The Matrix Screen Saver

The Matrix Screen Saver


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 317 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.12b
File Size:
471.46KB
Date Added:
August 06, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,518,818
Downloads Last Week:
1,309
Product ranking:
#1 in Screensavers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Despite an unconventional installation, this free Matrix-themed screensaver rises above many of its competitors. Rather than putting an EXE file on your desktop, The Matrix Screen Saver forces you to copy an SCR file into your Windows directory. Like many screensavers based on the hit films, this one shows the famous Matrix code moving across your screen vertically, although it boasts a nice feature set you may not find in similar programs. You can specify the appearance of the title and scanning sequences, make the screensaver show the current time, and even choose the telephone number and username to display. Best of all, this screensaver is free and won't burden your PC with any sort of spyware. All fans of the sci-fi movies likely will dig this program.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 317 votes

    • 5 star: 236
    • 4 star: 40
    • 3 star: 14
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 54 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 4 stars

    "Best of the Matrix screensavers"

    September 15, 2013   |   By ikeeptime

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    Customizable and very low footprint when not actively running.

    Cons

    The download from Cnet is fine if you are forewarned about toolbar, etc that are not part of the screensaver but are options from other providers. They are junk! Slow down your machine and not worth the hassles. Difficult to remove. (Many of Cnet's downloads have these junk add ons to the actual program you are choosing.) So, how to avoid getting them along with the programs you want? When you see a screen with a button to DECLINE, do it. Hit decline and possibly another screen appears (looking like a user agreement for the screensaver or whatever)DECLINE again. You are not declining the download of what you want to download, only the crap Cnet allows another company to add to the download process screens. I learned from experience and the comments from others who think the programs they download are full of malware. Cnet gets paid to allow this but, hell Cnet, get a clue. many unhappy users get roped into the ***** you allow these guys to peddle along with your legit downloads.

    Summary

    Love the screensaver and read the facts about it that come after the download. the're pretty simple instructions and worth the extra 5 minutes.

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  • 3 stars

    "Failed to satisfy"

    June 19, 2013   |   By pc7wizard

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    Installed ok

    Cons

    Moved icons and gadgets around the desktop when it returns to the desktop.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware with this one"

    March 06, 2013   |   By allstar0422

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    Pretty sweet screensaver

    Cons

    Loaded with malware that was a pain to clean out -- antivirus didn't find some of the files that were causing problems.

    Summary

    Used to have this screensaver, it was pretty awesome. I upgraded to Windows 8 and when I re-downloaded this from CNET, it installed malware that added a search bar and changed my homepage in every browser on my computer (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), it crushed my CPU usage and I had to go in and manually find what files were eating up my CPU because Avast, Comodo, and MalwareBytes only caught some of the files. What a headache. I will think twice before downloading an unnecessary program, especially from CNET -- I've never had a problem with CNET before this, so I was very surprised with this one.

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  • 5 stars

    "This one works wonders"

    November 26, 2012   |   By LuigiCirelli

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    As realistic and involving as in the movie; a good set of features and settings; not a resource hog

    Cons

    nothing against

    Summary

    will surely add mystique to your desktop

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  • 5 stars

    "get this now"

    June 12, 2012   |   By richstacey

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    works great

    Cons

    none so far

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  • 1 stars

    "It locked up on me"

    March 25, 2012   |   By wadamsiii

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    At least it'd free

    Cons

    Doesn't work

    Summary

    Don't get

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  • 5 stars

    "very visually pleasant to watch"

    March 16, 2012   |   By bilman45

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    true to the appearance of what's seen in the movie, like how it
    uses my name in the prologue.

    Cons

    there are none

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  • 5 stars

    "Pretty Awesome!!"

    February 05, 2012   |   By skymap72

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    Best Screensaver yet!!
    Simple, change the style, really movie like, I love it... "Follow the White Rabbit... Knock knock"
    LOL.. Awesome.

    Cons

    None to date, I have had it for a few weeks now...

    Summary

    Good screensaver, with the ability to personalise for you!

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  • 5 stars

    "very good"

    December 24, 2011   |   By EliFrye

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    looks just like the movie, safe.

    Cons

    could have used some more options

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  • 3 stars

    "Good but comes with a surprise"

    December 01, 2011   |   By Kaldorei72

    Version: The Matrix Screen Saver 1.12b

    Pros

    Nice screensaver, good options

    Cons

    Changes homepage of your browsers and tries to install a sidebar... annoying, fortunately WinPatrol stopped some of it for me.

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