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What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #26
United States Rank #27
Reach 12.0762%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 42.47 days
1252.92 days >
Average installed length: 658.31 days


VersionDistribution 37.12% 40.29%

Other programs by Valve


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; Valve expanded the service to include non-gaming software. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic management of software across multiple computers, community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality. The software provides a freely available application programming interface, Steamworks, that developers can take advantage of to integrate many of Steam's functions within their software products, including copy protection, networking and matchmaking, in-game achievements and micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop. 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.

About  (from Valve)

We have over 2,000 games from Action to Indie and everything in-between. Enjoy exclusive deals, automatic game updates and other great perks. Meet new people, join game groups, form clans, chat in-game and more! With over 40 million potential friends (or enemies), the fun never stops. Gift your friends, trade items, an...  Read more
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Adds a Windows Service

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.steampowered.com
Help link: support.steampowered.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\eraserdropportable
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{048298C9-A4D3-490B-9FF9-AB023A9238F3}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.53 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Steam

Program executable:eraserdropportable.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\eraserdropportable\eraserdropportable.exe
Additional files:
  • steam.exe - Steam Client Bootstrapper
  • steamservice.exe - Steam Client Service
  • AppOverlay.dll - Steam Application Overlay Renderer (Steam Application Overlay)
  • AppOverlay64.dll
  • crashhandler.dll - Steam Crash Handler Library
  • crashhandler64.dll
  • GameOverlayRenderer.dll - Steam Game Overlay Renderer
  • GameOverlayRenderer64.dll
  • GameOverlayUI.exe - Steam
  • steamclient.dll
  • steamclient64.dll
  • steamerrorreporter.exe
  • steamerrorreporter64.exe
  • SteamUI.dll - SteamUI Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s.dll - tier0_s Dynamic Link Library
  • tier0_s64.dll
  • vstdlib_s.dll - vstdlib_ s.dll
  • Steam.dll
  • vstdlib_s64.dll
  • streaming_client.exe
  • SDL2.dll - Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL)
  • video.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • steam.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F379847F-E7EF-4084-9B2F-B87B28202FA4}' (runs on registration).
  • SteamTmp.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{694711D6-27A0-4D68-8836-D5F25B163A59}' (runs on registration).
  • GameOverlayUI.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{98D22EE8-FBCE-4B0A-A638-4A27C81582F5}' (runs on registration).
  • steamservice.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{AD106B72-8BAD-448A-A141-14F1E728DB6C}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • Steam.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Steam 2.
  • steamservice.exe runs as a service named 'Steam Client Service' (Steam Client Service) "Steam Client Service monitors and updates Steam content".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • 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.
  • SteamTmp.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.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • Steam.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Steam' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" -silent.
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • Steam.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\giochi\Steam\Steam.exe'.
  • steamservice.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe'.
  • SteamTmp.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe'.
Network connections
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • Steam.exe connects to a96-7-41-160.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com ( port 80).
  • Steam.exe connects to (port 27018).
  • steam.exe connects to unknown.hwng.net ( port 27017).
  • steam.exe connects to VALVE-CORPO.edge4.London2.Level3.net ( port 80).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).
  • steam.exe connects to PROGRESS-TE.edge3.NewYork1.Level3.net ( port 27031).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27019).
  • steam.exe connects to 208-64-200-203.steampowered.com ( port 27019).
  • steam.exe connects to (port 27017).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:135.83 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002740424%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00018112%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00009292%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:21,119,105
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:15.66 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:110.91 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:8.59 MB
Total CPU:0.0000065717%
Kernel CPU:0.00000131%
User CPU:0.00000526%
CPU cycles/sec:1,256,532
I/O reads/min:446 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
Memory:21.35 MB
Total CPU:0.0004747990%
Kernel CPU:0.00032078%
User CPU:0.00015402%
CPU cycles/sec:16,959,400
I/O reads/min:35.45 KB
I/O writes/min:3.3 KB

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.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 49.64%
Windows 7 47.72%
Windows Vista 1.62%
Windows XP 1.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.93%
Windows 10 Home 13.95%
Windows 8.1 13.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.43%
Windows 7 Professional 7.62%
Windows 10 Pro 6.33%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.22%
  United Kingdom 5.56%
  Germany 5.45%
  France 4.46%
  Canada 3.55%
  Italy 2.14%
  Brazil 2.11%
  Australia 2.10%
  Netherlands 1.79%
  Sweden 1.59%
  Spain 1.09%
  DK 1.09%
  Poland 1.06%
  Norway 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 22.17%
ASUS 18.04%
Acer 16.21%
Dell 14.51%
Lenovo 7.52%
Toshiba 4.85%
Alienware 3.04%
Samsung 2.79%
MSI 2.56%
Intel 0.81%
Common models
ASUS All Series 12.20%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.98%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.09%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.86%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.76%
LENOVO 20378 1.84%

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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Anonymousover a year ago
There's a mistake on the page -- the "Installation folder" isn't the default, or even most used one. Steam is usually installed to "C:\Program Files\Steam" or "C:\Steam", due to its portability and need to install games into its own folder.