PC Shutdown Prank!

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I'm going to show you how to use a desktop shortcut to prank your friends/family. It will simply just shutdown the computer when they click the shortcut and they think there going to open internet explorer. This will NOT hurt your PC in anyway or delete any files.

Step 1: New Shortcut

On your desktop right click, click new, then click shortcut
like this:
  • right click>new>shortcut

Step 2: Shutdown Code

A window should pop-up...
Now type this in the entry: Shutdown -s -t 30

  • The number are how many seconds it will take for the computer to shutdown, you can change the number if you want.

Click next.

Step 3: Name the Shortcut

It is best to name the shortcut Internet Explorer because people use that the most and they will fall for it. Now click Finish.

Step 4: The Disguise

Now you want to disguise it so it looks like internet explorer to do that simply:
Right click on the shortcut and click properties,
Now go on the shortcut tab and click change icon,
Just find the internet explorer icon and select it,
Now click apply and OK.

Note: Windows XP will have a older version icon but if you use vista then it has a new version of the icon.

Warning: Don't fall for your own prank!

Your Done and Have fun!

Feel free to ask questions, comment, and VOTE!



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    50 Discussions


    3 years ago

    now when my grandpa logs on he will get shutdown


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This program is awsome. I pranked every month


    7 years ago on Introduction

    what type of operating system do you have (example:linux, windows XP, macintosh)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Put this little .exe file in the startup folder. Enjoy their sorrow over how the computer is pretty much done for.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    if you type shutdown -s -t 30 -c "whatever you want to appear"
    it will type it!!!
    lol nice instructable though...
    lol cya


    9 years ago on Step 4

    I have xp butt with the newer internet icon in my progrm files


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah vista has it's problems, I cannot believe Microsoft is not going to fix vista! I'm starting not to like windows and starting to fall into Steve Jobs hands, but I can't get a macbook because I'm only 13 and I don't have a job.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

    Macbooks are great and you could use your old vista cd to run vista and OS X at the same time through parallels or Bootcamp, I'm 13 too just more spoiled...sorry.


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    i am with u there windows sucks i prefer Linux and i might get a lenovo idea pad and look for a refurbished mac a u could probably get one for a bout 500 dollars i feel your pain i am only a couple of years older than u


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    I have never seen or used Linux is it good? Do you need to get special Linux software? could you run Adobe CS3? Do you have to get a Linux compatible laptop or can you run it on a dell? Because I got a Dell inspiron 1525 for my birthday last year (the day I turned 13 and signed up for instructables) and I still love it.