What is SteamService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the SteamService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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SteamService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SteamService
SteamService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Steam Client Service or Steam Client Service (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave04) or Steam Client Service (buildbot_winslave01_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave01) or Steam Client Service (buildbot_buildbot_steam_rel_client_win32@buildbot) or Steam Client Service (buildbot_winslave04_steam_steam_rel_client_hotfix_win32@winslave04) or Steam Client Service (buildbot_winslave01_steam_steam_rel_client_win32@winslave01)

belongs to software Steam Client Service

by Valve (

Description: SteamService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SteamService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 836,176 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 835,664 bytes and 39 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. The SteamService.exe file is not a Windows core file. SteamService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SteamService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SteamService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Steam.exe lief in C/Programme/Steam/Steam.exe, SteamService lief in Gemeinsame Dokumente ist denk mal ein Trojaner.
Die steamservice exe wird für Steam gebraucht... sie ist wichtig für Steam aber nicht gefährlich.
  Fabian   (further information)
Contains a Trojan gen as far as AVAST told me.
Completely harmless. It is an important component of Steam, which is a trusted online game service provider and DRM. Valve, the creator of Steam, is completely legitimate. If any software says this is a virus, it's a false positive.
SteamService is necessary to run certain games such as Skyrim. It is not necessary to run if you are not running those games. Simply turn it off.
  Carl Smith  

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Summary: Average user rating of SteamService.exe: based on 7 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think SteamService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SteamService.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SteamService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SteamService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SteamService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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