I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I tried to install steam from the .deb from the steam website (steam_latest.deb) and this didn't work; I installed later with apt-get install steam (along with the 32 libraries and stuff) and this was successful, but I was left with a huge steam-launcher icon in the unity launcher, that does nothing and says "Invalid UTF-8" as a description, presumably from the first attempt, which was done with the deb through software center. I tried apt-get remove steam, but just got rid of the one that actually worked. Great. Tried to reinstall from deb, and uninstall again, now I have 3 giant ugly useless icons, and no working steam. Wonderful. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. ;-) For the future, please read How to install software on Ubuntu if you're a Windows User
    – Fabby
    Jun 24, 2015 at 7:44
  • @cosmoflop12 if this has solved your problem please let us know.
    – SamFlynn
    Jun 25, 2015 at 3:29
  • I'm not sure exactly what solved it, but I think the purge ended up doing it. But it took a reboot before the icons went away. Thanks everyone for the help. Jun 25, 2015 at 16:02
  • @cosmoflop12 Great that this solved the problem, please close the question by marking the answer, i.e., which ever solved it.
    – SamFlynn
    Jun 26, 2015 at 14:59

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You could try doing this sudo apt-get purge steam-launcher and then install steam again.

purge - Purge is identical to remove except that packages are removed and purged. Purge meaning that any configuration files are deleted too. Let me know if this works or not.

Also try this and see which all directories have steam installed in it dpkg -L steam-launcher Make sure you have run all this before sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade.


In order to get rid of these thing you need to use autoremove instead of remove so it will be like this

sudo apt-get autoremove steam-launcher 

After you remove Steam, you can easily install it back on ur system with the .deb file downloaded from steam official website. Regards

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