Stress Relief: Destroy Your Desktop

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 11, 2011
Updated • Mar 25, 2018
Software, Windows software

Have you ever smashed the PC keyboard or mouse on the desk in wild frustration because something did not work out as you wanted? Or maybe you have given the PC case a kick or smashed your fist on the monitor?

We all have probably experienced situations where frustration got overboard. The free software Stress Relief has been designed exactly for those situations, and for fun.

Stress Relief

Stress Relief turns the computer desktop into a destructible environment. The program gives you nine tools at hand to destroy windows, programs and other elements on the desktop. Tools range from a blow torch and chainsaw, to a hammer or machine gun.

All tools are accessible after start of the portable application. The mouse is used for moving the item on the screen, the left mouse button to trigger its action and the right for the menu which displays the available tool list.

Tools can also be switched by pressing a number between 1 and 9 on the keyboard as well if you prefer that.

The destruction is only temporary, it lasts until you exit the application which you can do by pressing Esc twice

The tools work on all windows and elements that are open on the desktop currently, excellent to give that Excel spreadsheet a beating, or the picture of your ex on Facebook.

Stress Relief 2 is a portable software for Windows that is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.

Update: The program is no longer available. We have uploaded the last version that was released by its developer to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link: (Download Removed)

Note that we don't support it in any way and have uploaded it for archiving purposes only.

It should still work with all versions of Windows that have been released until today (2018). We have tested it under a 64-bit version of Windows 7 and 64-bit version of Windows 10, and found it to be working just fine on those operating system.

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  1. Yosi said on April 13, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Love it, I was actually looking for it for a while, wasn’t sure what to search for… “Desktop Widget” Gadget, stress reliever, etc…. finally found it… thank you, it puts a smile on my face every now and then…. you know the one that you can put a bunch of sheep and they walk all over your desktop? ;)

  2. Josh said on October 26, 2020 at 6:48 am

    I played this when I was 5 and even now it is so fun.

  3. joody said on February 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    NOT working in my tablet ASUS T100 , WIN10, 32BIT, Any one can help?

  4. Rawrrrrr said on October 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    :D, i USE to lurv this when i was like 6-7 i started the computer when 5 years old n my brother shown tihs to me when i was 6 n i started like smashing everything n puting bugs everywhere n smashing them with the stamp n im 16 now n still play it its fun :)

  5. jonathan servin said on April 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    And it was probably there before you were 8!!!

  6. nate river said on January 17, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I remember playing this game when I was 8.

    I’m 18.

  7. Grr said on January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    old, but still good.

  8. Yoav said on January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Cute – I never saw this before.

  9. Redbad said on January 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I can confirm Dave’s posting about this harmless app being flagged as a trojan (joke.stressreducer). So many AVs do this that I just place it exceptions as a force of habit.

    About six years ago I contracted out to a firm where the IT director would drop this app into a user’s system folder every now an then so the client AV would generate an alert which he would dutifully then go “fix.” Since he was also a major shareholder in the company and I wanted to continue my life as a contractor I decided the best course of action was to remain silent.

    I don’t want anyone getting any ideas, now…

  10. Q said on January 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I remember software like what is described in the article herein from the period when Windows 3.1 was being used.

    There was also software that would turn the simulated destruction into somewhat of a game by adding things to destroy (such as animations of bugs).

    Somewhat amusing.

  11. Jeroen said on January 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    This thing is like, really, really old…

  12. Dave said on January 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Avira’s Antivir is finding a trojan (joke.stressreducer) in the zip file.
    This might be a false positive as they also deny access to Sysinternals Bluescreen screen saver.

  13. Paul(us) said on January 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    In 33 years working with home computers (vic 20, cpm machines, etc..) and computers, etc i have had my fair chair of frustrations/ problems with systems (think in the beginning lost of data because the next model did not supplied a data conversion possibility, etc., etc.. ) trough the years. And i ferry proud to say i never ever feel even slighty the urge, to destroy anything. I am still seeing every problem as a change to grow and hopefully I will never, need some infantile (like this) software to make me feel better. Even writhing a small comment like this makes me feel great. So thanks Martin for given me this opportunity.

    1. cranston snord said on December 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Goody for you, Paul(us). You are soooo highly evolved.
      Of course why you feel the infantile need to tell this to strangers who could care less escapes me. Now please go away.

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