"I found some shady stuff on a company's server and brought it to their HR manager's attention. Her response led me to end our business relationship with the company that day. She was interested in hearing about it and told me that if I ever wanted to work for another company not to say anything or she would blackball me by calling every other large firm in the area. Long story short, I found proof that an employee was stealing from the company by taking royalties from a vendor that deliberately botched a project and was charging the company every month to fix it."
"I used to work at a repair and refurbish center. We worked on consoles and laptops. I found child smut on at least three laptops while I was there, and each time, we would immediately call the police.
For consoles, cockroaches. None alive thankfully but man, just systems full of hundreds of cockroaches, some of them fried on the board. The smell was even worse. We didn't work on those, even when it was working. For health and safety reasons, we bagged those and throw out the bag.
Some other common strange errors: pet hair caught in cooling fan resulting in overheating, consoles full of sand, and random items stuffed into the disk drive."
"A guy wouldn't give his password for a security conversion.
Eventually, he coughs it up. It is 'lisasbutt15.'
Naturally, the other guys and I start joking around about who is Lisa? Some of us bet his wife, but others think his administrative assistant because he was so shy about it. We got a pool going about it...someone had money on a mistress, I went with admin assistant myself.
We go to the company page for his advisor office, which has a little blurb about the staff. No Lisa.
My co-worker goes, 'Must be the wife then!' and goes to the biography page, which usually has the advisor's family on it.
I yell over my shoulder, 'What's the verdict, man?!'
The guys are all just groaning at whatever it said, so I get up and go over and look. There is a family photo with a caption:
'[Guy], pictured with wife Stephanie, 38, and Daughter, Lisa, 15.'
We reported it to compliance."
"I worked for a repair center for a few years.
Most of the time, it was a family man with a hidden gay folder. Nothing wrong with that, but you could tell the wife and family didn't know.
I found animal stuff maybe once or twice. Both times were great days at work because the jokes were cranked to HIGH those days.
We only found underage stuff once.
We had this weird dude that came in all the time. He looked like a stereotypical creep you'd see on TV. He had long greasy hair, always wore sweatpants with jean shorts on top and a short sleeve polo with a sweater underneath. It was the strangest getup ever.
Anyway, he would come in every six months or so to have his PC worked on, and when we asked for the password to get into it he would refuse. So our only option would be for format the drive and reload the OS. So we did that every six months for two years.
One day, he came in and told us NOT to wipe and reinstall this time, and that he took the password off the computer because he needed the data.
We went through and got rid of the adware he kept complaining about. But I was curious. So I went to his drive directory and typed .jpg .png into the drive search which then located all those extensions.
Sure enough, it was what we all thought it would be. So we called the cops and had them wait in the building the day he said he was going to pick the machine up. He was arrested and charged with 'kid stuff.'"
"Not me, but one of my brothers worked in IT.
He worked at a third-party Apple dealership and was doing a data transfer for a customer from their old machine to their new machine. They would set people up with their photos in iPhoto as part of these data transfers. When they were importing the photos, iPhoto would show each photo for a second as it imported. Most of the time, people would minimize the window to respect the privacy of the customer. Well, that didn't happen and there were gigs and gigs of the customer (middle-aged mom) engaging in disgusting acts with a dog. He had to help bring their new iMac out to their car when they came in to pick it up, and in the car was the dog in the pictures. He was upset by the experience and needed to take a few days to reset."
"I don't fix computers, but my parents gave me a task of fixing the family computer. Few clicks here and there and I ended up on my sister's 'other' Facebook account.
She was selling herself over on FB. She posted her prices and schedule. She also had 100+ messages from guys asking to meet up. I felt so sick.
I told my dad, expecting him to talk to her about it. He ended up kicking her out that night.
Our family hasn't been the same since."
"A 20-year-old friend's mother was going through her husband's laptop to fix some virus issues and found videos of their daughter (my friend) getting changed, taking showers, etc. on the laptop. Apparently, the husband/dad had hidden cameras in their daughter's room taking inappropriate videos of her for years. He's in jail now, but I can't imagine how that felt finding out that her own father that she loved and trusted was betraying her in the sickest way for most of her life."
"Doctors for some reason have the weirdest computers. Maybe because they're desensitized to normal humor or human interaction. A friend that was working on one, in particular, said that every icon on the desktop was of Emmanuel Lewis, you know, Webster. His background too. His picture folder was filled with pictures of Webster too. Creepy, but technically not illegal."
"I worked for my university's IT department in the 'Laptop Depot.' We would do any repairs on students/faculty/staff's laptops (we had this solid warranty with Dell where they were 100-percent covered for four years, even including intentional misuse). We saw all sorts of laptops full of dust, smoke, and drinks (they would always say they spilled 'juice' on their laptop). I got to the point where I could replace a motherboard on a Latitude D630 in under five minutes. The only time I ever saw a laptop that we refused to repair was one dude who barfed all over his. My boss would put on rubber gloves, put it in a plastic bag, and mail it to Dell to be replaced."
"It was not on someone's computer, but IN someone's computer. I used to do tech support at a major research institution, and some of the computers we worked on were in darkrooms, which were used to develop gels, these little jelly-like plates with stripes used in biology to examine DNA. They are developed like camera film with a chemical called ethidium bromide. Ethidium bromide is a potent mutagen, causes cancer and birth defects, especially if it is inhaled as a powder.
Over time, the computer fans would draw in ethidium bromide vapor and the inside of the computers become coated with a sort of white crust. We used to open the cases and blow this crusty dust out with compressed air. Nobody told us it was dangerous.
When we found out, we were outraged, went to the company safety officer, went to management, all that. They were unconcerned and their solution was to give us a box of latex gloves and tell us it was our job to check with the lab manager if we thought anything might be dangerous in a lab."
"A crusty old man walked into the shop with a look in his eyes like a child who just stole from the cookie jar. The year is 2017 but he asked me if I could burn a cd for him. I was confused, but I indulged the customer's request. I asked him what he wanted burned to the cd, he simply pointed to a folder titled 'new folder.' By instinct, I double clicked, and in that moment what little innocence I had left died. Inside that indescribable folder were hundreds of pictures of what I'm assuming was his wife in what can only be described as explicit positions. I'm sure she was a fine lady, but age had not been kind to her, the lack of hygiene and poor diet didn't help either. Frozen in place, I slowly turned my head to the old man's gaze, only to be met with a simply indescribable grin, a wink, and a slow nod. Never before in my life had I been that afraid, disgusted, and stunned, but I had a job to do. I grabbed a dusty old 700mb cd and burned those images. It was done, the transaction was made, but I was robbed, of my innocence, and of my sanity."
"Someone once brought in a cooler to the repair shop. I was confused and awkwardly asked if I could help the guy.
A guy opened the cooler and handed me a freezing laptop and its keyboard was bowed out because of the ice that formed on the motherboard. Apparently, the guy spilled water all over his computer, and his friend told him to put it in the freezer so it would turn into a solid.
It was the dumbest thing I have ever experienced
He also said he put it in the freezer because he figured I could just chip the ice off and everything would be fine"
"The inside of a heavy smoker's computer is beyond disgusting. It creates a fine orange-ish film that coats every internal component, smells wretched, and will become a noxious cloud if you try and blow it off.
Just go outside to smoke. Seriously."
"My brother works on laptops, and one time a guy came in to get Windows 8 put on his computer (this man was an old family friend), and while he was backing up files, he found a video of the man's daughter. I won't go into details of what it is, for the sake of keeping my blood pressure down. But my brother immediately alerted the authorities, and the man is now serving a 12-year prison term. He's just lucky my brother was at his place of business, or I believe he would have killed him instead of calling the law."
"Well, I was asked to work on two laptops; one belongs to the lady's son and the other her daughter. Daughter's machine was alright, just some tuning up. Sons machine... well I expected a 12-year-old to be looking at smut, but not regular dog smut. I don't mean furry; just straight dog smut."
"Glue, sequin, and grease, plus a LOT of viruses.
In a con I was partially organizing, the PC hooked to the main screen (on which every single performance of the day, be it cosplay, music, or the karaoke program, had to be uploaded) fried at the start of the second of three days. In desperation, I had to send my laptop to the slaughtering ground.
There was a total of 21,396 viruses detected. Then 3,402 instances of malware/spyware detected in the scan. One of our partners (a professional french music syndicate) had so many viruses on their USB key that my antivirus apparently crashed when they put it in.
It took me a week to clean the software, and three more days to clean the hardware from the mix of cosplay glue, sequin and glitter, and for some odd reason, grease."
"I'll never forget the story about the guy who brought in his computer for repairs but it shut down, so Chrome wanted to resume the previous browsing session.
So, I sit there half-open pc repair place that was combined with the store. It's 9 a.m., it's my first repair having just gotten some coffee, and I press on 'yes default action' to resume browsing session.
Hardcore gay smut action sounding, loudly, across the store. I'll never forget that.
Another guy wanted to run some kind of cam site, so he had his whole desktop full of folders with links to camgirls organized by the kind of things they would do on cam.
Also a lot of pictures of people that throw away private pictures to the trash can without emptying it."
"For a while, I was the person who'd remote into computers at my agency to fix up stuff, fix the occasional connection problem, update software, etc.
One day, I remoted into an executive's computer just to recover some stuff and update a few apps.
Just like... the junk...of a horse. I just didn't know what to do about it. I went about my business, did the backups and updates, kept the image open, set the machine to sleep, sent a message to my super with the subject line "Explicit Material" that just said 'uh, CEO had like, a massive equestrian equine 'thing' onscreen, and I assume it was a joke or something, but like, remind people to not leave 'sensitive material' open or unlocked on machines overnight? Just like, another legal warning or something,' as opposed to 'KYLE, THE CEO HAS AN OPEN STASH OF PONY SMUT.'
I live by the notion that that was my 'arrange by junk' moment, but I've come across plenty of other explicit, stupid, or bad stuff on computers at work. That's just the one that's stuck with me the most."
"Does what I found in the keyboard count? I used to work in IT support for a hospital. One of the PAs said her computer wasn't typing properly anymore.
Called up, swapped out the keyboard and took the 'defective' one back to the office.
On examination (and after discretely chatting with one of her colleagues) what we found was years like genuinely years of food particles under the keys.
So many crumbs from hundreds of break time muffins and sandwiches had been dropped under the keys and compacted by typing that they couldn't be removed without a screwdriver and serious effort.
We just dumped it into the medical waste incinerator."
"Content: Fixed a personal computer for a lady at work, she said, 'There's probably pictures of my friends and me at parties. You're welcome to look, consider it my thank you for fixing my computer.' She was a lesbian, and not unattractive. Neither were her friends. All kinds of pictures of her and friends in various, ahem, situations. Best day at work ever.
Physical condition: Smokers, always smokers. If you smoke in front of your computer, the inside is going to look and smell like an ashtray. Absolutely disgusting."
"Although the company I used to work for did not poke around in people's information, we would have to migrate data.
I have seen many nudies from the customer, their own or just smut, and I guess, unsurprisingly, a lot of dudes who were not ashamed of me seeing this stuff (I'm a female).
Definitely, the weirdest was an older gentleman who had a folder labeled 'nearly nude' on his iPad. It was just a bunch of pictures of men in underwear and bathing suits from like retail websites.
One time while helping an old lady set up and activate her new phone. All sorts of junk pic notifications pop up in the messages.
Bugs inside of computers too many times to count and an iPhone once! Also, beads and random stuff stuck in fans was a normal occurrence.
Unrelated but definitely the grossest. A lady spilled a bowl of chili on her laptop (chili coming like through the USB ports) and wanted us to pull the drive to recover information. We were able to get her data! But ants swarmed the computer overnight because of the chili and I had to double bag that thing the next morning and leave it for her to pick up as is."
"Kiddie smut. A guy bought a new PC from the small town computer store I worked for. I took the hard drive out of the old PC, put it in a USB enclosure, and connected it to the new PC to copy data. The new PC already had virus protection on it, and when copying his photos folder, a message popped up from the AV program stating it found some viruses and quarantined them. After the process completed, I went back into the folder to double check that all the folders were copied. After drilling down into a folder, a few pictures of naked boys popped up (the folder view was set to large icons). I got off that PC and shut it down. I informed my boss, and we put his old drive back in his old PC. My boss called the guy and told him there was an issue with the new PC and told him to come down to the shop. When the guy got there, my boss gave him his check (yeah, small-town shop) back and told him to 'take your PC back, you sick jerk!' Yeah. The guy grabbed his PC and bolted. My boss did end up calling the cops and thanks to a copy he made of the check, they were able to locate the guy and arrest him. My boss had to go to court and testify and everything. Turns out the guy was the brother of the local church pastor. Ouch."