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
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
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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
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
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
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