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Okay, this happened completely all of a sudden. This morning, I was getting the "-130" error message even more than normal. That's the one that says

Unknown Error, could not connect to the page

I was also unable to update any of my games. I tried:

  • restarting my computer and internet multiple times
  • I then decided to completely uninstall Steam, not just everything excluding the /SteamApps folder, there was no trace of steam on my computer afterwards.
  • I then re-downloaded the steam setup file.

The installation of Steam completed, but now that it's time for steam to do the "Checking for updates" stuff that the Steam installer itself does. Every time I try to finish the download, I get an error message that says

Steam needs to be online to continue. Please confirm your network connection and try again

My internet is completely fine. I can even access steam by using my internet browser, I can get to Google, Facebook, Youtube, so my internet is not a problem. I've closed, then opened my ports, disabled my firewall, disabled my anti-virus.

Also, if this helps, I tried doing a security scan with McAfee, which, apparently requires me to be connected to the internet, and it couldn't get to the internet either. At the time, I was also still on Facebook, and Google, etc.

  • If McAfee also couldn't connect to the Internet, this doesn't sound like a Steam specific problem. And, just to be sure, you did post this question from that computer, right? – murgatroid99 Dec 18 '14 at 1:40
  • I just added the mcaffe thing as a side note. – dudephat Dec 18 '14 at 1:43
  • And yes, I did this from the pc with the problem – dudephat Dec 18 '14 at 1:44
  • Your firewall is probably to blame. Try turning it off, and see if that resolves the problem. If so, you'll need to open a hole in your firewall for the applications. – Frank Dec 18 '14 at 3:24
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    This is drifting into PC tech support and I think would be better served on superuser.com. – Schwern Dec 18 '14 at 6:42
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Here is a Steam forum discussion about error 130 including how to troubleshoot it.

It's also possible you got nailed by a recent botched Windows patch which has been causing many problems. Make sure you have all Windows updates installed.

Steam has a number of troubleshooting articles you should follow.

I highly suggest you follow the basic troubleshooting instructions to determine if it's your router: plug your computer directly into your modem and see if you still have the problem. If you don't, it's your router.

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