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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 does steam.exe run?

Process - Steam.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. Steam.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does steam.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - Steam.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Steam' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\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.
Scheduled task - Steam.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{45906D7A-2C01-4F72-B6FF-BA90BBDA3E74}'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the steam.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of steam.exe users, 33.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Steam?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is Steam.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00108% CPU10756.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
230.39 MB RAM1069.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
6,094 /min270.5%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
807 GDI objects538.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
607 context switches/sec607.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\steam\steam.exe

Are there other versions of Steam?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Steam.

What else is related?

Steam Stability

steam.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)

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
Publisher: Valve Corporation (verified)
Name: Steam
Description: Steam
Version: 1.0.1595.686
Product version:
Size: 1.29 MB
Original file name: Steam.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Valve
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 11/24/2009
Expiration date: 11/23/2012

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0025027453%
Privileged CPU: 0.0014270851%
User CPU: 0.00107566014487%
Privileged CPU time: 168745814.7 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 26,127 ms
CPU cycle count: 254,249,348
CPU cycle count /min: 490,921,948
Context switches /sec: 607
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 552.86 MB
Peak committed memory: 622.58 MB
Paged memory: 230.39 MB
Peak paged memory: 278.3 MB
Paged system memory: 475.19 KB
Non-paged system memory: 82.72 KB
Working set memory: 84.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 203.63 MB
Min working set memory: 18.17 MB
Private memory: 230.39 MB
Page faults: 5,213,598
Page faults /min: 3,189
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 2,111,691
Read operations /min: 2,647
Total read transfer: 274.84 MB
Read transfer /min: 4.27 MB
Total write operations: 2,907,063
Write operations /min: 3,447
Total write transfer: 335.15 MB
Write transfer /min: 5.28 MB
Total other operations: 8,850,386
Other operations /min: 5,779
Total other transfer: 140.85 MB
Other Transfer /min: 146.33 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 807
Peak GDI objects: 812
USER objects: 112
Peak USER objects: 126
Handle count average: 805
Thread count average: 48
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent
"C:\Program Files\steam\Steam.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent
"C:\Program Files\Steam\steam.exe" "steaC://rungameid/207890"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Steam
Command: "C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent

Scheduled task details

Name: \{E859A215-F063-4F4F-90DF-8477E5C20065}

Network connectivity

TCP: VALVE-CORPO.car2.Philadelphia1.Level3.net on port 58131
TCP: cm-04.lux.valve.net on port 49364
TCP: cdn-178-79-196-253.pmo.llnw.net on port 62820
UDP: LISTENING on port 64692
UDP: LISTENING on port 49153
UDP: LISTENING on port 49184
UDP: LISTENING on port 61400
UDP: LISTENING on port 55921
UDP: LISTENING on port 52950
UDP: LISTENING on port 63519
TCP: on port 49239
UDP: LISTENING on port 59195

Image hashes

MD5: e3cd0a561f3aabe8607bf1474f4ae1dd
SHA-1: 1ecf30527f7408ce8c53c9b89340dd9425e898b2
SHA-256: 5c241f56dec4d98ea00888906eb564d9bd4dee97a6a7996e281f7a4e5d076d46

PE image details

File entropy: 6.47103
File packed: No
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