Developer Stephen Downward is an evil genius: he’s figured out a way to prank friends and enemies alike with a sneaky little Chrome extension that will drive victims up the wall.
The innocuously named ‘Chrome Engine’ extension slows down YouTube video playback by 1 percent each day until it reaches 70 percent of the original speed. Install it on a friend or co-worker’s computer and watch them rip their hair out as they struggle to figure out what’s wrong with their goddamn videos.
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It’ll even work on multiple computers if your mate has Chrome synced across devices with the same account; even tweaking the playback speed using YouTube’s controls won’t help, because the extension will compensate for whatever option the user selects.
If you’re cruel enough to give this a go, visit this GitHub repository from the target computer, click the “chrome-engine-packed.crx” link, and then download the extension by clicking the ‘Raw’ link.
Next, launch a new tab and enter “chrome://extensions” to open the browser’s Extensions management page. Then, drag the CRX file you downloaded onto this page and click ‘Install’. When it’s done, a Chrome logo will appear alongside the other extension buttons next to the address bar – you’ll want to hide it by selecting the option in its right-click context menu. Now, wait for the fun to start – and prepare for an afterlife in the deepest, darkest recesses of hell.
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