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[FIXED] Steam Error Code -105

How to Fix Steam Error Code -105 on Windows 11

Sometimes, when trying to open the Steam game store, users encounter “Error Code: -105”. If you’re getting this error, this article will provide insight into the problems causing this error and provide you with ways to fix it.

Steam Error Code -105

Error Code: -105

Unable to connect to server. Server may be offline or you may not be connected to the internet.

What Causes Error Code -105?

Misconfigured DNS server settings. Your Steam client might experience connection issues if your DNS server settings were misconfigured.

Unstable Internet connection. You may get this error If your Internet connection is slow or unstable. Read our article How to Make Internet Faster for tips on improving your Internet speed. In addition, try power cycling or restarting your Internet router. Restarting your router will reset some of your network settings and clear temporary files.

Adblocker interference. If you’re using an ad-blocking application or web browser extension, it can interfere if your Steam client and prevent it from working correctly. If an ad blocker is the cause of the error, disabling it will fix the error.

Video Tutorial on How to Fix Steam Error Code -105

Table of Contents:

Check Steam Server Status

Before you try to fix error code -105, you should check if the error occurs due to issues with Steam or, on your end, go to SteamDB to check for problems with Steam servers. This error may occur when a particular server is down.

Check Steam server status

1. Open your web browser and go to the SteamDB website.

2. Check if relevant Steam servers are online.

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Method 1. Delete Steam Web Browser Data

The first thing you should try when you get error -105 in Steam is to clear the Steam client web browser cache and cookies.

Open the Steam drop-down menu and click Settings

1. Open Steam. Open the Steam drop-down menu in the toolbar, and click Settings.

Select Web Browser and click Delete Web Browser Data

2. Select Web Browser in the left pane.

3. Click Delete Web Browser Data.

Click OK to delete browser cache, cookies, and history

4. Click OK when prompted to delete browser cache, cookies, and history.

5. Then, relaunch Steam.

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Method 2. Reset TCP/IP Settings and Flush DNS Cache

Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) provides you with default DNS server settings. DNS server settings contain a cache of website addresses and related IP addresses. However, the cache may become corrupted or outdated. Flushing your DNS server cache may fix the connection issue triggering error -105 in Steam. Also, resetting TCP/IP will fix any misconfigured network settings and thereby fix connection issues.

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt

2. In the Run dialog box, type in CMD and hold down Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys to open the elevated Command Prompt.

3. In the Command Prompt window, type in the commands below and press Enter after typing in each one.

Run netsh winsock reset and netsh int ip reset commands

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset

Run ipconfig /release and ipconfig /release6 commands

  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /release6

Run ipconfig /renew and ipconfig /flushdns commands

  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns

4. Close the Command Prompt and restart your PC.

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Method 3. Change DNS Server Address

Steam may experience a connection issue If your DNS server can’t resolve the IP address. Therefore, you can try switching to a third-party DNS server address. Many Steam users have attested to fixing the error by changing the DNS server address.

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in ncpa.cpl in Run and click OK

2. In the Run dialog box, type in ncpa.cpl and click OK.

Right-click your network adapter and click Properties

3. Right-click the network adapter and click Properties.

Select Internet Protocol version 4 and click Properties

4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.

Change Preferred DNS server address and Alternate DNS server address and click OK

5. Tick Use the following DNS server addresses.

6. In the Preferred DNS server, type in 1.1.1.1

7. In the Alternate DNS server, type in 1.0.0.1

8. Click OK to save settings.

9. Restart your PC.

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Method 4. Disable Ad Blocker Browser Extension

An ad-blocking browser extension may interfere with your Steam client and deny some of its features from connecting to Steam’s servers. Disabling the ad blocker may fix Error Code 105. We have included step-by-step instructions on disabling browser extensions on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers.

Disable Ad Blocker on Google Chrome

click the ellipsis, select More tools and click Extensions

1. Launch Chrome and click the ellipsis at the top-right corner.

2. Select More tools and click Extensions.

Toggle off the ad blocker extension

3. Toggle off the slider next to the extension to disable it.

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Disable Ad Blocker on Mozilla Firefox

Open the application menu and click Add-ons and themes

1. Launch Firefox and open the application menu.

2. Click Add-ons and themes.

Toggle off the ad blocker extension

3. In the extensions tab, toggle off the slider next to the ad blocker to disable it.

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Disable Ad Blocker on Microsoft Edge

Open the Settings and more menu and click Extensions

1. Launch Edge and open the Settings and more menu.

2. Click Extensions.

Click Manage extensions

3. Select Manage extensions.

Toggle off the ad blocker extension

4. Toggle off the slider next to the ad blocker to disable it.

Did this article help you fix error code -105 in Steam? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rimvydas is a researcher with over four years of experience in the cybersecurity industry. He attended Kaunas University of Technology and graduated with a Master's degree in Translation and Localization of Technical texts. His interests in computers and technology led him to become a versatile author in the IT industry. At PCrisk, he's responsible for writing in-depth how-to articles for Microsoft Windows. Contact Rimvydas Iliavicius.

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