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What is steam.exe?

Part of Steam by Valve

What is it?

Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer platform developed by Valve. It is used to distribute games and related media online. 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 provides digital rights management (DRM) for software titles, by providing "custom executable generation" for executable files that are unique for each user.
Description of steam.exe from Valve
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How is steam.exe loaded?

Startup files (user) run - steam.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Steam' and the execution command 'C:\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe -silent' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the steam.exe file.Of the 0.1% of steam.exe users, 15.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

About Valve Corporation

Valve Corporation (also known as Valve Software or simply Valve) is an American video game development and digital distribution company made famous by its highl More...
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File details

File name: steam.exe
Name: Steam
Description: Steam
Size: 1.03 MB
Original file name: Steam.exe

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Steam
Command: C:\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe -silent

Image hashes

MD5: a407ecf8ac26ac7460a14171267e4467
SHA-1: 0c457b4e8174bd54bfd618b3bac8e86043023b9d
SHA-256: 6cc8e6914fa8711f82caf6a8b4425a802d62b2e1e16e1c253e6dbf138e7dfb93

PE image details

File packed: No
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