Steam’s 118 Error be an annoyance to deal with, but Prima Games has you covered. We will show you what Error 118 in Steam is and how you can fix it, hopefully without much trouble. Here’s what you need to know
How to Solve Fix 118 in Steam
When you receive Error 118 in Steam, it indicates that you might be having an Internet connection issue. Probably not a major issue, though – it’s just that your Steam Client is not able to connect to the Steam Servers successfully.
Let’s go through some potential factors that can cause Error 118 to appear:
- Check your Internet Connection
This goes without saying. If your Internet Connection is not working you need to fix this first. Contact your ISP if necessary to inquire about potential outages and fixes to the issue. Believe it or not, this may also happen if your Internet cables are damaged or deteriorated.
- Restart Steam so that you can force an update (if Steam has forgotten to do this on its own)
- Check if your Firewall is blocking Steam for any reason
If you are using the Windows Firewall, open up the search bar, type “Windows Firewall” and open the “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall” that pops up. There, you need to click the Administrator button “Change Settings” at the top and scroll all the way down to the letter “S” to see if Steam is on the list and if it’s allowed or not.
If it’s not allowed, fill in the checkboxes. If it’s not on the list, click the “Allow another app” below and find Steam.exe.
If you are using a third-party firewall, consult your manual or product support.
- Check if any new program you have installed recently is causing interference
For this, you need to go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a Program. Then sort the programs by the “Installed On” category. Remove a recent program, reboot your Windows and try using Steam again.
- Check your computer for viruses, PUPs, trojans, malware, adware, DNS hijackers, and all that bad stuff
From time to time, you should check your PC for malicious software that tries to live rent-free in your system. Due to various reasons, we are not in a position to recommend any non-stock software of this kind.
- Try connecting to Steam through a different Internet connection
You can either hook up to a different Internet connection via cable or Wi-Fi, (or change the method of connection on the same network from cable to Wi-Fi or vice versa) or just try connecting to Steam through VPN for testing purposes.
- If all else fails, get in touch with Steam Support
And make sure to let them know about all the troubleshooting steps you have gone through on your own, because it narrows it down the issues, speeds up the response time, cuts out an additional correspondence step, etc.
Thank you for stopping by Prima Games! We hope that this has solved Error 118 for you.