Sometimes, Windows can randomly suspend some of Steam’s crucial background services/processes for not having enough permissions. This can interrupt Steam’s overall process and prevent it from running smoothly.
Follow the steps below to clear out the Browser and Download cache file.
Click Steam on the menu bar and select Settings.
Switch to the Downloads tab and hit the Clear Cache button. Click on Confirm to delete cache files. You will also need to re-login to your Steam account.
Next, switch to In Game and click the Delete button. Hit the Confirm button to close the prompt.
Repair Steam Files
SteamService.exe is a core file in the client application that handles important background processes such as loading the store page, updating game files, syncing user profiles and games save files to the cloud, etc.
Any issues with the file can cause the Steam client application to malfunction and freeze up.
To repair a problematic SteamService.exe file, you can run a command line in the run terminal. But first, make sure to close the Steam Client Application fully.
Open the Run Command by pressing the Windows + R shortcut keys.
Type in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\SteamService.exe /repair and press Enter. Click Yes on the User Account Control Prompt.
A terminal will briefly appear and close automatically.
Launch Steam normally.
Disable Compatibility Mode
Running Steam in compatibility mode can cause conflict with Steam’s features and functionalities, so much so that even Valve recommends their users to turn it off to avoid any conflicts.
Here’s how you can turn off compatibility mode.
Open the Steam installation folder or navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam”.
Right-click on steam.exe and select Properties.
Switch to the Compatibility tab.
Uncheck the Run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox.
Hit Apply, then OK.
Check Your Memory Usage
Like any other Windows application, Steam requires sufficient memory to run all its processes and services smoothly.
If your system’s RAM capacity is low or if you’re running multiple memory-hogging applications simultaneously, then Steam will likely freeze frequently and crash.
Some third-party antivirus software (like Bitdefender, Norton, or CCleaner) often bundle service packages that monitor and control online processes. Sometimes, these processes can falsely block Steam services and create conflicts.
You can verify this issue by running Steam while temporarily turning off the antivirus software. If the software is causing the issue, you can either disable it or add Steam services to the exception list.