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Startup program entry details:

Steam (Steam.exe)

This page expands upon the information already available for this entry in the Pacman's Portal Windows start-up programs database.

Not required or not recommended - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

For further information on how to identify and disable startup programs please visit the Introduction page.


Valve Corporation's STEAM broadband game client. Steam is Valve's way of getting games into your hands ASAP. Games like Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike and even non-Valve games like DOOM 2 and BioShock are available through Steam. Steam games are automatically kept up-to-date with the latest content and revisions the client also includes an instant-message client which even works while you're in-game

Startup information:

Registry (Start → Run → regedit)

MSConfig (Start → Run → msconfig → Startup)

Windows Defender (Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Tools → Software Explorer)

Log examples:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Steam] "C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe" -silent

Other information:


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