So, this is mainly for using against people that really deserve it, but if you want to have some extra fun, you can play it to your/family friends too.
But let's stick to the workplace.
All of you may have come across some nasty personalities at your job.
it is either a:
evil boss ::::: a**kissing servants :::: rude secretary :::: or sometimes all 3 combined.
So, this are the kind of victims that deserve it.
IT'S TIME FOR REVENGE, the prank that will let them know they are not liked at all >:)
Remember, watch your timing and be quick. Do some practice first, test how fast you can operate it.
(!): I saw after publishing a similar instructable about this, yet I took this prank to another level, it's more about confusing, not making the victims believe they computer totally froze up. They won't suspect it is prank. Read the end of the instructable also, please.
Step 1: Vulnerable
You all know how people usually interact with their desktop. They click all day long with the mouse around, very few actually use some power-shortcuts from their keyboard.
They just click, double click, drag, right click, click again.
What if they couldn't click any more, but still can? This is as confusing as it gets :D
One typical Windows XP desktop, ready to be hijacked :D
Step 2: Victim AWAY
Make sure they're away for at least 5 minutes
Now sneak to their computer and watch out not to be spotted by others or to generate any curious' looks.
And plan your escape to be as discrete as the takeover!
Step 3: SCREENSHOOOOOT!
Now press the Print Screen button on their keyboard.
MINIMIZE ALL OPEN WINDOWS FIRST!! We're interrested in the actual image of the desktop, not a snapshot with open windows.
Step 4: Paste the Screenshot
Start the "Paint" program
Press Start button -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Paint
Step 5: Save the Image With a Confusing Name
go Edit > Paste
or press Ctrl+V key combo
The desktop capture will appear.
Now save it in My Pictures or in the Windows folder as "none.bmp". (!!)
This will cause some confusion as they will believe that no wallpaper is selected if they look in the wallpaper list suspecting the cause of this prank. In 50% of the cases it works.
Step 6: Now Hide the Desktop Icons
Right click on the desktop and go click Arrange Icons By -> and deselect Show Desktop Icons
This will make the icons dissapear until you recheck that option.
Step 7: Use the Screenshot Now!
Right click on the Desktop -> select Properties
From the popped-up box select the Desktop tab and the click the Browse button
Locate and select the none.bmp screenshot.
Click Apply .
Step 8: Illusion
Ta-daaa! Icons back? LOL, not at all, the background image fools you.
Looks real, isn't it? :)
Now GET OUT of there, step back to a place where you can observe without being noticed. Be discrete.
Just watch them as they resume work on their computer.
Just don't burst into laughter.
Step 9: What Will the Victim Do
First they will click.
Then they will double-click.
Then they will right click
--- drag around
--- click again
But what's more strange is that the taskbar works (LOL :D). So they won't assume the computer just froze all of the sudden, they can use the other apps as well.
So they will restart the computer ... hoping it will work again. (actually a surprisingly low number of victims did this... :/ )
Step 10: But After the Restart...
1 -The icons will still remain hidden
2 - The "none.bmp" wallpaper will still be active
The show goes on :D
This is the point where they will call tech-support or the IT guys.
So, watch for another round of fun... how long until the IT guys will figure it out?
In the end they will realize someone has fooled them. Some will get a little paranoid. :D
Revenge is sweet, isn't it? ;)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
You can use this prank as well if you try to come a little closer to the hot secretary newly arrived in the company, or if you'll try to break the ice to get into talks with your beautiful female colleague you usually don't know how to approach.
(It's like in cars: deflate her tire, then wait until she sees it and offer to help her change the wheel ;))
Make her computer act like crazy, wait and step into the scene help her out. Just sell her some story about people playing practical jokes to the newly arrived in the company. She WILL remember you after this for being kind to her ;)
Here you go: an instructable with two sides: a dark one and a bright one. Depends on the purpose :D
PS: You can use it in school/college as well! ;)