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Windows 7: Net based programs like Steam causing problems for Firefox

16 Apr 2017   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Net based programs like Steam causing problems for Firefox

OK, really not sure if this is the right place to post this (because I have no clue what is happening) but over the last few days (maybe coincidentally since the last Windows update) whenever I open a Steam app then close it, Firefox takes forever to open a page (loads fine, just doesn't open anything), and even if I try opening a Steam app again I get 'failed connection' or equivalent. I have to reboot to open Firefox again (or Steam).
I've checked everything I can think of; processes, port allocation, anti-virus (I use Avast)... I've run CCleaner, Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D... I've updated (or checked updates) for graphics drivers, even Java, and nothing. I've run out of places to look! It is getting really annoying. Any help appreciated.

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19 Apr 2017   #2

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

Have you tried uninstalling Steam and then reinstalling it? Same for F.F.? Does it do this with any other browser?
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19 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Hi, and thanks for the response. I've isolated the problem to a game launched from Steam rather than Steam itself. I've tested Steam alone and it doesn't cause the problems, but if I launch the game from the .exe (bypassing the Steam launcher) the symptoms occur. Firefox just updated itself with a full over write, but the issue is continuing. I'm in contact with the game developers and they're looking into it. I'll keep this thread open for a bit longer, but it's looking far less like a Windows 7 problem than it did at first.
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