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What if this software crashes? anti-anti-crash software?
Simple, you just run a second instance of the un-crasher to un-crash the un-crasher.

See, i told you it was simple.
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Sounds like something that could have been done 20 years ago. I mean, how come no one thought of something like this before?
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This was probably made for their own use on another project where the software froze and they lost a bunch of work.

For 99.9% of the world...ctrl-alt-delete works fine and if it doesn't the reset switch will take care of it.
So, like, when I am stuck on a level on Tomb Raider, and wherever I go brings me back to where I first started, hence fulfilling the definition of an infinite loop, this software will rescue me from the puzzle and let me bypass it!

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Simple, you just run a second instance of the un-crasher to un-crash the un-crasher.

See, i told you it was simple.
you could then create an infinite loop of uncrashing!
    
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What if this software crashes? anti-anti-crash software?
Computer explodes, possibly entire dimensional rip.

I wonder how instant this is, if it's like instant or a few seconds I can definitely see it being widespread.
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Sounds like something that could have been done 20 years ago. I mean, how come no one thought of something like this before?
Because it's pretty impossible to reliably cover all of the different exit conditions for loops under normal operation. Which is something else, not knowing what normal operation is. The guy in the article debugged Word and so figured out where to continue execution.

Secondly security issues, at least on Windows the tool would need to get sufficient rights to access another process' registerbank and hook to it to interact with it. Think Diablo trainers in the old day
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