3 ways to stop Steam Web Helper from using all RAM

Steam does a lot more than store your games. Sometimes it does a lot of things that slow down your system. Have you noticed this phenomenon on your computer? Or running out of memory errors when using Steam?

Let’s see what we can do about it.

Why is Steam using so much memory?

Steam consists of several components. Its most popular components are the download manager and game list, but it has several other features, and all these other features are powered by the Steam Client WebHelper. It’s basically a web browser powered by Steam. Each store page, friend list, and chat window creates a new instance of the Steam Client WebHelper.

Besides consuming a lot of memory in the long run, many of these cases can also affect your CPU performance. Fortunately, there are some workarounds to avoid running too many instances of WebHelper.

1. Use offline mode

screenshot of steam selecting the option

One way to prevent Internet-connected browsers from launching is to run Steam in offline mode. You can do this by typing steam from the main screen and pressing Go offline… in the drop-down menu.

This method has limitations, such as the inability to download new updates or connect to the Internet with certain games. You should learn about Steam offline mode before choosing this method.

2. Open the list of Steam minigames

Steam mini-games list screenshot

When you start Steam, it connects to the Internet in several places. The app’s most memory-intensive processes occur when it links to the latest news and developer blogs.

Fortunately, there is a way around this problem without having to go outside: it’s the mini-game list. Steam starts, but instead of opening all the services, it shows only the games present on your computer in a small window. Here’s how to open it:

  1. Open the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. From there, enter the following text string:
    steam://open/minigameslist
  3. Press the Enter key. This will resize your Steam window, forcing it to take the shape of a vertical slice instead of the more feature-rich rectangle that Steam usually defaults to.

This measure alone will reduce the number of instances of the Steam Client Web Assistant. To return to the default Steam view, select any option under the tab Display menu.

3. Create a custom batch file for minimal steam

Steam's minimal screenshot

While the previous solutions can help you save some memory, you may need something more substantial if you’re having trouble getting Steam to work on your system.

Fortunately, there is a combination of commands to completely deprive Steam of its ability to create WebHelper instances of the Steam client. There are many commands to enter at once, so we will create a batch file for this.

To create our batch file, go to the Steam installation directory. It is the same place where steam.exe can be found. Once there, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new .txt file in the Steam directory.
  2. Paste the following commands into the .txt file:
    start steam.exe -dev -console -nofriendsui -no-dwrite -nointro -nobigpicture -nofasthtml -nocrashmonitor -noshaders -no-shared-textures -disablehighdpi -cef-single-process -cef-in-process-gpu -single_core -cef-disable-d3d11 -cef-disable-sandbox -disable-winh264 -cef-force-32bit -no-cef-sandbox -vrdisable -cef-disable-breakpad
  3. Rename the .txt file. change it .text extension to .bat.

Make sure Steam is closed, then open that .bat file. Steam should launch and look like the list of Steam mini-games shown earlier. This version of Steam is extremely simple. You won’t be able to see your friends, visit the store, organize screenshots, or check the news, but you’ll be able to get Steam working on pretty much anything this way.

Steam may crash under certain circumstances using this configuration. If this is a problem, remove the command -cef-disable-breakpad from the batch file.

Go Raw with Steam

Steam offers some cool features, but not everyone needs them. If all you want from Steam is a way to view and manage your games and you don’t care about social features, then consider some of the methods above. You might be surprised how little Steam needs to run.

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