You don’t need to wait until April Fool’s Day to be a complete nuisance and play pranks on your friends. One of the many ways in which you can celebrate the art of mischief is by sneaking onto your friend’s/enemy’s/colleague’s computer and barraging their browser with all manner of funny prank extensions.
Here are our top picks that will leave you laughing at the expense of your poor victims.
1. Page Prank Website Modifier
This one’s a gem. Using this delightful extension, you can modify the text on any website you visit – from news sites to Twitter. This proffers endless opportunities, whether it’s customizing your friend’s Twitter feed so it looks like Ryan Gosling is tweeting them to say ‘hello’ or, as demonstrated in the picture, changing news stories.
Page Prank Website Modifier (no longer available) really works very well from our experience and opens up untold ways to freak out your friends.
Cornify (no longer available) pops up as a rainbow button in the taskbar, so if you want to use this for effective pranking, you will want to install it and spam it onto a friend’s page before they return. The more they dislike unicorns, the better. Plus, you can always draw attention to it, if you have friends around.
Or if you’re feeling particularly mean, you can pretend like it’s a symptom of the dreaded “Unicorn” virus that’s been going around the Internet. (Maybe after fabricating a “Unicorn virus” news story using the previous extension?)
3. Prank Tool Kit
While it’s easy to not notice it sitting in the taskbar, this Prank Toolkik (no longer available) offers the above list of toggles to make your unfortunate friends wonder just what the heck’s going on.
My personal favorite is randomly reloading tabs and hiding the cursor – they aren’t obviously pranks, and they’ll more than likely result in a lot of confusion and frustration. Just don’t let the joke go on too long! Pranks like these might make someone really mad.
Do you believe in art? Because I do. As told by Google, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
And nCage (no longer available), an extension that replaces every image in Chrome with a picture of Nicolas Cage, epitomizes art. Your friends will likely immediately realize they’re being pranked, or they’ll think they have a virus related to Nicolas Cage. While this prank may not last long, its brief life will boggle minds and make them think like art is meant to do.
nCage would be my favorite extension on this list, but it isn’t the Champ.
Who is the Champ? Why, his name is…
Take all the things I just said about art and apply them doubly to this extension, aptly named Cenafy. Cenafy is an extension that rolls a 1/100 chance for the user to be hit with a face full of Unexpected Cena every time they load a new web page. If you don’t know about this meme, stop reading right now and watch this video.
That aside, this extension is completely ridiculous; it’s hidden deep in Extensions, and nobody ever sees it coming. It’s not an extension you can install and immediately see the fruits of, but it is an extension you can install on your roommate’s laptop. It’s an extension you can hear blaring “AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA” from the other room while your roommate shouts in confusion, just wanting to watch Netflix.
It’s a beautiful thing.
That being said, what do you think? I put up all the best joke extensions for Chrome I could think of up here, but do you have any better recommendations? Is this the kind of article you’d like to see more of – something more fun than serious? Perhaps joke extension articles for FireFox as well? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!