The Fat Cat Virus Hoax

Irrespective of whether or not you like cats as pets, they undoubtedly do a good job of catching rodents.


However, this is one mouse you may not want to have eaten…

a recently posted file (sysinfo.exe) is an insidious and deadly VIRUS ! also known as the fatcat virus, due to its tendency to eat mice, this is the most indestructible virus known to (wo)man !!! under NO circumstances should you download this file … what you have done so already ?!?

that’s too bad, now your mouse is dead !

time to go and buy a new one … better yet, buy 20 as this virus is self-replicating and will infect at least 12 and up to 18 mice no matter what you do.

no anti-virus program has yet been able to eradicate all traces of this vile, extractor-type, virus and cases of the anti-virus program being infected and ultimately mutated by this virus have been recorded.

what this means is that the virus will actually copy a small hidden file onto you anti-virus disk and this will then be activated everytime the anti-virus program is used.

worse yet, by electromagnetic induction pulse, it will also infect any disk stored within 15 feet of the affected disk.

do NOT simply try to dispose of the infected disk by throwing it away – you never know what other disks it will come to within 15′ of and transfer its stealth program to.

so far the only absolutely sure way to get rid of all data on an infected disk has been shown to be a combination of intense heat and extreme pressure and only one company in the world has been able to create these conditions and they GUARANTEE complete destruction of the virus.

this company is called “macrohard c.c.” and any affected disks, hard-drives or even cd-roms can be sent to them at p.o box 1009 north riding 2162, RSA.

once your disk has been successfully destroyed by the above measures, the resultant product will be returned to you, so do not forget to include your full POSTAL address!

the returned product’s size varies from 0.01ct (for a 5 1/2 floppy) to 1.12ct (for a 6.4gig hard drive).

remember this company GUARANTEES safe and complete destruction of affected products – the ONLY way to deal with the FATCAT virus.

this message brought to you in the interest of public safety by Notnilc Electronic Smacs.

What made me giggle is the fact that it claims the virus can be transferred to other disks within 15′, using an electromagnetic pulse!

Also amusing, is the request for a return address – quite why you would want to pay postage for a disk that has been ’successfully destroyed’ I do not know.

Obviously, if you haven’t already worked it out, this email is another of those false virus alerts, meaning it is simply a hoax email.

If you receive this then do not panic – just ignore it!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. “this message brought to you in the interest of public safety by Notnilc Electronic Smacs”

    that company name is a bit of a mouthful!

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