Version 6 of ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) and ESET business products were released in North America December 11th, 2014, and globally February 25th, 2015.This article applies to version 5.x and earlier ESET business products.The list below does not address every firewall application that could cause an issue, nor does it address viruses/spyware.
Any applications running in the background may negatively affect your games or Steam itself.
Certain applications can lead to more serious issues such as limited connectivity and game crashes.
It is highly recommended that you close all background applications before launching Steam to ensure the best performance and stability.
After you are done playing, feel free to re-enable these applications.
The applications listed below have been known to interfere with Steam and Steam games: Certain applications may load when Windows starts and are not obviously indicated.
For example, they may not appear in the Windows task bar but they may be among some of your active processes, using your system's resources.These programs may cause crashes and other difficulties using Steam and playing games.Please see the How to Disable Background Applications article to see instructions for disabling non-essential background programs and preventing background applications from silently loading when Windows starts.The following applications have been known to cause issues with Steam and playing games: - Any Anti-Virus program could potentially block Steam and Steam game access, especially when not properly configured for use with Steam.Please make sure that Steam and all Steam games are listed as exceptions in these programs.If the issue persists, please try disabling or temporarily uninstalling the program to test the issue.