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Well some of the posts in that pc build screw up thread were funny as hell! But since some of they weren't really considered build problems, I thought there shuold be a thread with lots of funny pc pranks. So if you could please post any computer pranks that you've done that you think are funny. OH but please don't post if it caused anyone to get hurt, it will cause a lawsuit of any kind, or it was something incredibly evil.
 

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At work where we have a ton of new and old computers, I've unplugged power cords or mice/keyboard, tweaked user desktop setting to handicap format, and alter their screensaver marquees. Pretty basic stuff but it's funny to watch some people bang everything thinking that will fix the problem.
 

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I've switched keys on keyboards, putting two of one key on a keyboard and omitting others altogether. All it takes is a paperclip and some upward force on many of the keyboards I've used. It doesn't really affect people who know the correct typing method and never look at the keyboard, but the watching the punch-typers (who don't know the correct keyboard layout anyway) fumble to find keys missing on the keyboard really makes me laugh.
 

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I did a print screen of everyone in the helpdesks desktops, made it there wall paper and hid the task bar. New name for the helpdesk is now helpless desk!
 

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Lan party stories

1)My friend Matt sent my friend (justin) an evil program codenamed "Whack-a-mole" (we saved it for him because he always got borred at lan parties) and every mole he hit installed a small virus on his computer ....needless to say he got a score of over 300 before his computer crashed....then we reformatted his computer after laughing at him. (luckily he had 3 hdd's, 1 for windows, 1 for games, 1 for programs....so we only had to install windows and he was good to go.)

2)There is an evil program called "Shed" and at lan parties we would put in there shared folder and open it....and it would type the word "shed" over and over and over until the computer bogged down so much that it made gameplay unplayable, making them think there was something wrong with there computer. (that always scares them)

3)Then my friend Matt took over a friends computer (another friend Pat) by using an IP takeover program....opened his cd rom drive a few times, then alt+tabbed outta cs, took over his cursor control and opened up some gay pr0n...until he restarted his computer.

4)Then my other friend (Rashwan) left his computer to get some enchaladas for my "new years eve lan party" and my friend Dan was quick to jump on it and change his desktop wallpaper to two naked guys holding a yellow and a red balloon...lol...he came back and knew exactly who did it.


Good times....good times.
 

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I did a print screen of everyone in the helpdesks desktops, made it there wall paper and hid the task bar. New name for the helpdesk is now helpless desk!
I've done that before to some friends of mine at work as well. Pretty priceless when these "techs" can't figure out something as stupid as that.
 

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lol @ toosober (and everyone else too)

Here's a refined way of doing it: you take a screenshot, set it as wallpaper and not only hide the task bar but all the desktop icons as well (only works in XP, i think). Its hilarious.

Here's one of the best mouse tricks I've heard of: install a wireless sensor, and keep a wireless mouse with you. This works best if its a trackball. Everytime they try to move the mouse, give the trackball a spin... ourageously funny. Works best if you work close together (like the same office)... it removes suspicion as to why you're always around when the mouse acts up, and since their mouse is still plugged in, they've got no clue as to what the hell is going on.

Of course, hiding the sensor would be a challenge. If you REALLY wanted to go hardcore, I suppose you could attach USB headers to the MB and keep the sensor inside the case, but I suppose thats overkill.
 

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Forgot to mention: a friend of mine wrote a small app in Visual Basic and put it in the startup folder. Now everyone who starts up that particular PC (it was a lab PC for our school) is greeted with an OK dialogue box that says: "The Matrix has you."

He even made it loop 10000 times.... so its virtually impossible to make it go away.
 

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If they have the onboard Intel graphics chipset, CTRL-Down will invert their desktop horizontally, CTRL-Left will invert it vertically. Great for coworkers who walk away from their desk and don't lock their workstation.
 

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hahaha, My friends and I have this program, that when you click on it, a fake window comes up and shows "deleting System32/windows" so on..
One day we made a conference on Skype, called a friend of ours (she doesn't know much about PCes actually, she doesn't know squat.)
And we told her, here is google earth.She clicks on it and is like
OH SH!T ... WTF and then....................... her call ends... she calls me on my cell and she is like I shut off the PC. hahahaha
 

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I good prank (one I haven't used yet) is the AutoCorrect prank. In MS Word, AutoCorrect automatically converts some common typos into their correct forms as they are typed ("teh" becomes "the", "yuo" becomes "you", etc.).

However, you can add your own "corrections" to AutoCorrect. By going to Tools>AutoCorrect Options, you can type in any word you want to be replaced by another. It's a really good way to mess with people. Imagine the frustration of one (or many) words being automatically converted while you are trying to type!
 

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There are actually some freeware programs that specifically prank people

For example: There is a program that looks like the hard drive is formatting. Trying to close the program doesn't work and the program locks up.

There are others with timed errors, which are quite funny.

Another program really isn't a prank. You leave your wi-fi without unencrypted (WEP) and run the program to the router from your computer. Anyone who tries to access your wi-fi will have their screen either: turned up side down and/or backwards, blurry screen, BSOD, and computer restarts.

I want to do it in mass populated areas :p
 

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Overkill, maybe, but only if you have only pranked that person once or a few times casually...

My roommate and I on the other hand, have been in a "Prank war of epic proportions" with two other dorms on our floor. We have grown to learn there is no such thing as overkill.

We stole all their laptop power converter/batter chargers. (we both are real men and use desktops) It wasn't too funny but it was one of a hundred small pranks.

My roomate bought two of these stupid "Monitor Locker" things on woot.com for a "two for tuesday" thing. You install the software and connect the little USB receiver, and we found it worked from a long long ways away. We would wait till they were both in the room working on a paper or some homework, and we would hit both buttons. (We had previously stole their peepholes in the doors from the outside.) We would watch them both try to move the mouse and ctrl+alt+del a couple times and hit the switch again.

After 3 or 4 time spread out throughout a week or so, they realized it was happening at the same time.

One kid found the tiny USB receiver (neither are good with computers) and came to our room and tossed it on me when I was reading. He asked about it and I wondered why he was so calm. He hadn't told his roommate what was going on and he had a USB hub that he wouldnt see the receiver on, and we made a plan.

We waited until one roommate "went to the library" when really he waited outside. We stood near the door a few minutes and heard the familiar "click" of the door lock. We knew he was going to have some "alone time." :twisted:

Waiting a minute, we hit the switch and the roomate opened the door with his key and we took a short video of him "getting caught with his pants down" but luckily the pants were still on, he was simply watching a little "erotica." Needless to say, the look on his face was hilarious, and the following explosion of embarrassment and confusion was even better. As I type this, he still hasn't figured out why his screen freezes up occassionally, or he is too embarrassed to bring it up :p Not really sure.
 

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My favorite prank wasn't all that complicated but it was unbelievably funny to watch the people react.

My high school computer lab was setup in rows, so 3 students sat in front of 3 others, and so on. My friends and I all sat in one area, 3 in back 3 in front. From the front position you had access to all of the cables for the computers behind you. One day while my friends were off printing/etc, myself and the guy next to me swapped their mouse (and I think the keyboard) cables. They came back, both started trying to do stuff and both stopped and said WTF!?!? They were moving their mouse and nothing would happen, or the cursor would move on it's own, took them a little while to figure out what had happened.

The next day we swapped the monitor cables. This didn't take long for them to figure out but was still amusing. Another amusing prank was when I wiggled the monitor cable just enough that the colors would either flicker or the monitor would go to an all green haze. I think the guy tried percussive maintenance first but that didn't do anything. This took the guy a little while to figure out as well...

High School... good times.
 

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Lol we used to routinely switch the monitor cables when we walked into class in high school. Did it so many times people would walk behind the monitors and switch them, even if they were left by us in the right plugs. Sometimes the best pranks are ones that are self inflicted upon the victim.
 

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hahaha, My friends and I have this program, that when you click on it, a fake window comes up and shows "deleting System32/windows" so on..
One day we made a conference on Skype, called a friend of ours (she doesn't know much about PCes actually, she doesn't know squat.)
And we told her, here is google earth.She clicks on it and is like
OH SH!T ... WTF and then....................... her call ends... she calls me on my cell and she is like I shut off the PC. hahahaha

I think that prank is the smile1.exe or w/e its called .. yeah simulates a deletion of the windows folder etc..
 

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Had a fun one at work recently... As the IT caretaker of the office, I usually help everyone out witht heir issues, but once i decided a bit of payback to certain users was in order. At work we are required to have obscenely complicated passwords. By default the screensaver has lockout activated, but the screensaver timer is set to 30 minutes and the user is unable to change this; the dispaly properties greys out the option to change what the time until it kicks in is.

I wrote up a quick regesitry edit file and lodged it in the network, which would change the timer to mere seconds, forcing them to type in the horribly complicated password if they stopped working for 6 seconds. Motivation eh? :lol:

Even better, becuase they were unable to change the timer in display properties, I would have to show them the "Antidote" registry file, which restored it to normal.

Another one I did at home was set up a Teamspeak client on my main computer and ran the server from my laptop, and leave the volume on my main comp fairly high. I could freak out people who would jump on the computer at my leasure. :lol:
 

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This isn't really a prank, but my friends and I once undertook the task of installing Quake 3 and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault on every PC in our computer lab. Oh, the LAN parties we had...

I'm still amazed that it took the school an entire two weeks to put an end to our fun.
 

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Lots of good pranks lol. I've actually done quite a few of them myself. Most people are so clueless when it comes to computers and its so funny to watch them try to fix it. Well keep them comin' oh and heres my prank from other thread:

"Well i was over this nerdy kids house on new years drinking with a bunch of people because he had thrown a party. He only had a couple drinks but somehow managed to get so drunk he passed out but during the whole party he was bragging about how good the computer his rich parents had bought him for chrismas was and it could own any of our computers. So I had suggested a couple of funny things to do to his computer to make him think it was broken or something but then this other kid says he had a even better idea. So he disconnects the computer and brings it into the bathroom then comes out and hooks it back up. Then I start to smell something nasty and I relieased he had taken a **** inside the computer! so we all just leave the room and start partying again and didint tell him about. A couple weeks later I go to his house and he has a brand new computer that looks even cooler but didnt say a word about it and he hasnt had a new years party since."

I've done monitor printscreen trick this many times before too . Its so funny when there like "wtf why can't I click on anything?" The funniest time was when I did this to all the computers in the computer room before class started, so everone was like "I cant click on anything, the computers broke!" So the teacher starts messing around and can't get it to work either. So they call down the head tech and since I did it on every computer in just that room, he thinks its the network and starts messing around with the network plugs. When he can't get it to work, he calls the head disrict tech guy and he happened to be in the area. I guess he finally figured it out because the next class they made it so you couldn't change desktop pic somehow. But hey, it got me out of doing work for one class.
 

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Then I start to smell something nasty and I relieased he had taken a **** inside the computer! so we all just leave the room and start partying again and didint tell him about. A couple weeks later I go to his house and he has a brand new computer that looks even cooler but didnt say a word about it and he hasnt had a new years party since."

man that is really really mean :evil:

that would call for an ass beating :lol:
 

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Back in the days of Win98 and WinME I worked for Microsoft in a Tech Support Call Center. I created a DOS boot disk that copied IO.SYS to a lesser-known file called WINBOOT.INI. The result was a system that booted normally, albeit with about 2 minutes of beeping and garbage characters being spilled on the screen before the desktop. It was real funny watching people who called themselves Windows techs fumble around not having a clue what was going on. I knew I took it too far when managers were in a panic thinking it was some new undetectable virus. I eventually was found out and written up (harshly) for repeatedly "sabotaging" co-worker's systems. At the time I was young enough that I thought it was worth it.

Another time back in the old Windows 95 days a fun thing to do to someone who was using the old compression utility DriveSpace, was to take the hidden/system/archive attributes from the drvspace.000 file (which was the entire compressed volume) and then run a defrag on the system. Strangely enough, defrag would run and complete... and then sometime later Windows would crash and then... fried OS.