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In this instructable I will teach you how to make a fake virus which looks like a virus but doesn't harm your computer. There is two kinds that you will learn to make, one restarts your computer and another shuts down your computer.

Step 1: Creating the Core of a Fake Virus.

This is the hard stage to the point if you mess up, you may may end up creating a real virus if you mess up on the target, so copy and paste what I tell you to.

Right click on your desk top and go to new. Create a short cut and type the following for restart: shutdown.exe -r -t 60

Or if you want to shutdown the computer type: shutdown -s -t 70

Then click next and leave the name as shutdown.

Step 2: Spicing Up the Core.

Right click on the fake virus core and go to properties, click on change icon then click ok. Pick your icon and have a name to go with the icon. Then once you have clicked on the icon click apply but don't close the window. If you look, there is a blank field called comments, if you hover over the icon, what is typed in this field will be shown.

Step 3: Trying It Out.

If you did it correctly and followed all the steps, the virus should work so try it out. If it works you should E-Mail it to all of your friends not saying it's a fake virus.
Is it possible to create a virus that will act like a spreading Trojan and only effect certain files and or specific names?
&quot;if you mess up, you may may end up creating a real virus if you mess up on the target&quot;<br>How can you make a real virus by just making a shortcut unless you have a virus on your computer. The only thing that might scare someone is an error box saying it cant find the target.<br>Just wanted to point that out. Other than that good instructable.
umm dude it doesnt say <em>change icon???????/</em>wtf?<br/>
dude you got to make a short cut to it then change its icon
&nbsp;Where'd you get the icon on the first page, the one for word because if they have them for all of the microsoft office icons I want to change them
&nbsp;Office 2007
These are fun lol, i just made my first today (using some of the commands in this instructable) i was wondering though if it was possible to make it play a .mp3 file when the joke started? my dad has a song that'd be perfect for this<br /> <br />
&nbsp;type in a text file:<br /> <br /> @echo off<br /> shutdown.exe -s -t 60<br /> start &quot;song name&quot;<br /> <br /> replace song name with the name of the song so... I use Boom boom pow I would type. Type it exactly as it shows and also it needs to be in the same folder as it. PM me for more.<br /> <br /> start &quot;Boom Boom Pow.mp3&quot;<br />
cmon im 14 and i knew that spcolsson
This is alright... but not the best. I can make better ones. I already knew this one. Keep trying though.
cant send it it says its shutdown.exe if that ant a give a way i dont know what is you got a way to fix it?
Dont name it shutdown,name it something else.
to make it better, type shutdown -r -t 60 -c "A Virus has been detected. Computer privileges have been removed, sorry" By the way, if you push Windows key + R, then type shutdown -a in command prompt then it stops the prank from working that time.
It worked.
is there a way to change any icon to almost w/e you want?
I really wish people would stop posting this, I wouldn't mind if each one was different, but they aren't.
ya but but i give it in detail
Not really, there are much more detailed versions with actual screenshots of the process.
why give a 60 or 70 second countdown? it'd be significantly more annoying if it worked immediately (and the user is much less likely to figure it out as quick)

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