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Aside from actually drop-kicking it or smashing it with a sledge hammer, it's fairly difficult to actually break a computer. That said, there are a number of ways to render your computer just slightly more useful than a doorstop. Certain careless acts can cause crashes, freezes, painfully slow performance, loss of data or invasion of your privacy.
Pranksters know that even dull office PCs can be playgrounds and that little surprises can have a big impact. The real secret of successful pranking is simplicity. Your prank should be quick to implement and even quicker to reverse, especially if you're working for a company that doesn't look kindly on time wasting. All you need is a Windows PC and a suitable victim.
Who in their right mind would ever want to mess up their computer? Lets start with some of the smaller stuff. The mouse and keyboard are pretty necessary to the operation of the PC, and so if you mess that up, good by to all productivity.
Most people would hate it if someone messed with their laptop. It's an expensive productivity tool, and someone screwing around with it could cost time, work or even hundreds of dollars. But if you've got a rebellious streak or a grudgethere are ways to escalate your interoffice prank war by changing a few settings on someone else's computer.
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Users find plenty of ways to run into trouble, from gunking up their system with shareware to leaving it exposed to attackers to forgetting about using surge protectors. Share this list with your own users so they can sidestep preventable problems like these. We all do dumb things now and then, and computer users are no exception.