Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Thank you, Linux! My Windows computer is infected

Filed under
Linux
Microsoft
Security
Humor

That's right. My desktop, which runs Windows, is infected and I blame Linux.

As it normally happens in these cases, this new infection in my XP system can be traced back to user carelessness. However, I think that calling me "careless" is not fair for I did everything on the book (and more!) to keep a Windows machine healthy:

1. I have an updated antivirus, which runs full scans when I turn the PC on.
2. My firewall was up and running.
3. I have additional anti-malware software for protection.
4. Firefox is my browser and I installed add-ons for extra security.
5. I neither open suspicious email attachments nor visit questionable sites.

Since I was not careless, I am not the culprit. However, if I did something wrong, this is it:

res there




User's fault entirely

If you download an infected file to your machine, it is your fault. If you use autoplay in Windows, it is your fault. If you can't use Windows properly, it is your fault.

Fancy titles = lots of clicks; this post proves it.

User's fault?

@Snoochie

So you said, "If you download an infected file to your machine, it is your fault. If you use autoplay in Windows, it is your fault. If you can't use Windows properly, it is your fault."

What?
It is the fault of the user who downloads a file which turns out to be infected, and the windows system didn't detect and warn and/or stop the infection?
Using your windows system as designed for ease of use (autoplay) becomes the user's fault?
Having taken all the precautions expected, (and beyond the usual) and a windows infection happens, it is the user's fault?
This is not a fair critique.
I know, I know...I can hear you say you have used your current windows setup for years without any infection.
But you have to be on constant alert, deny yourself the whole, wide range of the Internet and avoid those cute, huggable-bunny vids that your grandma attached to her email to you because they may have a windows virus.
That is too much work and worry for me, a happy Linux Mint user!

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

Canonical Releases AMD Microcode Updates for All Ubuntu Users to Fix Spectre V2

The Spectre microprocessor side-channel vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed earlier this year and discovered to affect billions of devices made in the past two decades. Unearthed by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, the second variant (CVE-2017-5715) of the Spectre vulnerability is described as a branch target injection attack. The security vulnerability affects all microprocessors that use branch prediction and speculative execution function, and it can allow unauthorized memory reads via side-channel attacks if the system isn't patched. For example, a local attacker could use it to expose sensitive information, including kernel memory. Read more

PulseAudio 12 Open-Source Sound System Released with AirPlay, A2DP Improvements

Highlights of PulseAudio 12.0 include better latency reporting with the A2DP Bluetooth profile, which also improves A/V sync, more accurate latency reporting on AirPlay devices, the ability to prioritize HDMI output over S/PDIF output, HSP support for more Bluetooth headsets, and the ability to disable input and output on macOS. PulseAudio 12.0 also adds support for Steelseries Arctis 7 USB headset stereo output and Dell's Thunderbolt Dock TB16 speaker jack, a new "dereverb" option that can be used for the Speex echo canceller, a new module-always-source module, better detection of Native Instruments Traktor Audio 6, and improved digital input support for various USB sound cards. Read more

Automatically Change Wallpapers in Linux with Little Simple Wallpaper Changer

Here is a tiny script that automatically changes wallpaper at regular intervals in your Linux desktop. Read more