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Anon wrote: This could be interesting :P

Do we have any proof like AV logs etc that he did in fact have these "Trojans" on his "Computer" for "extended" periods of time?


Proof? This is Pit we are talking about. He speaks the gospel of truth in every post!

Anyway, on a more serious note, the worst thing someone has done to my computer was turned it off... while I was doing coursework. They thought that the black plug wasn't my computer. Sufice to say, the next actions I did were rated R for exteme language.

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NeoThermic wrote: Sufice to say, the next actions I did were rated R for exteme language.


What about for physical violence? :P

The worst thing I've done is put a broken CD in the disk drive. Interesting noise it makes...
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my brother pushed my computer down a flight of stairs and steped on the motherboard when I tried to put everything in a new case
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Someone in my family downloaded a virus. Lost lots of data I would have given a few thousand dollars for.
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Not a computer but a peripheral. And it was my fault.

In the olden days (We are talking Atari STs here). I had two years of college work on one floppy disk (couldn't do that with MS Word files could you)

Like a twat, I formatted the disk. I did have hard copies of the work but it meant that many hours of typing up lay ahead of me for the one project.

I walked into college only for someone to say, "You look at bit pissed off today" at which point I just offloaded on the guy reducing him to tears.

That was my "back up your work" lesson which everyone seems to have.
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well lets see, I was hacked on all instant messagers, and well on the net, my forum was hacked,jconserv
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You guys ain't seen nothing! Besides a violent teenager that made me replace my keyboard and mouse nearly on a monthly basis.......the ultimate.....being woken up in the middle of the night to the fire alarms going off, to rush around trying to find what is going on, looking under your desk to find your 3 year old woke up in the middle of the night and lit something on fire that had just melted your keyboard, mouse, speaker, wires together. Although it was believed the motherboard was fried as both the keyboard and the mouse slots were gonners, that motherboard is still running with USB mouse and keyboard. I actually gave it to the child between the two mentioned above only a few months ago when I built myself a new Athlon computer.

As for an Abit board, I do believe that is what the motherboard was and she was second hand to me and I was running it since early 2002. Can't complain in the least, for what it's been through my son is still loving it! He is actually still using the keyboard and speakers from the fire too, I repaired the wiring, and used the converter to make it USB. The only thing we really lost was the mouse.

Aside from that my buddy was working on something on my computer (before I did the work myself) and fried my 486 board, couldn't find another 486 so had to upgrade me to a 586, another board that lasted me forever. I bad flashed my first Pentium computer and had to replace that board cause I couldn't find a piece of crap board with the same bios.

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Well, the worst thing anybody done to my first computer was build it.
400mHz AMD k2 :(

Apart from that, not really much nightmarishly bad has been done (by anyone else :D) to my computer..
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i donno if u guys can see this: http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=396441 hehe thats around the worst stuff u can do to computers

edit nvm. guess u cant see it . i will be making a list to post here of pictures links of..well.. mass evil to the computers
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link 1
link 2
link 3

meh..get the idea lol. they torched old stuff that was destroyed.. dead.. or just give them probs.

theres around 200 pics, and 20 vidoes in that thred above..i think u need 100 posts or something to get into it i guess... o well..

worth thing i ever did 2 a compiter part/software.. have a watercooling loop pop open over the videocard destroying it.. 9800pro videocard.. oo was i mad

[Moderator note: I edited your links because they were too wide (especially the third one), and they were messing up the page format - Darth Wong]
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Since everyone knows better then to touch my computer, I have been the only one to do bad things with it (them). The worst though, would have to be the time I dropped my thinkpad. It was running and I was having a YIM conversation with someone. The last thing that came through that conversation was me saying, "The computer is making a funny noise now..." right before my hard drive spun itself apart.

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I good friend of mine was having trouble with her computer, it's running Win98 (Can't remember what the problem was now). I kept telling her to let me fix it, just bring it in and I'll have it back in no time, as most likely it was just a virus (her husband visits porn sites). She called Gateway to see if they could help her. After talking to the 3rd tech, the tech tells her to back up her pics, etc to a floppy and then proceeds to have her reformat the hard-drive. Halfway thru the reformat, the tech says "Oops, don't think we should have done that". Needless to say, I ended up re-instaling Win98 for her, and put a firewall and anti-virus software on it for her as well (that is how it was determined her visits porn. Her still shuts the virus scanner down before he visits, as I have removed 2 more viruses since :evil: ). Gateway never did anything to make it better.
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When I was 15 my mother decided that Bonzai Buddy would be a cool thing to try.

When I was 19 a bug in IE allowed the CWS trojan (or spyware, if you prefer) to infect my system without my consent.

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Once, my brother's PC was acting funny, so I reformatted his HD (with his permission and after backing up his important documents, FYI), and the message "Yoyo" appeared in funny looking ASCII characters (I believe that's a boot sector virus). The problem seems to have gone away with the reinstallation of Windows, but I made the mistake of neglecting to reinstall his antivirus, and he has three children (so I volenteered to clean up his system, and did it ever have a lot of Badware™ on it).


Most of the worsed things that have happened to my computer arose from my own stupidity, but I am pretty much immune to that, now, even without a ton of scanners I am pretty weary of what I install simply from past experience.

The worsed mistake I have made with my computer is ESD, (I fried it with static). I was careful, but you can never be too careful.
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This wasn't my own computer, but it was a UNIX workstation at work a few years ago. We kept having persistent problems with filesystem corruption on one particular workstation, and we couldn't figure out what was causing it. The user assured us that he wasn't doing anything funny to the machine, we tried swapping out the RAM, etc. Nothing worked.

Then one day I happened to be in that part of the building where this particular workstation was, and I saw the user casually reach down and yank the power cord out of the workstation. Flabbergasted, I ran over and asked him what the hell he was doing. He explained that he reboots the machine whenever it takes too long to perform an operation.

I asked him if he thought that pulling the cable is the correct way to reboot the machine, and he quite earnestly explained that the smart power button wouldn't let him turn the machine off so he started using the "yank the power cord" technique. And that he'd been doing this several times a day for months, ever since he started working at this company.

Arrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!!!
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Darth Wong wrote: This wasn't my own computer, but it was a UNIX workstation at work a few years ago. We kept having persistent problems with filesystem corruption on one particular workstation, and we couldn't figure out what was causing it. The user assured us that he wasn't doing anything funny to the machine, we tried swapping out the RAM, etc. Nothing worked.

Then one day I happened to be in that part of the building where this particular workstation was, and I saw the user casually reach down and yank the power cord out of the workstation. Flabbergasted, I ran over and asked him what the hell he was doing. He explained that he reboots the machine whenever it takes too long to perform an operation.

I asked him if he thought that pulling the cable is the correct way to reboot the machine, and he quite earnestly explained that the smart power button wouldn't let him turn the machine off so he started using the "yank the power cord" technique. And that he'd been doing this several times a day for months, ever since he started working at this company.

Arrrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!!!


Reminds me of a story I heard. Similar to the above, but the user turned the computer off each and every night. But the user's account didn't have permissions to shut it down, When asked how he shut it down, he explained that he simply used the wall switch :roll:
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