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Matrix Virus Hoax

Matrix Virus Hoax

Updated:
February 13, 2007



This is a hoax.

CAUTION: This hoax should not be confused with the W95.MTX virus. W95.MTX is a dangerous virus that can cause extensive damage.

The hoax message is similar to the following:
    VIRUS ALERT
    Read On This Maybe Another Hit !!
    Virus name: MATRIX_99.MTX triggered on every
    PC on the 4th Sep starting this year.DELETE
    immediately if u rec'd an e-mail that looks
    like this:

    Subject: "Believe The Unbelievable - Win a Nokia
    handphone 8110i"

    Content: as follows.
    A Nokia 8110i Matrix model is yours if your are
    THE ONE. How to be THE ONE? You are 3 steps away
    from being THE ONE.
    First - Click on this site
    http://www.matrix.com

    Secondly - Answer 5 simple questions

    Thirdly - Wait n See, we will send a notification
    email if you are THE ONE.

    -------------------------------------------------
    HOW THE VIRUS WORK
    Once you open the email above, it will infect your
    Boot Sector Memory and lay low in there while
    infecting any EXE and INI files you open scan. It
    will first download itself to your window 95
    system register so that each time you load your
    PC, this virus will be upload again to your Memory
    Boot Sector. It will infect your files by coding
    itself into your files which will make your files
    an extra 124bytes larger than it suppose to be.
    It also using 'STEALTH' technic to hide from any
    resent virus utilities.On every FRIDAY, the virus
    will decode into smaller fractions and encode again
    to a new virus coding. Therefore it's hard to know
    what coding was this virus actually use, hence
    creating an anti-virus for this one is a bit
    IMPOSSIBLE.

    DESTRUCTIVE LOAD
    On every 4th Sept starting this year, exactly at
    12am, each virus in every effected files in your
    PC will decode into smaller fraction and it will
    combine all together and encode again into 1 single
    virus and program itself into a file name
    'Matrix.mtx'. Each individual virus is 124bytes in
    size, therefore it will only infected a max of 20
    files making the original virus 'Matrix.mtx' is a
    2480bytes in size. This file is actually the original
    virus which in unknown to anyone until 4th Sept 1999.
    Therefore, not until 4th Sept 1999, there is no cure
    for this virus.Once Matric.mtx created, the virus
    will start by disfunctioning your mouse and keyboard
    driver. It will delete your system files and it will
    delete all partitions you have created. Making your
    PC unbootable and in another word your harddisk will
    no longer exist. The only CURE you have later is by
    formating your harddisk. It can never infect thru
    CD-ROM and FLOPPY DISK. What is the MATRIX? , is a
    big question which we will only know on the 4th Sept
    1999.
    Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura