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IT Workers Reveal The Strangest Things They've Found On An Employees Laptop

IT Workers Reveal The Strangest Things They've Found On An Employees Laptop

IT Workers Reveal The Strangest Things They've Found On An Employees Laptop

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Today we use computers throughout our personal and professional lives. When they aren't working properly, we call for technical support.

But then the folks from IT? They get full access to our digital lives. And as it turns out, some people should be really worried about that.

Reddit user kevinternet asked "IT people, what is the weirdest/strangest thing you have seen?"

Here are their best stories.

Deliberate Deception

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Desktop folder titled "Adult Films".

It wasn't; it was just work docs.

Up Close and Too Personal

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Fixing a woman's computer. She could no longer log into it for some reason. We removed her password protection and when we logged in, the desktop was full of her pregnancy photos and apparently she was looking at photos of giving birth to her child since that was the first thing we saw when we logged in.

Father Knows Best

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I did a Teamviewer session to my 75 year old father's PC and when I launched Chrome some adult video site was in the frequently visited section.

Only strange because DAD!

More Work Than It's Worth

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Every site this guys ever visited wasn't bookmarked but he kept a shortcut of them on his desktop... I failed to get through to him on the concept of bookmarks. He didn't even understand what a browser was. Now that he has retired I am tasked with going through the two user profiles he used (dont ask how he managed that) and organize anything that was important to his job... I think I might just put in my two weeks before I get to it.

Family Not Fun

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My sister asked me to look at the hard drive she'd salvaged from her old computer after it fried. There were sentimental pictures on there that she and my brother in law wanted. So I set to work, undoing the security on the thing and, as it ran through the files, giving me permissions, my brother in law is sitting next to me, watching what I do and eventually he blurts out nervously "Just to warn you, there are photos on there you don't wanna see."

Wait, what?

Turns out that along with my nieces and nephews baby pictures there are some... eh..... bedroom shots. I have never stepped back so fast from my own computer once I'd gotten through the security. I let my brother in law pick and choose the photos he wanted and then wiped the drive, fast. One quick copy/paste later and it was done.

Spyware Not as Cool as It Sounds

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An age ago, I was a systems admin for a small company. <50 employees, manufacturing company for industrial equipment of a specific nature.

The CEO was a cool dude, really experienced and learned engineer, but he was a total buffoon when it came to computers. One weekend, I get an emergency call from him - he can't open any spreadsheets in Excel, Office is throwing a fatal error every time he tries. OK, so I remote in and start fixing it.

That's when I notice the computer is laggy. Spyware, duh, he had admin rights because when a CEO asks for them, they get them, and he'd installed a ton of online poker games.

I tell him this is gonna take a bit, if he needs to go get a beer or something, it's fine, he can walk away for a bit. He does. I clean his laptop of a bajillion spyware/malware apps, then work on repairing his Office install.

And Thangs

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The only thing on their desktop was a single folder called "stuff."

Unlucky in Love

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Tons of photos from his Russian mail order bride.

Talked to someone turns out it's his THIRD Russian mail order bride.

Not a Secret Now

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For some reason someone thought it was appropriate to shop online at Victoria's Secret at work. In a hospital.

It Was a Great Mower

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Was working on a guy's PC and we had to break for lunch but he said go ahead and keep the Webex open (was waiting for a restore to complete). I was eating lunch at my desk and keeping an eye on the restore. He spent his entire lunch carefully writing an absolutely gushingly positive review about the mower he just bought. He stopped short of saying he wanted to marry whoever built it but I could read between the lines.

After lunch "So, you like gardening?". "Oh... haha yeah..."


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A pirated copy of Voyage of The Dawntreader, the kind that's filmed on someone's phone in a cinema. This was when I worked for a major Visual Effects (VFX) company which had done most of the VFX for that film, in fact the dude's name is probably on the credits. After fixing his IT problem I gave him a few pointers on how to not get fired and likely black balled from the industry.


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A half naked anthropomorphic fox lady for the background.

I mean, furries are gonna be furries.

Frozen Screen

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I'm a tech person at a popular department store. Someone came it claiming the phone they purchased from me the day before was frozen and didn't work.

They had screen-shot the home screen of the phone and set it as the wallpaper, by accident.

The Next 50 Shades

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The laptop had been sent back to repair. I found literally hundreds of thousands of words of Twilight in written by the user, not downloaded.

Guy was a 65 year old engineer.

Picture Perfect

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2 folders with 70,000 copies of the same photo of their boss.

Life Imitates TV

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Not weird, but had someone complain how slow their internet was and they had about 15 streaming episodes of The Office open at the same time.

This strangely sounds like something that would happen on The Office.

Not So Hidden Message

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They had a ton of word documents and moved them around on the desktop to spell "I'm bored."

I Didn't Ask for the Pug Life

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The user was a relatively high level nursing director at a hospital. He was a portly, hairy kind of dude with a giant beard. There was a clearly professional photo of him as his desktop background where he was wearing pink leggings and a tutu and posing with his Pug who was wearing a matching costume.

I laughed for a good minute because this guy was awesome to work with, and the background was just perfect.

Dead Dove, Don't Eat

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A folder titled "Not porn" and it genuinely was just a folder filled with pictures of the guys family, and some work related files as well. Was genuinely not porn. Best part, there was a .txt file that was titled "Read.txt" and upon opening it said "Well what did you expect from a folder labeled not porn". Not sure if it was set there for me as a trap to find personally, or if it was something he just actually had on there in case someone random was just browsing his work computer.

The Silliest Statements People Have Ever Heard Anyone Utter

Reddit user Automatic_Hedgehog71 asked: 'What is the silliest statement you have ever heard someone make?'

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Kids say the cutest things, don't they?

Their unfiltered observations about life's many mysteries can be downright hilarious and serve as reminders of their pure innocence.

But it's less forgivable when adults make naive comments because, well, shouldn't they know better?

That's not always the case, however.

Curious to hear ridiculous examples of the things grown people say, Redditor Automatic_Hedgehog71 asked:

"What is the silliest statement you have ever heard someone make?"

Some people should really think twice before opening their mouth.

Work Of Art

"'How did they get the paint all the way up the sides?' -Middle-aged woman touring the Meteor Crater in AZ."

“'That’s not paint, those are the actual colors of the rock' -Her husband, giving her a long stare and walking away."

– ghostbungalow

For Trial And Error

"I had a boss say 'oh you don’t want kids, you should just have one to try it out.'"

"Really, and what happens if I find out that I truly don’t want kids? Can we just put it back where it came from?"

– tyintegra

Confused Soldier

"I worked at a place that gave a military discount."

"Family (mom, dad, adult son, adult daughter) walked in. Dad was reading the prices and pointed out to the son that he could get a discount!"

"This kid takes the sign, reads it, and says, as God is my witness:"

"I'm not in the military. I'm in the Army."

– JustMeerkats

To Live Or Let Die

"Someone once told me that paramedics/nurses/doctors are not allowed to do CPR on someone they know because it’s 'a conflict of interest.'”

– corviknight2259

It's a wonder how some people manage to live in the real world.

Know Your Audience When Using Big Words

"Sat down to eat with a friend. I said 'I'm famished' she looked at me, laughed and LOUDLY she said to me 'I swear you make up words sometimes.'"

– NotBadSinger514

"Oh man people say this to me all the time! Why did I read books and learn so many words, when no one understands them, and I really didn't think they were so pretentious, words like Famished."

– Person_Letter_629

Not Icarus

"A friend of mine said she got more tanned when riding her bike than she did when walking because on her bike, she was 'closer to the sun.'"

– Five_Star_Amenities

"This just reminded me of a time I was out on a boat with a big group of people and one of them said 'I’m so glad it’s windy, I won’t get sunburned' they thought the wind would push the light away from their skin. I was the only one to say it definitely doesn’t work like that and I could tell they thought I was wrong."

– Thbbbt_Thbbbt

The Symptoms Indicate Otherwise

"Earlier today I offered a cough drop upon my flight’s landing to the lady wet coughing right behind me the whole flight."

'Oh, no thanks, I’m not sick. I just went to Oregon and have felt awful the whole time since.'


– ACaparzo

Completely Lost

"A friend once said she couldn't take Southwest Airlines because she was flying east to Florida."

– ProudCatLadyxo

"How do they get the planes back? Do they repaint them as Northeast? Or do they just push them?"

– ch4m3le0n

"They just keep flying south until they come back around."

– frymeyourpoop

A Silly Sports Spectator Said

"I was at a baseball game in Cincinnati and the teenage girl behind turned to her friend and said 'this is so cool, it's almost like we're watching it live.' I think about that a lot."

"EDIT: based on the look of the girls and their other conversations this was no joke, there was no laughing either. Don't remember the exact year but flip phones were the most common cell phone and we had seats in the outfield so she didn't appear to be watching the game thru her phone. This also wasn't the first time that day where I heard them say something and I stopped what I was doing and stared straight into space, just the most memorable. They seemed like nice enough girls, no malicious or rude conversations, it just appeared like they lacked some basic intelligence for some relatively simple concepts."

– Michael_With_An_M

You can't be difficult and clueless at the same time, can you?

Observe exhibits A, B, & C.

Unpalatable Texture

"A woman tried to send back a dish. She didn’t understand the components of it and tried to tell me that she couldn’t eat it because she was allergic to crunchy. Like yeah the texture. Not the ingredient that we had made crunchy."

– BuckleupBirds

"LMAO. Makes me feel better about the guy who asked a friend (server) for ‘Mushroom risotto, but without the rice’."

– Mavises

I'll Have The Pie And Ice Cream With A Side Of Ice Cream

"Had an older family member that back in the day went to a diner and ordered the 'pie a la mode' from the menu. He then proceeded to ask the waitress if they could put a little ice cream on top of that. : )"

– Fluffing_Satan

My husband and I were walking around a gift shop in Solvang, CA, and marveling at some of the various tchotchkes.

One of them was a MOVA globe.

MOVA globes are usually about the size of a softball held up by three small supports, and they rotate without the use of electrical wires or batteries.

Instead, they're powered by the combination of solar cells and torque from the earth's magnetic field. We didn't know this at the time, however.

When a worker nearby saw us being mesmerized by the shelf of spinning globes, he commented, "Cool, right?"

And I replied, "Yeah, how does it work?"

The dude gave a sly smile and said:

"It's an optical delusion."

Or illusion...

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We all have various brands and businesses we tend to prefer over others.

Sometimes, we might not patronize these businesses because they have a superior product, but because they might seem more trustworthy than their competitors.

Indeed, some people have had such terrible experiences with companies, even some esteemed corporations, that they went running from them straight into the arms of one of their rivals.

Vowing that they would never, ever spend money on this company ever again.

Redditor SignificantClick8284 was eager to hear which companies people have zero trust in, leading them to ask:

"What company will you never trust again?"

Their Poor Communication Is Kind Of Ironic...


"Their agents will lie to your face and act like you're in the wrong when called out."- bigdammit

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Not A Place To Spend Or Save Your Money...

"Ashley Furniture."

"Joke of a company."

"Bank of America - also scum."- KrankOverman

Better Question, What Question Will You EVER Trust Again...

"Unfurls paper scroll that stretches to the floor and rolls out the door."

"Ahem."- djb2589

"I see no reason to trust any company."- lycos94

When The Conformation Email Is Moot...


"I 'booked' through them just to find out that the hotel had no record of my reservation."

"Then I spent an hour in the lobby trying to get them on the phone, just to find out the price wouldn’t be honored and have them try to sell me another nearby hotel room."

"Nightmare."- DuncanAerilious

"Oh, oh The Well's Fargo Wagon Is A Comin'..."

"Wells Fargo."- clubberlang2005


"I was one of the WF customers who suddenly had 3 mystery WF accounts under my name."

"This was prior to the court case so I went in to my branch to ask WTF."

"The manager said the guy who set up those accounts was the same guy that setup my original 2 accounts - a checking and savings account."

"That a-hole tried to make it sound like he was doing me a favor by setting up all these accounts."

"Making it worse he says I need to login to my account in order for him to remove the other 3 accounts."

"He hands me that password box, I enter my password and he says 'that's an easy one to remember'."

"Is that your favorite band?'"

"After he said that I asked for the branch manager and told him what just happened and that I was closing all of my accounts'."- thescreamingstone

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"That's All Folks!"


"Every f8cking thing."

"From anvils to bat suits to zoot suits always FAIL."- alien_survivor

Not Equipped For The Digital Age


"Thier printers (large and small format) are all complete trash that require constant upkeep."- Bluegrass_Barbarian

Pictures And Fine Print Can Be Misleading...

"Airbnb."- pkovach64

"My wife and I were drinking and got pretty drunk at an Airbnb and without letting us know the hosts sent a bunch of people to the property to refill the propane and other stuff."

"They came into the house while we were drunk and half-naked and were catcalling my wife in front of me."

"This was a pretty big and well-known group operating in Tennesee."

"From what we found out this is extremely common."- Huge-Plantain-8418

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Analog Has Its Benefits...

"EA."- bullet312

"I lost all my sims sh*t because I hadn't logged in for more than 6 months."

"EA told me to reset my password so that they could restore my account."

"They kept saying the link was in my email, but it never came."

"Kept calling to try to get the issue fixed over a few weeks, then I realized they were just d*cking me around."

"F*ck EA."- MotherOfDogs1872

And To Think They're Supposed To Help You...

"Any insurance company."

"Especially health and homeowners."- carolizzy81

FalsE Advertising


"They took double stuffed Oreos, reduced the amount of cream to the same as the regular Oreos, and are still selling them as double stuffed, and are charging double stuffed prices!"

"The betrayal is unforgivable."- It_Wasnt_Me79

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As If Taxes Aren't Annoying Enough...

"Jackson Hewitt!"

"Had our taxes done a while back, and the tax preparer asked if we wanted the $200 cash advance."

"We did not."

"She then proceeded to change our information and use hers to get the temporary card with the advance."

'She then used an ATM to withdraw cash."

"She was arrested, but getting a refund was like pulling teeth from a hen."

'They didn't believe that it happened even though we had the paperwork with the tax preparer's information on it."

"It was a frigging nightmare!"

"Oh, I almost forgot she added me to the return and said I was the sister instead of the mom, so we ended up owing $1500 on top of the bullsh*t from the tax preparer."

"I do our taxes now."- RoguePhoenix259

People like to know when they're spending money that it's going somewhere they can trust.

Especially if their money is going somewhere that is supposed to keep their money safe, to begin with...

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Humans seem to get swept up in group mentality and ignorance far too often.

Just because 10 of your neighbors jump off of a bridge, should you?

Celebrity fads, diet fads, Black Friday sales...

The masses love to blindly join in on the crazy.

Or the fun. it's a coin toss.

Redditor AdmirableFlow wanted to hear about group mentality that wasn't too bright, so they asked:

"What's the most severe case of mass stupidity you've ever witnessed?"

There is no greater group of followers than people who run every time Apple puts out a new product.

Same phone, just a thousand dollars more.

The Dodge

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"The rich ones at the top are just in for the tax dodge. A lot of the ones below them are in it thinking they can shmooze with the rich ones at the top and become one of them some days. So yeah dumb but with a layer of greed involved."


Bad Socials

"Before social media, I just assumed people were mostly educated. Boy was I f**king wrong."

"Not only was I wrong, but now I myself feel stupid for believing that for so long."


"Up until my early 20s I felt like I was smarter than 90% of the people around me, being generous. It seemed like so many people were just complete morons, and I had this massive smug sense of superiority feeling that I was just more intelligent (and thus better) than most people."

"As I aged, I began to realize how far I'd shoved my head up my own a** and I understood that while I might have been naturally gifted in some ways, there were others in which I was the 'idiot' and other people were capable and intelligent. I felt like a real a** for feeling so much better than others, and I felt humbled."

"And then everything since about mid-2015 happened and I've really started to wonder if maybe I was just right for the wrong reasons before..."


Without Fail

"Maybe not the most severe, but one that everyone here has personally seen at least once in their lives. When at an airport and the gate agent says 'We're about to commence boarding. Please remain in your seats until your group has been called.' And then half the people were waiting standing up and crowding the gate in a scene of utter chaos. Every time, without fail."



"The great toilet paper rush at the start of COVID. There was nothing about COVID that threatened the global toilet paper supply, and yet people just started panic-buying it and artificially creating a huge shortage."

"(We would eventually realize that there was a small uptick in toilet paper sold for private use, as many people were going to the bathroom at home more than at work, but no one realized that at the time and it had nothing to do with the panic - people just started buying more because people were buying more)."



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"Thousands of people during the pandemic thinking the vaccination made their skin magnetic. What in the actual hell."


Everybody thought they were about to become a member of the X-Men with the Covid vaccines.

Still waiting on that proof.


"People waiting in Dealey Plaza for JFK Jr. to show up."


"That's the first thing that popped into my mind. and they stayed there for days, didn't they? someone was interviewing people in the crowd and lots of people seemed to think other celebrities were also coming back/out of hiding. Someone was looking forward to seeing Robin Williams."


"You could simply declare the entire MAGA and QAnon movements to be mass stupidity and you'd not be wrong. Propaganda is a helluva drug and under-education is real. Fear and prejudice go hand-in-hand with under-education."



"Anyone who keeps getting involved in Ponzi or MLM schemes."

"For decades the public has been warned on what to watch out for to avoid these schemes, you would assume that the vast majority of people would have learned by now that these schemes are fraudulent and just can't work out. Yet somehow here we are with thousands of these companies still up and running and thriving and even more people being taken advantage of by them."


Open Up

"My local park's playground has a push gate."

"Every time I watch grown adults stare at it for like 20 seconds then go 'I think it's locked is there another one?'"

"To which I walk up and... Push the gate open."

"What annoys me about this is they want to catch an attitude like I'm an a-hole for it."



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"Those public challenges that CLEARLY risk health, i.e., 'the tide pod challenge.' Next time, just let things sort themselves out on their own. We can use fewer idiots in the world."

"The ice bucket challenge was at least kind of cute and DID give ALS a lot of media attention/awareness and raised a lot of money."


I liked doing my ice bucket challenge.

Do you have anything to add? Let us know in the comment below.

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