While more and more people are becoming tech-savvy and can solve simpler issues on their own, the technology world still remains a mystery for many. Just think about the times your darling computer made weird noises, voiced all kinds of complaints, or, heaven forbid, showed the giant blue error you definitely did not want to see. Then, there’s only one place to turn — tech support heroes.

However, if you think all IT specialists do is tell you to hit the restart button or help you with that "major" issue with the printer that’s not even plugged in yet, there’s a whole subreddit that might prove otherwise. Enter Tech Support Gore, a community full of the worst cases professionals ever stumbled on while on the job and clueless people they had to deal with along the way.

Laptops drying in the oven, mold growing on headphones, and impractical shortcuts customers take without a care in the world are just a few of the monstrosities that employees had to witness. So get ready to scroll through some of the most nightmarish pictures Bored Panda has collected from the group. And if you’re in the mood for some more gadget madness, take a look at our previous compilations right here, here, and here.

#1

Network Rack At A Public Institution - Before And After

Network Rack At A Public Institution - Before And After

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Karen Ruby
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2 months ago

Nice clean up.

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#2

User Spilt Coffee On His Laptop - So He Put It In The Oven To Dry It Out...

User Spilt Coffee On His Laptop - So He Put It In The Oven To Dry It Out...

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

I have officially lost all of my faith in humanity

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#3

Static Ip

Static Ip

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Funhog
Community Member
2 months ago

Upvoted for the witty caption.

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The Tech Support Gore subreddit has been around for quite some time. Recently, this online group celebrated its 10th birthday with all its 532K technology-loving community members. "You will cringe to the brink of passing out after a few minutes looking at this subreddit," the moderators wrote in the description and the content users post there serves as proof.

Nearly every post consists of the nastiest and most baffling incidents people somehow managed to accomplish. After all, we have the manuals, the internet, and, most importantly, our common sense for a reason, so it's easy to say they have a talent to fail this badly.

But let's face it, even if we consider ourselves to be really tech-savvy and proudly declare to know how to properly care for our gadgets, accidents still happen. Whether it’s thinking that fixing up your computer would be a cakewalk or that you suddenly came up with a brilliant new way to rescue your soaking wet device, nearly everyone could end up being shamed on this subreddit.

#4

Panel Fed From B Phase

Panel Fed From B Phase

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
2 months ago

This is something you call a beekeeper for, not a computer repair guy

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#5

One Of My Users Asked If I Had A New Power Strip They Could Use. I Said What's Wrong With The Old One

One Of My Users Asked If I Had A New Power Strip They Could Use. I Said What's Wrong With The Old One

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

"Tis but a scratch!"

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#6

Pretty

Pretty

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beesechurger elite
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a piece of modern art

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However, many pictures from this list prove how incompatible with technology some people are. But if the first thought that crossed your mind was that the older generations are probably responsible for such nightmarish slip-ups, recent research seems to indicate they’re not as technologically illiterate as many might believe.

According to Pew Research Center, while there are still notable differences between American adults under 30 and those 65 and older, tech use by those in the oldest age group has grown significantly compared to a decade ago. So as it turns out, the gap between the oldest and youngest adults has shrunk.

Researchers conducted a survey in 2021 by questioning over 1.5K adults by cellphone and landline phone. The results showed that 96 percent of those ages 18 to 29 own a smartphone compared with 61 percent of those 65 and older. So while it’s still a 35 percent difference, the gap has decreased from 53 points in 2012.

#7

Not Perfect, But A Good Start!

Not Perfect, But A Good Start!

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Batgirl Kitty
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn! That looks amazing.

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#8

Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

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Glen Ellyn
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd be really angry if an alleged repair guy did this to my computer. I'd be expecting a new laptop from him. Oh, and by the way, that computer repair shop needs a new repair guy.

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#9

All Our Datacenter Equipment Started Firing Off Temperature Alerts. Unrelated, Our Cleaning Staff Was Doing A Deep Cleaning Of Our Datacenter After A Flood

All Our Datacenter Equipment Started Firing Off Temperature Alerts. Unrelated, Our Cleaning Staff Was Doing A Deep Cleaning Of Our Datacenter After A Flood

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Dav Carro-Ripalda
Community Member
2 months ago

"unrelated..." 🤣

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Smartphones aren’t the only piece of tech that old people are quickly starting to embrace. However, the situation with tablet computers is somewhat different. Those aged 30 to 49 were the most likely people to own one, and the ones aged 65 and older were the least likely to have a tablet.

When it comes to our beloved internet use, virtually all younger adults (99 percent!) now say they use the internet. Compared with the older generation, only 75 percent of participants reported being internet users. However, things were quite different in 2000. Then, the gap between the oldest and youngest groups of adults was 56 percentage points, and right now it has decreased to 24 points. So while not everyone was born into electronics, more and more people are leaning toward it. After all, it makes life better and generally more convenient.

#10

Customer States They Saw "A Couple Of Ants" Entering The Rear Vents Of Their iMac...

Customer States They Saw "A Couple Of Ants" Entering The Rear Vents Of Their iMac...

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Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

Help me. What am I looking at? Ant larva? Shredded paper?

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#11

Legendary

Legendary

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

Caution: dying hazard

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#12

Laptop Keyboard Is Not Working. Well There's Your Problem, Your Keyboard Is Creating New Antibiotics

Laptop Keyboard Is Not Working. Well There's Your Problem, Your Keyboard Is Creating New Antibiotics

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Strawberry <3
Community Member
2 months ago

why. is. it. molding.

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#13

Disk Fragmentation At 15%...

Disk Fragmentation At 15%...

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DUN DUN
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone mistook it for cheese and shredded it. The only logical explanation.

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Bored Panda previously reached out to one of the moderators of the Tech Support Gore subreddit, Coffeechipmunk, who revealed that the most popular posts are those that depict situations just moments away from exploding. "[It's] very dangerous, but very cool looking. They probably get so big because people post the pics and you think, 'Wow, that's just a bomb at that point.'"

"A lot of the content on the subreddit does rather well, except for people coming for actual tech support, they get redirected to the right subreddit. For actual tech support gore, though, it seems like broken screens and slightly messy wires are the current posts that don't hit too hard," the moderator added.

#14

Found This Somewhere And It Creeps Me Out

Found This Somewhere And It Creeps Me Out

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

This is no mouse, this is a rat.

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#15

No Charger? No Problem!

No Charger? No Problem!

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DUN DUN
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This is BIG BRAIN TIME

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#16

My Gfs iPhone Charger Cable Which She Won’t Replace Because “It Works”

My Gfs iPhone Charger Cable Which She Won’t Replace Because “It Works”

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beesechurger elite
Community Member
2 months ago

what in the crusty dusty apple pie

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#17

If It Looks Stupid But It Works, Then It's Not Stupid

If It Looks Stupid But It Works, Then It's Not Stupid

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Glen Ellyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Just wait until some heat melts that fork all over the computer's guts. 😬 It won't be pretty.

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According to Coffeechipmunk, one reason their online group got so popular is simply that "it’s very fun". "In a time where most of the internet can be incredibly serious and most times saddening or angering, r/techsupportgore is fun because you go on it and you can laugh (and/or cringe) at the crazy posts. Where else can you see a post like, "Wow, these cables really are messy" to, "A lizard fried my motherboard" back to back? I love our growing community. They're a bunch of people that just enjoy tech and to some extent, the worst of it."

#18

Tablet Battery

Tablet Battery

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
2 months ago

That's... That's not good... That is about to go boom and make fire.

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#19

Trying To Take The Elevator At 5am Then I See This. (No Out Of Order Sign)

Trying To Take The Elevator At 5am Then I See This. (No Out Of Order Sign)

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DUN DUN
Community Member
2 months ago

Lift can't lift its own hopes up :(

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#20

Only On Ebay. Graphics Cards Displayed On Outdoor, Damp, Gravel

Only On Ebay. Graphics Cards Displayed On Outdoor, Damp, Gravel

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UDERSERVELOVE!
Community Member
2 months ago

Me:* Continuously smacking face on table* My friend: Are you okay Me:* shows photo * My friend:* joins me *

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#21

I Am Literally Scared Taking Apart Cr*p Like This. Used A 45 Lb Kettle Bell To Keep The Panel Down Enough To Remove The Screws

I Am Literally Scared Taking Apart Cr*p Like This. Used A 45 Lb Kettle Bell To Keep The Panel Down Enough To Remove The Screws

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DUN DUN
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Poke it. Do it. Poke it. Poke it. POKE IT (jk)

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The mod explained that the term "Tech Support Gore" refers to "stuff in the tech support or IT field that's a computer comparable version of gore," and added, "Instead of a heart ripped out, it's CPU pins. Slightly less awful." Coffeechipmunk also revealed that the most horrible cases they’ve seen on the community while moderating were "anything with bugs in it. That's the worst.” Well, we couldn’t agree more. As you probably already noticed from this list, they’re truly awful.

#22

Just Posting This...

Just Posting This...

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UDERSERVELOVE!
Community Member
2 months ago

I have hit my head so hard on the table I think I have a concussion.

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#23

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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beesechurger elite
Community Member
2 months ago

Sumsung?

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#24

Yes That's On The Inside Of The Glass

Yes That's On The Inside Of The Glass

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Elsker
Community Member
2 months ago

Serverpowered sauna's are the new big thing!

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#25

Computer Froze

Computer Froze

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” -Roy

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#26

That's Always A Fun One To Clean, Isn't It

That's Always A Fun One To Clean, Isn't It

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Keller Worthen
Community Member
2 months ago

Baking soda and water 50/50 ratio, use with q-tip to clean off corrosion

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#27

My Buddy Couldn't Get Into His Harddrive Through The Os, So He Decided To Brute Force It

My Buddy Couldn't Get Into His Harddrive Through The Os, So He Decided To Brute Force It

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A Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

RIP harddrive

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#28

Found This Mummified Dualshock4 At Work, Anyone Knows Which God Of Egypt Used To Play With This?

Found This Mummified Dualshock4 At Work, Anyone Knows Which God Of Egypt Used To Play With This?

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Grace and Lucy
Community Member
2 months ago

Ramses II

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#29

The Joys Of Being It Support At A Construction Company(This iPad Was In A Protective Case)

The Joys Of Being It Support At A Construction Company(This iPad Was In A Protective Case)

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

Jeez Louise

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#30

Client: "It Was Working Perfectly Fine Yesterday, Probably A Windows Bug"

Client: "It Was Working Perfectly Fine Yesterday, Probably A Windows Bug"

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Milady Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

How fast was that bug going when it hit your computer?

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#31

Placed A Headset I Wasn't Using Into A Drawer For A Few Months. I Guess The Cup Material Kept Absorbing The Moisture Out Of The Air

Placed A Headset I Wasn't Using Into A Drawer For A Few Months. I Guess The Cup Material Kept Absorbing The Moisture Out Of The Air

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housea
Community Member
2 months ago

wtf do you keep in the drawer, mold cultures?

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#32

User: "Cpu Is At 100% And This Just Happened"

User: "Cpu Is At 100% And This Just Happened"

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

100%….destroyed

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#33

This

This

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UDERSERVELOVE!
Community Member
2 months ago

These people are hurting me and my little theatre techie heart.

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#34

When 12 Screws Is Just Too Much To Remove The Hard Drive

When 12 Screws Is Just Too Much To Remove The Hard Drive

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beesechurger elite
Community Member
2 months ago

laziness at its peak

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#35

Customer Claims Nobody Ever Worked On His 2012 Imac, That This Is How It Came When He Bought It From Apple

Customer Claims Nobody Ever Worked On His 2012 Imac, That This Is How It Came When He Bought It From Apple

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
2 months ago

OK, Pinocchio.

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#36

Was Looking For Old PC Parts And Found This

Was Looking For Old PC Parts And Found This

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Zachary Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

That's kind of glorious ngl

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#37

This Is How Newton Discovered Gravity

This Is How Newton Discovered Gravity

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Kelly Sullivan
Community Member
2 months ago

Is that a bird?!

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#38

All In One

All In One

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tom
Community Member
2 months ago

Back to the future....flush capacitor

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#39

Windows Be Like " Should Have Gone For The Head" Reported As "It Was Making A Burning Smell So I Threw It Out The Window" Joys With Working From Home And Providing It Support

Windows Be Like " Should Have Gone For The Head" Reported As "It Was Making A Burning Smell So I Threw It Out The Window" Joys With Working From Home And Providing It Support

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DorkLimester6001
Community Member
2 months ago

Fan go brrr laptop go boom.

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#40

This Folks Is Why You Don't Leave Batteries In Electronic Equipment

This Folks Is Why You Don't Leave Batteries In Electronic Equipment

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Tom Hanlin
Community Member
2 months ago

Go on. What kind of "electronic equipment" uses six AA cells? What the heck was that?

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#41

Customer Tried To Fix A Connector For A High Power Studio Flash By Soldering The Wires Himself

Customer Tried To Fix A Connector For A High Power Studio Flash By Soldering The Wires Himself

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housea
Community Member
2 months ago

I think you mean slaughtering the wires himself

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#42

Mild Gore/Spicy Pillowness From Yet Another 7490. Thank You Dell!

Mild Gore/Spicy Pillowness From Yet Another 7490. Thank You Dell!

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Clan Leader
Community Member
2 months ago

Hate Dell

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#43

Just Cooking Lunch On A Athalon

Just Cooking Lunch On A Athalon

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Clan Leader
Community Member
2 months ago

What you get for buying a Compaq

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#44

My "USB-C" 2tb Drive Came Today

My "USB-C" 2tb Drive Came Today

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beesechurger elite
Community Member
2 months ago

Did you get it from ikea

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#45

May I Present, My Gtx580

May I Present, My Gtx580

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June’s Very Own
Community Member
2 months ago

What even is that?

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