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Computer Technicians Share The Weirdest Things They've Found On Someone's Computer

I can't unsee this!

If only people knew the secret lives we all hide on our computers, we'd all be committed. The strange things we all store on our computer could scare the crap out of everybody. I pray that I get a heads up about my death so that people don't find things I won't be around to explain. We all have those little eccentricities buy they're just ours to know about. Ours and the technicians who stumble across our secrets because we need things fixed. I think I'm going to get a do it yourself manual. Those computer repair techs seem to have big mouths.

Redditor u/classictom wanted the techies put there to share with us by asking.... People who fix computers for a living, what is the weirdest thing you've found on someone's computer?


Gum as an accelerant? 

Worked for a School District when I was younger and one of the kids put gum inside of one of the lab computers... okay not strange for high schoolers but the gum drew in so many ants that the machine lit on fire and caught a cabinet it was right next to on fire. TokenBloke

The Birds....

A folder filled with photos all labeled with dates just of what seemed like the same weird pigeon cross breed or something, it was the life span basically of thus bird I was absolutely stunned, I only looked through the folder cause he said he'd be ok with me factory resetting the PC, as long as I saved this one file. There were so many photos like a picture a week for like a maximum of 5-6 years, had to throw it on two of the USB's we had due to the sheer amount of photos. MemeAPhobia

Don't hit 'Start!'

I work for a managed services provider. I had to remote into a user's personal laptop one time to help her set up her VPN connection while she was on the phone with me.

She was using Windows 8, which has the live tiles on the start menu. One of them was her pictures gallery, which was cycling through nude, provocative pictures of her.

But what the hey? This is her personal computer and she's welcome to keep her nudes on there if she pleases. I did my best to pretend that I hadn't seen anything and continued about my business, avoiding the start menu when possible. APIPAMinusOneHundred

That's Looney Tunes! 

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A whole terabyte of porn scattered through EVERY folder of his computer and he was such a nice, unassuming old man. Apparently there is a porn star called Juggs Bunny. MenaNoN

Always have another way... 

The most hilarious thing I found was when I was fixing a friend's laptop.

He had a shortcut to his desktop... on his desktop.

EDIT: Some people here are thinking it was a shortcut to the folder Desktop. It was not. It was literally a shortcut of the « Go to Desktop » feature. Meaning if you double clicked it it would just minimize everything and show you the desktop or if you were already in it re-open all windows. So pretty useless. It was a laptop so no double monitors or anything like. Had a good laugh when I saw it. Ayto7

An Acquired Taste.... 

It's not surprising to find porn on a PC. What is surprising is having a well-known judge turn his MacBook in for repair and finding nearly a terabyte of tentacle porn on it. jggunbeliever

Truckflix and Chill?

A semi-truck track racing website wherein the individual I was assisting was logged into a paid/premium account. I looked it up and it's something like $20 per month to access unlimited live streams of competitive semi-truck track racing.

I'm used to finding screwed up porn. That's pretty commonplace, but I've never met anyone into competitive semi-truck racing to a point where they'd pay monthly to watch it. liquorlanche

Gotcha! 

Worked at a retail store that fixes computers for a summer in college. This one guy brought in his computer for us to wipe or put an antivirus on or something. There was only one folder on his his desktop. It was named "Spank Bank." Naturally, I opened it, and it was exclusively pictures of John Deere tractors. No porn whatsoever. The dude had to have done it just to troll us. It worked. NotePayable

It burns! 

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Less weird and more awkward.

I used to work in tech support 10 years ago. One of the help desk supervisors was amazing, always had a terrible pun to share, gave me several lifts home after a night shift, going out of his way to so and was generally an incredibly nice bloke.

I hold him responsible for the fact that the client of the company I worked for hired me out of it and I went on to be super successful in IT. He gave me that chance, told people they were wrong about me and I could go far.

Few years back, he killed himself. Leaving his non computer literate wife with all his weird tech stuff and computers. When I found out he had committed suicide I reached out to her to pass on my condolences and offer any assistance I could. She apparently knew who I was by the things he had said and took me up on the offer to take a look at his computers and merge them into one PC she could use.

So I did, before doing so, I sat down with her and went through every file and directory, asking her if she wanted it kept etc. All in all took a few days as we went through every back up he ever did.

Day 1 when directory diving I opened a folder that just had a big old picture of his penis. Cue incredible awkwardness, she asked me to delete it and we moved on. A week later I came back to finish the job and go through the last files before I merged the hardware to make her a super computer. Unfortunately I was going through back ups, and didn't recognize the directory structure and boom, there is his junk again, in full HD glory.

Miss the old dude, but I wish the image of his penis that is burnt into my retina wasn't. Septimus217

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Vibrators need love too! 

Many years ago now. Was copying over person's pictures to a hard drive as she requested before it was to be rebuilt. I wasn't looking at the screen but glanced over to see the progress and that's when I saw dozens of photos of this woman's vibrator. Nothing sexual. Just had it in various places.

The weirdest was seeing it in bed and covered up & tucked in with just the tip poking out on a pillow. She was embarrassed as hell, her face as red as a tomato and all I could say was "It's OK, I see weirder things all the time. This is nothing." I never told anybody at work about it. The-Jesus_Christ

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Here are a some people admitting strong opinions they no longer have, and what it took to change those views. Redditor u/segafarm asks:

What is the strongest opinion you once held but no longer hold, and what make you change your mind?

Jade-Colored Glasses

I used to think that being cynical/negative was realistic and somehow smarter than being positive. I've since realized that a "be prepared for the worst but expect the best" is far better. We can't control the outcome of anything in life. Being negative makes you miserable rather than protected from bad things happening.

nanaimo

Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

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Not-A-Real-Subreddit

A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?

CDC_

Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.

berfica

You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.

inca829

Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.

6quid

The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.

TianaLeFong

High Times

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I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.

edgar__allan__bro

The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.

ExtremelyLongButtock

All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.

PlantTreesForToday

Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

I also work in a school that has a high number low income and refugee families. It has really opened my eyes to the struggles that some people face.

BuffyandtheHellcats

He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.

june606

Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.

Xingua92

Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.

RogerDeanVenture



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