Introduction: Computer Shutdown Hack/Mod (useful for Pranks at School, Work, Friends, Ect.)

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This instructable will show you how to make a disguised shutdown button on any computer that you have access to with your own error message that pops up. It's very simple if you follow this instructable and takes no more then 3 minutes. :)

DISCLAIMER- I am in no way responsible for any harm that is caused from this instructable. This is for educational purposes only and I am in no way advocating the use of this trick. (haha yeah right, but seriously if you get caught it's due to your stupidity, don't go saying "CrazyCory564 from told me to!!!)

Step 1: Creating Icon

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This is the first step for creating the icon. All you do is right click anywhere on the screen, go to new, and select Shortcut.

PLEASE NOTE- Some school/work computers will not let you right click on the screen. If that's the case, just open the "My Computer" section from the start menu, and drag the dropdown menu to "Desktop". There should be a thing that says "New" on the top left somewhere, and from there you can choose Shortcut.

Step 2: Making the Shutdown Command

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This is the hardest step of the entire process. (Note how easy it is) In the box where it says "Type the location of the item:" (may vary depending on computer, but it's the same idea) type this:
Shutdown -s -f -t (the number here must be 2 digits, and will establish the countdown time before the computer shuts down) -c "(What you type in here is the message that will come up during the countdown before the computer shuts down)"

For example what I typed in the picture:
Shutdown -s -f -t 10 -c "You got pwnd"

Step 3: Naming the Shortcut

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All you do here is type what program you want to disguise the shutdown button as
I.E. Internet Explorer

When you're done, just click finish and it should look somewhat like the last picture on this step looks like.

Step 4: Making the Shortcut Look Real

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Right click the newly made shortcut icon, and click on "properties". After a box comes up, click on change icon. Another box full of images should pop up. Depending on the program you're disguising the shortcut as, pick the image accordingly. When you find one you like, click ok, and then apply. After this, the shortcut should look very real.

PLEASE NOTE- If you had to go to desktop to create the original shortcut, you will not be able to do this step. You're stuck with the blank icon thats named whatever you named it.

Step 5: Placing Your Shortcut in the Appropriate Spot

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If the shortcut is you made is named after a program that is already on the desktop, I suggest deleting the original shortcut. To do this, right click the original program, and select delete. Alternatively, just left click on the icon one time and press the delete key. After that, drag your icon over to take the old ones place.

If you made an Icon that wasn't originally on the desktop, just drag it to the other icons on the left of the screen.

Step 6: The End Result

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Now you just sit back and relax knowing unsuspecting victims are getting their computers shut down thinking there is something seriously wrong. :)

If you really want to be mean, you can delete the program you named your shortcut altogether. You can do this by going into Control Panel-Add or remove programs- and uninstalling it.

Something that's similar to the image below should pop up, and after the counter runs out, the computer will shut off automatically. The only way to stop this is if someone deletes the shortcut, but I doubt they will figure out that's what's causing the shutdowns.

If you can't make it look real on school or work computers, you can just make this at your own computer and copy the shortcut to a disk. Bring the disk to the computer you want to screw with and pop it in. Go to the disk drive from my computer, and copy the shortcut from there to the desktop and then take out your cd. You can use it over and over again.

Any questions? Contact me by e-mail at or you can just I.M. me on aim. My s/n is GuitarMasta564


porterzhunter (author)2017-06-20

if i put this on a usb and intall it into a mac would the program still work?

Ian1333g (author)2015-10-16

hi i go to a school where i cant open it what do i do

CrazyCory564 (author)Ian1333g2016-03-13

Set up on a home computer, transfer icon to a USB stick, plug stick in to target computer, open the folder of USB, and drag icon on to desktop

YungGent (author)CrazyCory5642017-05-26

cant you just copy to a google docs account and paste it on the schools computer


My school computer neither allow me to use My computer or any other folder for use as just because of their networking and security rights.

What to do in this case, as I can't be able to open any kind of folder or anything other then my institution permitted us to.

_imaginedkid1345_ (author)2017-02-28

how about a middle school chromebook how you prank their chromebook

ChildOfYahweh made it! (author)2015-10-16

I did it without deception. Ask me about the other shortcut... if you interested.

The whole point of this is to deceive people :P

True, but there are practical usew for it too. Deception is lying, and God rebukes it. Therefore, I choose to use this for good and not deception.

LisaB128 (author)2015-11-17

Finally!am a happy woman after much of trials i encountered...thanks to for helping me change my grades...your the best man...he is on track for any hacking solutions

KingOfAwesome. (author)2015-07-27

dnearxiths (author)2011-11-12

hi .... i did all the steps ... and i wrote the same with you ... but it doesnt work .... i klicked on it and nothing hapend ... then i restart my compiuter but again nothing hapend ..... i need help

Robot101 (author)2011-08-05

So many script kiddie....

jgangaa (author)2011-05-30

I'm trying this tomorrow... lolool XD

danmox (author)2010-11-23

if face book is blockedat youre school then go on to command prompt and type in tracert and it will come up with alot of writing just under where you typed that in under neith that it should say something like ( then type that in on google and their is facebook

agent (author)2007-12-14

Add in -a to shutdown all computers on the network :P. I wanna see this done at school woth over 100 comps on the network!

danmox (author)agent2010-11-23

my school has a main comp we shut it down all the time turns of every other comp

pyroman22 (author)agent2010-05-03

...-a aborts
but if you type something like -m//* then that will shut down all of them

munchman (author)agent2007-12-26

Isn't -a abort???

Derin (author)munchman2008-04-05

it is

agent (author)Derin2010-01-17

You're right. I meant /i. You have to manually add the IPs to shutdown though.

izhe (author)agent2008-03-14

this is really cool. i did it on my freinds comp and it works great. now how do i make it shutdown all the computers on the same network. can you give me an example of a full code for it?

MrFairlady (author)agent2008-02-24

is there a real way to make it shutdown all the pc's on a network???

ep5 (author)agent2008-02-20

oh my god!! im gona do just that and put the shortcut in startup folder... Should really piss off Thather (my schools tech guy) ;)

madara_uchiha (author)2009-02-24

Mine didn't had the cmd prompt screen flash quickly and then nothing happened...?

john47v (author)madara_uchiha2009-05-05

ya, same here, what do i do? cmd showed for about 5 sec, then went away and no results... i typed: Shutdown -m\\FAMILY -s -f -t "10" -c "haha"

CrazyCory564 (author)john47v2009-08-02

May I ask why you typed -m\\FAMILY? That is nowhere in the instructions and probably why it doesn't work.

pyroman22 (author)CrazyCory5642010-05-03

he typed family because he looks like he's doing this on a network
and you're supposed to type the computer name after -m

ccrh2008 (author)2009-07-26

OMG!!! If this can cause a computer to shutdown when pressed and when it is put in the startup folder it automatically shuts it down when the computer starts... dont school computers run sort of on the same desktop (ie. you move an icon on 1 computer then it moves on another as well) from a main server in a type of server - client setup, then if you put it in the startup folder on 1 client computer wont it cause the same thing to happens to EVERY SINGLE COMPUTER IN THE NETWORK. I mean lol put it on one and the entire school system fails when restarted and thge system takes forever to fix. Im not sure but is that true about the server client system?

gcsaxophone (author)ccrh20082010-01-09

That. Would. Be. EPIC.

Dim-1 (author)2008-03-26

this looks like just what ive been needing. I know this is noobish of me , but how can I make a "start-up folder"?

CrazyCory564 (author)Dim-12009-08-02

You don't make one; It's already there...

ccrh2008 (author)2009-07-26

Also once you make the shortcut then you can go to properties on the shortcut and make it shutdown if you press a certain key ;) hint hint

jaycraw (author)2009-01-03

on my laptop it doesnt work though

jaycraw (author)2009-01-03

i did it on both my brother computers it was so frickin funny

artem1319 (author)2008-11-30

dont forget to put it in the startup folder that way if u login , it shutsdown (to remove use safemode)

REA (author)2008-08-10

ths does not work on OS X. batch files cannot be made or executed (as far as i know) on mac.

lopez8675 (author)2008-07-07

awww, so cool! wish i could do it. parents would kill me and teacher is looking over ur sholder all the time!

Dizzee Whittle (author)2008-05-17

you can also stop it by going to "run" on the start menu and typing in: shutdown -a

3r1c8y (author)2008-03-23

im on a guest account on a computer at a library and i cant even make a shortcut on the desktop cause it's disabled.... sucks cause i really wanted to do this (and shut down other computers on the LAN using cmd)

CrazyCory564 (author)3r1c8y2008-04-12

Try logging on to the school comp with this Username: Stafftemp Password: Stafftemp (that says staff temp w/no spaces)

neonecho (author)2008-03-24

Maybe it's about time we watch some videos.
firebird11692 (author)2008-03-22

that's so awesome! I really want to get into hacking, so if you have anything else that's cool like this, email me at

bennor3 (author)2008-03-20

the alex rider series is AWSOME!!! i've seen the movie, and am finishing up snakehead but after that i'l have read the all! i'll do the thing with the ck so whenever i see a computer i can install it on it!!!

cory.trees (author)2008-03-20

when I click on the icon it appears and disappears quickly is that supposes to happen?

west_ninja (author)2008-01-25

There are more commands: -i Display GUI interface, must be the first option -l Log off (cannot be used with -m option) -s Shutdown the computer -r Shutdown and restart the computer -a Abort a system shutdown -m \\computername Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort -t xx Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds (positive integer less than 300000000. Aprox. 3472 days) -c "comment" Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters) -f Forces running applications to close without warning -d [u][p]:xx:yy The reason code for the shutdown u is the user code p is a planned shutdown code xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256) yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)

duck-lemon (author)west_ninja2008-03-04

i tried abort but it wouldn't work. What exactly did you type?

west_ninja (author)duck-lemon2008-03-06

shutdown -a

duck-lemon (author)2008-03-04

awesome man nice work!!

west_ninja (author)2008-01-26

To be even more annoying, type: sfc /scanboot to disable: sfc /revert

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