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#1 polarpimp


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Posted 08 July 2009 - 08:41 PM

on my hp avira found killit.exe, killwind.exe, Terminator.exe. i looked online and i couldnt find any info about them. wat should i do?

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 10:46 PM

From what I found using google for each of those, they are all HP programs and were installed by HP. Not sure if they are needed or not but they do seem to want to call home, probably for updates, which you could block if you have a firewall that provides outbound protection.

Are all those files located in an HP folder?

Edited by Stang777, 08 July 2009 - 10:48 PM.

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 10:59 PM

Hello these are PUP's. (potentially unwanted program) is a program that may be unwanted, despite the possibility that users consented to download it. PUPs include spyware, adware, and dialers, and are often downloaded in conjunction with a program that the user wants.

QOUTE: Doug's post 3
Potentially unwanted tool:Application/KillApp.B Not disinfected C:\hp\bin\KillIt.exe
Potentially unwanted tool:Application/KillApp.A Not disinfected C:\hp\bin\Terminator.exe

...Are bundled with HP and some Compaq computers in the original sysem configuration.
The specific .exe functions listed are part of what is known as BACKWEB, a utility that allows HP to "push" content onto the user's machine when the user visits the HP site for updates. There is considerable debate over the "legitimacy" of BackWeb type functions. Used strictly with HP, they are probably "safe" for the user even though the user may receive some unwanted advertising content.

My concern is that any BackWeb utility on your machine can potentially be used for more nefarious purposes if and when a bad-guy is able to place other malware onto your computer.

HP will tell you that BackWeb and its associated files are "necessary" for stable function of your computer and that removing them could compromise your ability to download needed updates from HP. My experience tells me otherwise. You will still be able to get any update HP has to offer, and of course the Microsoft Updates for your operating system come to you directly from MS, and will not be influenced if you decide to remove this decidedly deceptive "bloatware" (BackWeb) from HP.

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