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How to fix Steam error codes -7 and -130?

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Steam is a rather popular gaming platform among PC gamers. The game library is vast, and the extra features make it a delight to use.

However, like every other tech product, Steam does run into issues at times. In this article, we’re talking about Steam Error Codes -7 and -130, their causes and what you can do to resolve them.

Also read: How to change your Steam email?

What causes the Steam error -7 or -130?

These errors pop up when you’re trying to open either any of the usual Steam pages or trying to browse the internet in Steam’s in-house browser. The issue is temporary and is mostly caused by internet issues on your end. 

  • Temporary issue with your Steam client.
  • Third-party antivirus intefereing with Steam’s connection.
  • Corrupt or damaged system files for the Steam client.
  • Incorrect DNS settings on your PC.
  • Internet issues on your end.

How to fix the Steam error codes -7 and -130?

Try any of these solutions to see if they resolve the errors for you.

Power cycle your router

Restarting your router can fix a bunch of seemingly random issues with your network, which could, in turn, be causing problems with Steam. If you don’t have internet connectivity or an active connection, you’re going to get such issues on Steam.

So try restarting your router to rule out any network issues that may be causing problems.

Check Steam servers

Another thing you should do is check whether or not the service itself is working or not. Steam is used by millions across the globe, and the occasional outage here and there isn’t anything surprising. 

You can use this page to check Steam’s server status

Also read: Steam friends network unreachable: 5 Fixes

Reinstall Steam

Reinstalling Steam from scratch can also help fix the problem. This will get rid of any corrupt, damaged or missing system files that Steam needs to run properly, which might be triggering the issue for you. 

Clear the Steam browser cache

Clearing the Steam browser’s cache can also help resolve such errors.

Step 1: Open Steam, click on Steam in the top-right menu and click Settings. 

Step 2: Head over to the Web Browser section and press the Delete Web Browser Cache and the Delete All Browser Cookies buttons. 

Now restart Steam, and it should be able to connect just fine. 

Use command prompt to flush DNS

You can flush your existing outdated DNS using the command prompt.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R and type in cmd, and hit enter.

Step 2: Type in ipconfig /flushdns to reset DNS settings to default.

Also read: How to fix Steam error code 105?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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