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Everything is known about me
From my eating habits to my family
You can kill my parent and children
I would not be scared, but I would still run
I can be malicious, I can be nice
Bringing a world of hurt, or very cool mice
Maybe now that you've learned more about me
You'll start noticing how important I can be
What am I?

Hint:

My "eating habits" are very unusual,
It's more akin to equipment rental.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the phrase "or a very cool mice" intentional, or is there perhaps a typo in there? $\endgroup$
    – Hawkeye
    Mar 25, 2022 at 15:13

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Are you possibly

a SOFTWARE PROGRAM (or computer program/software in general)

Everything is known about me

Assuming one has access to the source code, everything is known about the software. It's not like an animal or the weather, that can do something unexpected or on its own. Software can only do what it is coded to do.

From my eating habits

Software's 'eating habits' are to consume input and release output. This process results in known behavior, based on the coded logic.

to my family

Software will belong to a family of like software that has a reasonably consistent set of rules/language/compilers, etc. For example "JAVA", "C#", "COBOL" could be families. The family is typically documented and well known.

You can kill my parent and children I would not be scared, but I would still run

Software can be triggered by a parent process. Often if you kill that process, it will still run (unless you killed the OS/compiler itself, etc.)
Software can spawn child processes. Often if you kill the children, the software will continue to execute. In both cases, the software is not scared.

I can be malicious, I can be nice

Software like viruses or malicious software, for example, are bad. Software like commercial or non profit sites, for example, can be nice and helpful.

Bringing a world of hurt,

Malicious software can cause extensive damage to financial systems, personal lives, governments, etc.

or a very cool mice

Software can be used to create neat things such as a super souped up computer mouse.

Maybe now that you've learned more about me
You'll start noticing how important I can be

In this day and age, software is quite useful and important for everyday life.

What am I?

You are a SOFTWARE PROGRAM!

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  • $\begingroup$ That is correct! And I was unaware that it was indeed a typo, I will fix this right now. $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Mar 28, 2022 at 7:10
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    $\begingroup$ Nice wordplay in the riddle! Especially 'run', it had me off track for a few days $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Mar 28, 2022 at 12:49

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