HP Communication Reset
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The HP 33xx (specifically my 3330) software often loses the ability to connect to your printer/scanner, etc. I've found that killing off and restarting the background communication process sometimes solves this. Rebooting the printer can help too. Bundled are a python script to do this for you and an application that you can double click if you don't like to type at a command line. This simple app has been reported to work with other HP printers (model not mentioned) and is also useful when the process occasionally runs away eating up CPU and needs to be restarted.
What's New
Version 1.1.1: hpkill.app wasn't working. Should be fixed now.

Version 1.1: Added a script and app to kill of the background communication process without restarting it. This results in less trouble with printing. However, you need to run hpcomm to restart it before being able to scan/fax.

Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X and HP MFP.






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hced commented on 17 Jan 2007
what is a virus?
[Version 1.1.1]


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Mike Poulos commented on 17 Jan 2007
I also got a virus detected by the same virus.
[Version 1.1.1]

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Wright State University (developer) replied on 17 Jan 2007
The virus doesn't exist. Look up the virus on Google. Read the other review thread.

If you're concerned, then delete the file, create a text file (not RTF) containing

#! /usr/bin/python

"Kill then HP printing daemon"

import sys, re, os
os.environ['PATH']=os.path.normpath(os.environ['PATH']+':/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/teTeX/bin/powerpc-apple-darwin-current')
b = 'ps -x | grep Communica|grep HP'
a = os.popen(b).read().split()
print a[0]
os.system('kill ' + a[0])

Read the README file to chmod it, then download MacPython 2.5 and use Build Applet.app to make hpkill.app from hpkill.py

You probably don't need that entire path in there. It's legacy from another script I wrote a while back. It doesn't cause any harm, though, since I don't even have some of those directories anymore.
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Wright State University (developer) replied on 18 Jan 2007
According to Intego

"Use the NetUpdate X4 program to update your Virus Definitions. The latest definitions should no longer have this problem."
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tvalleau commented on 16 Jan 2007
Virus?

VirusBarrier reports a "Mac OSX.Exploit.MetaData.B" virus in the "...Kill.py" file.
[Version 1.1]

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Wright State University (developer) replied on 16 Jan 2007
I just updated because hpkill.app was broken. After that, I ran virex on the whole thing and it didn't report anything. I'm not sure how a script file could really have much of a virus anyway. Anyway, please try the new version with your virus scanner.
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tvalleau replied on 16 Jan 2007
At this point, I suspect that virusbarrier is (over) reacting to the code contained in the script.

Here is their webpage on it: http://www.intego.com/news/ism0602.asp. A quick Google of the issue "osx.exploit.metadata.b" will provide more information.
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Wright State University (developer) replied on 17 Jan 2007
I agree. The script is designed to kill off a system process, so that may look unfriendly to a virus scanner. Apparently there is a way to modify it so it doesn't look so, but I don't know how to do that. I've read that that virus scanner is a little psychotic.
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Wright State University (developer) replied on 18 Jan 2007
According to Intego

"Use the NetUpdate X4 program to update your Virus Definitions. The latest definitions should no longer have this problem."
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Downloads:2,038
Version Downloads:1,884
Type:Drivers : Printers
License:Free
Date:16 Jan 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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The HP 33xx (specifically my 3330) software often loses the ability to connect to your printer/scanner, etc. I've found that killing off and restarting the background communication process sometimes solves this. Rebooting the printer can help too. Bundled are a python script to do this for you and an application that you can double click if you don't like to type at a command line. This simple app has been reported to work with other HP printers (model not mentioned) and is also useful when the process occasionally runs away eating up CPU and needs to be restarted.


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