Introduction: Disguise an Icon to Shutdown the Computer!

This is a little add-on to this instructable. I will guarantee that the file will be executed if the victim uses the Internet a lot. It makes the icon look like its an app that launches firefox or IE but really shuts down the computer.

First step is to follow the instructable:

https://www.instructables.com/id/April-Fools-Day-contest-A-simple-computer-prank

Step 1: Changing the Icon.

You now have the shutdown shortcut, but it looks suspicious. All you need to do is right click it, click properties, and at the bottom of the window, click on change icon.

-If you want it to look like a firefox app, paste this into the "Look for icons in this file" Box.
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
-Press enter
-Click on the firefox icon you want it to look like.
-Click ok.

-To make the icon the internet explorer icon, enter %ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE Instead of C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

*If you want it to look like any other icon, Instead of entering C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe, Enter the programs .exe file and it should bring up the icon you want.

-Last step is to delete or put the original shortcut in a file and re-name the shutdown icon to firefox or whatever app you want.

*Remember the code you need to put into the run dialog to cancel it is: shutdown -a


Comments

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danceworkshop_3 made it! (author)2013-11-16

This april fools prank is almost evil but fun to do :)

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sdk680 made it! (author)2010-04-15

what do u tipe in 2 shutdown agin?

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knexguy92 made it! (author)knexguy922010-12-21

shutdown -s -t xxx
xxx = how long you want it to take to shutdown

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l0rdaryan made it! (author)l0rdaryan2011-10-02

shutdown -s -t -c comment goes here

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mozoblast made it! (author)2011-03-29

another way to do it is to just change the shortcuts properties and edit the target to
shutdown.exe -s -t 10 -c "X"
10 is the time in seconds it will be before the computer will shutdown
X can be what ever text you want to show up as an error message

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jamwaffles made it! (author)2011-03-29

But wait... I use a Linux box. Foiled!

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bschneider-1 made it! (author)2011-03-10

Teehee, I used to do this in middle school, the tech coordinator at school would always have to come up... Good times.

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chamster made it! (author)2010-10-01

he he! I SO have to play this on my brothers!

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darkbro999 made it! (author)2009-01-14

you guys should give the poor kid a break, it's something that he thought would be useful, so like, calm down...ty, good 'ible btw

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fwjs28 made it! (author)fwjs282009-03-23

yea, but its hrmm...done before...

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duck-lemon made it! (author)2008-03-31

ONE PER DAY! seriously there is this same instructyable posted like everyday!

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Computer Maker 101 made it! (author)Computer Maker 1012008-04-01

That may be true, but I am showing you how to make it better.

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duck-lemon made it! (author)duck-lemon2008-04-01

i did this on someone elses one in a post. i've seen it all before.

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joehadac made it! (author)2008-03-31

WAY TO GO... u figured out how to change a icon ur mum must be so proud and not really original ive seen it before

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-03-31

Suh-weet! Gotta do this to my brother's computer. Thanks! +1 vote. +1 rating.

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rickyd! made it! (author)2008-03-31

awesome!!!!!