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In psychoanalysis, the death principle, representing all instinctual tendencies toward senescence and death. See also entries under instinct Compare: eros.
[G. death]


Etymology: Gk, death
a freudian term for the death instinct.
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To spread over local area networks, the Tanatos worm goes through all network access resources and searches for the Windows system auto-run directory where it copies itself so that it will execute the next time the infected computer is booted.
Tanatos also contains a Trojan horse function that makes it an exceptionally dangerous program by creating a system breach and exposing confidential data.