Yet another example of why Linux is better than Windoze…
So my mother in law is using a ThinkPad T410 that I refurb’d for her a while back. At her request, I wiped out the Windows 10 that was installed on it and threw Mint 19.2 on it. She’s not tech-savvy at all, but I’ve had her using Linux now for many years and she loves it.
Anyways, so yesterday I get a call while at work and she says she “clicked on a recipe on facebook and it popped up with some message saying ‘Windows is corrupt, your computer has been locked and to contact Microsoft, bla bla bla’ or something like that.”
I asked her if it was just a pop-up that can be closed, perhaps? She said “no, I can’t do anything on the laptop, it’s showing like some DOS screen…”
Well, I was at work and couldn’t do anything (hadn’t installed teamviewer yet, but by the sounds of it, it probably wouldn’t have worked anyways. I told her it sounds like some ransomeware and to just leave it until I get home to take a look. Unusual, I thought, to get an attack like that on Linux.
So I get home and she says “oh the computer is fine by the way. I just did a hard shut down and it works fine again.”
Now, I wasn’t able to see the screen and see what she saw, but if it was in fact a ransomeware attack, but I just have to laugh at the resiliency of Linux against malicious software like this. This is one of the reasons I believe Linux is actually better and safer for non-tech-savvy users who may not know what they’re clicking on while browsing the web.
Just thought I’d share this amusing story. Linux is awesome.