Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Office Prank: Hacked Startup

This prank idea comes from The Daily WTF and is so simple and quick to do that you should be able to set it up for April Fool's Day no problem. All you really need to do is record your voice (or anybody's voice) and record a message saying that the computer has been hacked. You then put that sound file in the startup folder on your victim's computer and next time they turn on their computer, they'll get a nice little greeting.

Of course, because this prank is so basic, there's a good chance it won't really fool anybody that's even remotely familiar with how computers work. However, there are still many people that are still pretty clueless when it comes to computers and as such, would make the perfect victims here. Also, make sure you disguise your voice somehow or use somebody's voice that the victim won't recognize because that'd be a dead giveaway if they figured out it was you on the sound file.

Now you don't have to go the whole "hacked' route with the sound file. You could also go for playing some sort of embarassing sound recording instead. That way it won't matter if they know exactly how you did it, because the prank isn't to scare them, it's embarass them. You could record some disgusting sounds (farts, burps, etc.), or some raunchy sounds (such as sexual noises, though you gotta be careful about that one in a work environment), or simply have the recording say something that would embarass the victim like "[victim's name] has the hots for [some other coworker's name]".

Obviously this prank does require the victim to have speakers. If they don't usually have their speakers on when they turn on their computer, just be sure you get there first and turn them on for them.

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