Registered: Aug, 2004
Re: Terminator has its own web site!
Posted: Aug 24, 2004 1:36 PM
> Pretty much everything you have claimed is false.
> While I did write a program called Terminator that can be
> found in the c:\hp\bin directory of most HP and Compaq
> computers, it is not at all dangerous and moreover,
> doesn't run on its own. It is only used by installer
> programs when you re-install a piece of software, using
> the Application Recovery feature. It can be used to
> close one program and that's how the installer uses it.
> For example, if you want to re-install WinDVD, the
> he installer might first call Terminator, asking it to
> close WinDvd (if it is running), before trying to
> re-install it. By itself, my program does nothing; even
> if you run it, it will only show you how to use it, but
> not actually do anything. I wrote it and many of the
> others in the c:\hp\bin directory for HP, as part of the
> process that sets up all the software on the computer at
> the factory and allows for recovery subsequently.
> By the way, any program can become infected by a virus,
> but none of the programs I've written are viruses. Any
> one of them could be infected by a virus, just like any
> other program, but they are not themselves viruses.
> The Terminator in the second link you give is not my
> program and has absolutely nothing to do with me. The
> window title "Mattias Utilities: Terminator" is an
> unfortunate coincidence that probably leads to further
> confirmation of your fears, but my name is not "Mattias"
> -- that is another person and it is a different program
> (with the same name). The one I wrote is not freeware
> and does not shutdown Windows. I don't offer support for
> it and I don't solicit or accept $5.00 payments for it.
> There is nothing stopping you from deleting Terminator, if
> you want to.
> When this OT thread started here, I started a lengthy
> description of Terminator (mine, not the other one),
> Killwind, Spawn, Sleep, cloaker, fondlewindow and all the
> other utility programs in c:\hp\bin, but I've been too
> busy to get it finished. I'll finish it up and put a
> link to it here soon.
> I've also asked HP to add a FAQ or a page describing these
> things (and even offered to write it up) somewhere in
> their support area, but they've not done it. I'll keep
> trying, because I think HP's web site is the best place
> for such information.
> More to come...
It looks like I owe you an apology, but it is a coincidence and now, since I found out it was there and removed it, this is the first time in months I have been able to work with several windows open and not have to worry about the windows closing and loosing my work. I am glad I finally discovered what was making my computer freeze and shut down AND again, I do apologize, because you have to admit, it is a coincidence and I thank you for taking the time to clarify the issue. Good luck with getting HP to post this for you.