%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.26%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.63%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.01%
ASUS All Series 3.13%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.25%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.13%

About Valve

Valve is a video game development and digital distribution company through Steam best known for its critically acclaimed product, Half-Life.
Publisher URL: www.valvesoftware.com


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