Introduction: Computer Shutdown "hack"

Alright, This is a Great "hack" that wont mess up whomevers computer that you would like to do it on

Step 1: Enter Shortcut

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Go to desktop and right click, NEW
then enter

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t (whatever time until shutdown ex. 5)

Step 2: Disguise Your Secret...

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Click Next

then enter the name of you shutdown shortcut


-haha :P

Step 3: Change Logo If Needed

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If you make the shortcut a website..or another camera, disk or anything
you can change the icon 2!
go to properties:Change Icon(bottom of "shortcut tab")

Step 4: ALL DONE!!!! Just Wait

okay well, its great for a prankk.. im sorry

this is my first instructable
and i just turned 13 so ya


Master Wasi 47 (author)2014-11-14

I need to try this on my friends

furiistrom2 (author)2008-08-11

wuts it meen type in a time for shutdown?

snaketon (author)furiistrom22010-12-22

u need 2 type how long it takes after entering the trap for the computer 2 shutdown.

HughGRection (author)2010-09-21

0MG! N0w 1 c4n b3 1337 h4xorz. thnks dude!! This is not a hack. Look up the origin of the word "Hacker". When people still used Typewriters, a hacker was someone that constantly hacked at the keys of the typewriter. This is not a hack, nor a virus, or a Trojan, or a Worm. This more of a shortcut to shutdown.exe.

prankmaster109 (author)2010-07-15

you can type shut down -s -t 30

johnrgerald (author)2009-05-21

How do i configure my pc in such a way that it will always shutdown when i turn it on and only me should know that i have to run a "shutdown -a". so that even when am forced to turn on my pc, it will keep shutting down until i run the abort shutdown..pls advice!!!!

michaelb958 (author)johnrgerald2010-07-12

Put your shortcut in Start Menu\Programs\Startup and give it a longer time delay - say, "shutdown -s -f -t 20" - just long enough for you to open Run and put in "shutdown -a". Just remove all quotes from the above!

fd18 (author)2009-12-29

How do I activate this Wirelessly?

I bought a wireless Transceiver Package and Was wondering I can interface this with the db-9 port so that when I connect some form of a circuit within the port, it opens this shortcut.

I'm new to programming and am mostly focusing on micro controllers.

Any keywords to research or advice would be perfect,

johnrgerald (author)2009-05-21

How do i configure my pc in such a way that it will always shutdown when i turn it on and only me should know that i have to run a "shutdown -a". so that even when am forced to turn on my pc, it will keep shutting down until i run the abort shutdown..pls advice!!!! you can reply to ""

techman9 (author)2009-04-22

can u do this over the internet like have a link and when people press it, it will shut the computer down

madara_uchiha (author)2009-02-25

it isn't working... :(

alex_jines (author)2008-11-28

tsk tsk try this..... so simple..... go to this directory C:\WINDOWS\system32\ *find this item LOGOFF.EXE *send to desktop create shortcut *at the desktop, rename it as Porn.exe or something like hentai.exe *change icon.. then open it.... it will sutdown ur pc.. :)

kazmilk (author)2008-08-12

Nothing happens?

The Pirate (author)2008-01-25

Thank you so much for this! I now have a revenge tool against my brother AND a defense for my personal stuff (I put a folder that said "personal files" that shuts down the computer instantly). Is there a way to switch around icons on different programs? That'd be extremely helpful

yeah you can change the icon just right click on it and then go to properties then go through the tabs and find change icon, and pick your icon, and I have one question, it did not work for me. what exztally did you type in on the shortcut thing, cause I don't know what to do at the end, please help

i've had this problem w/ my windows `98 pc but not with my new vista. i hope this kind of helps

killer towels (author)2008-05-30

wat is the desktop button?

just right-click on your background.. You know, on the empty screen where your wallpaper and icons go?

ramzijamil (author)2008-04-18

i pressed the icon internet explorer (shutdown button) and the computer is not turning off.What have idaone wrong?

thomas the lover (author)2008-02-03

Call it IE and select the IE icon from options. My mum clicks it all the time coz its named the same and it look the same

pahahaa i just did the same with Firefox :D my dad will be so peeessed!

altmaker (author)altmaker2008-04-10

PAHAHA it worked my sister couldnt use the comp for the whole day exceleent

gorbs (author)2008-04-02

couldnt find bored at trying help me

3r1c8y (author)2008-03-23

it says it couldn't find the file. help!!

brainiac (author)2008-02-28

I like porno =P

ilovelkomg (author)brainiac2008-02-28

me 2

milo0is0hot0 (author)2008-02-17

i was just trying to show him that there are much easier and cooler things he could do well done for defending him though

milo0is0hot0 (author)2008-01-29

this hack is very pathetic and obvious and there are many better more fun things you can do to get revenge on some one for instance: installing vnc (remote administration software that your school may use to watch and control your computer at school) on your victims computer then steal control of there computer and pretend to delete there files etc for more info on how to set up vnc or other fun revenge things please email me at :

ilovelkomg (author)milo0is0hot02008-02-11

dude chill, i know way more, Instructables take time, and i just started, i havent had the time to make anymore, i will soon

milo0is0hot0 (author)ilovelkomg2008-02-17

sorry i was a little harsh with my comments and i started with 'hacks' like this and just so you no i am under 16 years old and if you would like to learn more hacks etc i would be happy to email you a few websites. sorry

bigdigone (author)2008-02-01

thank you so munch my lil sister will think she broke her computer

attizen (author)2008-01-29

Mine doesn't work and I don't know why. Whenever I do it, the command prompt pr what looks to be that pops up for a brief second and then nothing happens.

carebare47 (author)2008-01-09

just 'shutdown -s -f -t' will do, no need for the root directory stuff

112251919112 (author)2007-11-25

ive seen this alot, and you can put, win shutdown -s -t # -c "text"

gamer (author)2007-11-07

this isnt a hack, and many, many people have done this before you have, so...

Robotrix (author)2007-11-06

whoever's computer.

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