Homestar Runner and Strong Bad Screensaver

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Homestar Runner and Strong Bad Screensavers are both available for download on via a Secret Page. These screensavers can also be obtained by downloading the themes.

For reasons unknown, the Windows version will often ask for user authentication before downloading. If you are on Vista, you must open the .exe file as an administrator, by right clicking on the file and selecting "Run As Administrator".

The Homestar Runner screen saver runs on Mac OS, you cannot run it on an Intel Mac. However, SheepShaver can emulate Mac OS versions up to version 9.0.4, though it is complicated to program, and you must have a Mac OS System Folder. If you were to use it on a PowerPC Mac (running System 10.4 or earlier), you would have to keep Classic environment running.

Fun Facts

  • The Homestar Runner Screensaver is called "smashface".
  • If you download either screensaver and set it as your preferred one, then try to change the settings, a pop-up will appear that contains a picture of a dog and the caption "Bitbull". Bitbull is a program used to create screensavers from Flash movies, and is likely the program that was used to create these screensavers. The picture of the dog is the logo for this program.
  • The text file in the uncompressed ".sit" file for the Homestar Runner screensaver says:

To make your Homestar or Strong Bad screensaver magic happen, do this:

copy the screensaver file into your Control Panels folder and then restart your computer

Then, when you look at your Control Panels under your Apple menu, there they are!

Go for it! Against the opposition! Move ahead! It's not too late! Work from home!
Extra Cash! Everybody! Everybody!

-the brothers chaps
  • "Go for it! Against the opposition!" is a direct reference to the lyrics of "Go For It" by Graham Gouldman, written for the 1980 animated film Animalympics.
    • "Move ahead! It's not too late!" is another lyrical reference, this time to the 1980 song "Whip It" by Devo.
  • When you open the file, a window pops up with a different message for each screensaver.
The Homestar Runner screensaver says:
Do you want Homestar all up in your

GO FOR IT!! No Way, Man
If you click "GO FOR IT!!", the following message appears:
You did it! Let the good times roll!
The Strong Bad screensaver says:
Do you want to unleash Strong Bad on your
unsuspecting computer

GO FOR IT!! No Way, Guys
If you click "GO FOR IT!!", the following message appears:
Holy Crap! It worked!
  • If you click "GO FOR IT!!" and the installation fails, the following message appears:
Oops. You broke it.

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