Melboy had already stated that these are Backweb programs... The question is, can they be removed without ill effect? As we go round and round, it seems to me my only choice is to cross my fingers, trust the program so I can zip it and submit for analysis, and then remove it later if it proves malicious. Any other input before I proceed?
"Analysis ID: 4877199 Name Findings Detection Type Extra terminator.exe current detection generic pup.x Application no
current detection [ terminator.exe ] Our analysis detected a potentially unwanted program or joke program with our current DAT files and engine. It is recommended that you update your DAT and engine files and scan your computer again. If you are not seeing this with the product you are using, please speak with technical support so that they can help you determine the cause of this discrepancy."
Quote Matt Gerras: "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 installer might first call Terminator, asking it to close WinDvd (if it is running), before trying to re-install it."
That would probably explain the association with the SystemGuard warning about Windows® installer (C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe) upon restoring that file.
Did you know exactly what it was you were removing? Is there a possibility you have already removed the program that contained/used terminator.exe, whilst it was in Mcafee's quarantine, therefore the file upon restoration doesn't have the program it is associated with? Never delete or remove anything, unless your 100% sure of what it is your deleting/removing. 😉
If you want a second opinon to relieve any fears you might have about your system being infected in any way, try running this and this
RE: I get nervous when things don't behave as expected...
This has had detections in the past by different security app's such as "Potentially unwanted tool/program", "Hack.tool", "Risk.tool" etc.
Mcafee:This software is not a virus or a Trojan. It is detected as a "potentially unwanted program" (PUP). PUPs are any piece of software that a reasonably security- or privacy-minded computer user may want to be informed of and, in some cases, remove. PUPs are often made by a legitimate corporate entity for some beneficial purpose, but they alter the security state of the computer on which they are installed, or the privacy posture of the user of the system, such that most users will want to be aware of them.
After considering any information you have to hand, ultimately it will be you and you only that can make the decision on whether or not to have this on your system.