Control the PC, don’t let the PC control you. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand all the restrictions high schools put on their computers. As a high school student myself, I know I hate getting onto ANY computer that tells ME what I can and cannot do. I mean aren’t we the humans? Aren’t WE supposed to be telling the computers what they can and cannot do? Now, I know that someone else told the computers not to let us do these things so in reality, the computers are doing what they’re told. It just so happens that the “victims” (you and me) of this aren’t entirely satisfied with the results. It seems like everyday there is a new keyword banned from searching and a new website knocked off the few that still remain.
Now, some of you may be sitting there with a smug look on your face thinking; “Why don’t you just hack this, crack that, or modify so and so?”. Well I’ll tell you why… One, it’s risky to try to do these things because if you get caught you can face possible expulsion. Two, not everyone has the knowledge of how to do those things. And three, What I’m about to show you is much easier as well as safer.
What you WILL be able to do with the information givin:
- Go to any website you like
- Run any program you like
- Access files on your home PC
What you WON’T be able to do with the information given:
- Gain admin. access to a school PC
- Change your grades so mom doesn’t beat you
- Tell your friends your a 1337 haxor without lying
So let’s get to it… Okay, the basic principle of this whole article is based on remote access to your home PC and a usb thumb drive (if you don’t have one, get one, or you might as well not be here). A small few of you may be thinking; “What the hell is he talking about?”. Well I’ll tell you. Remote access is exactly what its name emplies, remotely accessing something or in lamen’s terms, connecting to something from somewhere else. I will assume you know what a USB thumb drive is and move on. Let’s look at what you’ll need:
- A USB thumb drive (preferably 256mb or higher)
- A program called UltraVNC
- To be able to follow directions
Ok, moving on… Download and install UltraVNC onto your home computer by going to the link above or clicking here. Installation is very straight forward, but if you have any questions, click here. Once you have that installed, download UltraVNC viewer by clicking here. Since UltraVNC viewer is simply an executable file that doesn’t rely on any other files there is no installation.
Now we are going to continue by configuring UltraVNC so that it is right for us. I have my own way I like to do this but if you insist on doing it the way the UVNC site shows you how, click here. For those of you who want to do it the easier way read on.
Open up the configuration window and make it look nearly identical to the image above. The only thing different should be your VNC password box. Simply type in your desired password and click apply, then OK. Next, plug your USB thumb drive into your home PC and put UltraVNC viewer (tabbed_vncviewer.exe) onto the drive. You are almost done. All you need now is your home PC’s IP which you can get by clicking here and you will be ready to go the the final step.
You are ready to take action. Now you have to unplug your USB drive, leave your home PC on, and go to school. Once you are at school, plug in your USB thumb drive (which won’t be suspicious, if anyone asks you have an assignment on it) and run UltraVNC Viewer from the drive. Once the program is open go to File > New Connection.
In the VNC Server box enter your IP address (and a port which is optional). Click connect and a box will pop up asking you to enter your password. This is the password you assigned in the UVNC configuration screen. Once you enter your password and click okay you will have access to your home PC. The faster the PCs and their connection speed, the faster the reaction time while connected.
In all this is a very effective way to browse the internet, chat, and run programs while on the school’s PC. You can get on myspace, finish a project you started at home, and whatever else you conforming teens do (for those whom this label applys :).
Thats about it, remote access for the complete noob. If you are interested in doing a few other things on your school or work computer that you can’t usually do, read on. Otherwise, have fun and don’t tell too many people about this site or the school’s will ban it too!
Other fun things to do with your thumb drive at school/work:
Lately a lot of people have been participating in the development of portable apps (or programs small enough to fit on your thumb drive). With portable apps you can play games, browse with firefox, or IM anywhere there is a PC. You can get many portable apps by clicking here.
A quicker option that will start you out with the basics is downloading my USB thumb drive setup. Just download the .rar file and extract it onto your USB thumb drive. A screenshot of my setup + the download can be found below.
Custom USB Setup:
Size: 61 MB
Description: This is my personal USB thumb drive setup. It contains such things as Firefox, Gaim, ZSNES + roms, and much more. It is all organized using PStart and already setup. To install it just extract the files onto your USB thumb drive. Please check out the README.txt in the .rar file. Thanks again, enjoy!