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Evil Tips and Tricks - Part 2





Author: Spot
Posted on: 2/6/2001
Discuss: In the forums



Introduction
Due to the overwhelming response to our last "Evil Tricks and Tips" article, we decided to post one more list of items that makes a cubicle or dorm room just a little bit more enjoyable. We said it last time and we'll say it again: The tips and tricks listed in this article are for informational and educational purposes only. LittleWhiteDog.Com will not assume or accept any responsibility if these tips are used in an inappropriate manner.

You will notice that each tip will identify which operating systems we know for sure it will work on correctly. Some of these items may work on other OS's, but if it was not tested by us, then I'm not going to list it. A "damage/annoyance meter" will also be included with each section. I hope everyone finds this information informative and educational and if you decide to venture out on your own and try these tactics, please don't come crying to us. With that being said, let's jump right in the fun!




Embarass Your Co-Workers
  • Operating System = Windows 95 and 98
  • Annoyance level = Medium
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
We're gonna start part 2 off with the easiest trick in the world, but it's one of the funniest depending on your own imagination. All we are going to do is rename a 9x machine so it sticks out to people looking in Network Neighborhood. In this case, we're going to name it "AssLover".

The Steps
  • Right-Click on Network Neighborhood and go into Properties
  • Click on the "Identification" tab.
  • Type in "AssLover" in the "Computer Name" field.
  • Type in "I Love Ass" in the "Computer Description" field.
  • Click "OK" and restart the computer.
Now the machine is named AssLover so when people open up Network Neighborhood, it will look similar to the pic below. Obviously there will be many more machines on the network in a corporate environment and with a name like AssLover, it will stick out like a sore thumb. Who checks their machine name everyday anyway?






The Crazy Mouse
  • Operating System = Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000
  • Annoyance level = High
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
The crazy mouse involves a small 21k application that makes the mouse randomly move on it's own. I would post the origin of this exe if I could remember where we found it, but it's been so long that I don't have a clue. The file was originally named "Mouse.exe" but we renamed it to "system.exe" so it wouldn't be as obvious when it appeared in task manager.

The Steps
  • Download system.exe from this link.
  • Place this file in the startup folder of the target machine.
  • Reboot, sit back and watch.
To exit this annoyance all you have to do is hit the escape key. If this trick is done on the most novice of users, the thought of hitting escape will never even cross their mind. You know the kind of people I'm talking about...don't you? The more experienced users usually open task manager right away but are generally hesitant to kill the app called "system".

You may also place this file anywhere on the machine and make the app run as a service for better hiding purposes, but I'll leave that one up to you.




Changing Windows Tips
  • Operating System = Win 95
  • Annoyance level = Low
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
A lot of people already know this one, but it's still kind of funny for the people that don't have a clue. Remember the old tips that used to pop up on your screen the first time you launched Windows 95? I'm sure you unchecked the box that read "Show this welcome screen next time you start Windows", but many newbies like to read those tips. I like to change them to have "Special Meanings"

The Steps
  • Open regedit.exe (Start, Run, type in "Regedit" and hit enter)
  • Navigate to: [HKLM SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion explorer Tips]
  • Double Click any of the strings in the right side of the window to edit the value data.
  • Type in whatever you want and click "OK"
  • After editing the tips, exit regedit.
  • Click on "Start", "Run" and type in "Welcome".
  • Check the box that reads "Show this welcome screen next time you start Windows" and you're done.





Booting Straight to DOS
  • Operating System = Windows 95 and 98
  • Annoyance level = Medium
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
DOS is fun, stable, and educational so why boot into Windows when you can boot directly into DOS? Who needs that GUI interface anyway?

The Steps
  • On the root of the C: drive, you will find the file MSDOS.sys
  • Right-click on it and uncheck the "Read-Only" checkbox and then hit OK.
  • Open the file in Notepad.exe
  • In the "Options" section, you will see a line that reads: BootGUI=1
  • Change that line so it reads: BootGUI=0
  • Save the changes, and make the file "Read-Only" again.
Next time the machine is rebooted, it will boot directly into DOS. Then you can watch the person sit there and stare at it....waiting...and waiting for good old Windows to come up, but it just doesn't want to until you type "win" and hit enter.




The Hideous Background
  • Operating System = Windows 95, 98, and ME
  • Annoyance level = HIGH
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
This little trick involves settings someone's background to some picture they definitely don't want to be displaying to the whole world. Once that is done, we will remove the "Background" tab from the display properties so it can't be changed.

The Steps
  • I'm not going to tell you how to change the background image. You wouldn't be here if you can't do that one.
  • Once you find a nice pretty picture and have it in place, then you can continue on.
  • The registry files I have included here will create a DWORD value in
    [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System] named "NoDispBackgroundPage" and set the value to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the background tab, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the background tab, use this file.
  • Save these files to the desktop, and double click them to enter the values into the registry.
Here's what it will look like before and after.

Display Properties Before Display Properties After


I personally like to use this picture when I use this trick, but I'm sure everyone has their own ideas in their head.




A Combination Of Tricks

  • Operating System = Windows 95 and 98
  • Annoyance level = Very High
  • Damage Level = 0/5
The Objective
One of the best tools that EVER came with Windows was called Policy Editor. This tool can be very useful to a desktop technician and it can also be very, very annoying to a technician if he or she doesn't know about it or even how to use it. Either way, it will definitely annoy the hell out of people that don't know jack about the registry.

On this page, I am going to explain and provide the registry files for quite a few different things that can be done (and undone) to a Windows 9X machine. I tested all of these items on a 95 and a 98 box, but have not tested them on WinME. The "Hideous Backgound" reg files worked on WinME so I would assume these would too, but since I didn't test it... I won't guarantee it works.

Let's start off with whacking away at some of those damn items on the Start Menu.
Removing "Shut Down"
How in the world is the guy sitting next to you going to get any work done if he keeps rebooting his machine? Let's get rid of that "Shut Down" option so he's forced to get some real work done.
  • This registry file will create a DWORD value in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer] named "NoClose" and set the value to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the "Shut Down" option, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the "Shut Down" option, use this file.
After running the reg file on the desktop, when the user clicks on Shut Down, the following message will appear. Once the machine is rebooted or "explorer" has been killed and restarted, the Shut Down option will be completely removed from the start menu.





Removing "Run"
While we're at it, he probably doesn't need that "Run" option either does he?
  • This registry file will create a DWORD value in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer] named "NoRun" and set the value to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the "Run" option, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the "Run" option, use this file.
You have to end task on explorer or reboot in order to get this one to work. Usually people don't notice this one right away. They may think something doesn't look right at first, but they'll figure it out sooner or later.



Removing "Find"
Why? Because you can.
  • This registry file will create a DWORD value in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer] named "NoFind" and set the value to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the "Find" option, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the "Find" option, use this file.
Now that we have cleaned up the start menu a bit, it should look something like this when all three items above are used. The options for "Shut Down", "Run", and "Find" are all gone.





Cleaning Up the Display Properties
Remember how we removed the background tab from the display properties on page 1? We're going to clean it up even more now. Personally, I like to change the resolution to 640x480 and 16 colors before running this reg file, but I know you guys would NEVER do such a thing. This file will remove the "Effects", "Web", and "Settings" tabs from the display properties.
  • This registry file will create a DWORD value in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies System] named "NoDispSettingsPage" and set the value to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the "Settings" option in display properties, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the "Settings" option in display properties, use this file.
Here's what it will look like before and afterwards. You may notice the "Background" tab is missing too. If you don't remember why, you need to go back and read page 1.

Display Properties Before Display Properties After


NOTE: For the experienced people that are getting ready to fire an E-mail off to me right now letting me know you can disable the WHOLE display properties at once, please don't. I already know you can. I find it funnier to let them enter what's left of the display props and watch them try to fix it while working at 640x480.



Hiding Network Neighborhood
Nothing pisses me off more than walking up to someone to help them with a problem and when I ask them to connect to a server or map a drive, they open up Network Neighborhood. Maybe it's because I work in an environment that has thousands of computers and when they double click it, 2 - 3 minutes sometimes go by before it finally opens up. Maybe it's just me, but it's one of my pet peeves.

Anyway, to break certain people of this habit, I have been forced to use the following reg keys that will hide all of the computers in Network Neighborhood.
  • This registry file will create two DWORD values in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Network] named "NoEntireNetwork" and "NoWorkgroupContents" and set the values of both to either "1" or "0".
  • To HIDE the computers in Netowrk Neighborhood, use this file.
  • To SHOW the computers in Network Neighborhood, use this file.




Disable the Desktop
This is by far my favorite of these simple little reg files. The following reg settings will disable the desktop. Sound kind of weird? It is. Let me explain what will happen. With this enabled, when the machine is rebooted the icons will not appear on the desktop and you can't "right-click" on it either. Most people will end up rebooting again and again trying to figure out where everything went. It appears the machine is hung because the desktop icons are not there, but it's not.
  • This registry file will create a DWORD value in [HKCU Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer] named "NoDesktop" set the values to either "1" or "0".
  • To DISABLE the desktop, use this file.
  • To ENABLE the desktop, use this file.
You can still access the items on the desktop through Windows Explorer, but if you try to access it through the desktop shortcut on the QuickLaunch bar, you will get the same message as when you remove the Shut Down option:





All in One
I have put together all of the reg files that have been included in this article into two master files. I figured it might come in handy (for educational purposes of course) for some people. This way, you can "learn" about one file at a time, or you can "learn" about them all at once in one big happy file. Here is the Master Lock file and here is the one that will unlock it all.




Conclusion
It's very difficult to determine what tricks should have been put in this article and it's also difficult to know what people already know about. After the first tips and tricks article, so many people sent in tricks they used to play on their co-workers that I feel the need to stick a couple in here. I hope everyone enjoyed this friendly evil-ness that make Windows fun, and I really do hope that some of you learned a little something new. I'm going to leave you with a list of some of my favorite tricks that were submitted to me via E-mail. Thanks to everyone who submitted these! Enjoy!
  • Install a secondary floppy drive inside of the machine and leave a floppy inserted into it.
  • Set the browser cache to point to the desktop.
  • Replace the mouse cursor with a small black dot.
  • Write a batch file that makes a DOS window pop up with "PROUD TO BE GAY" in purple then place in the registry under the run line.
  • Set their Netscape icon to a reboot batch file.
  • Tape the mouse ball.
  • Remove the mouse ball.
  • Unplug network cable slightly.
  • Swap the keys around on the keyboard.
  • Increase the start menu delay time.
  • Rename the Recycle bin.
  • Use Tweak UI to change icon shortcut symbol.
  • Turn on sticky keys.
  • Write bat file to copy thousands of 1k files to a remote machine. Defrag will take days. (We've done this one and it's great)









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Published on: 2004-01-31 (32171 reads)

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