Is it possible for a computer to catch spyware/malware/virus/trojan just by viewing or scrolling a compromised webpage even if no clicking no pressing yes on any popup is involved?
February 25, 2006 6:20 PM Subscribe
I know that cookies may be automatically and surreptitiously installed on my computer when I arrive at a webpage, but what about spyware/malware/virus ?
posted by studentguru to computers & internet (13 answers total)
For example, after clicking and following a hyperlink in a post ( in , for example, ask.metafilter.com) , an external webpage shows up. Will my computer catch any virus/spyware/malware/trojan simply because I am staring at it, assuming the new webpage/website is already compromised?
If yes, does the fact that I have a download manager (i.e. Star Downloader) make any difference? I mean, I think a download manager will inform me when I am downloading some exe file , right?
If yes, does the choice of a web browser make any difference in preventing drive by download like this? For example, Firefox versus Internet Explorer versus Opera?
If yes, does the choice of computer platform make any difference? For example, Windows versus Apple OSX versus Linux etc?
What are the countermeasure?
Please enlighten . Thanks a million.
The best answer so far I have are the following. I think I need confirmation from elsewhere.
http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/17185 ---- > http://isc.sans.org/presentations/dnspoisoning.php ---- not quite understand what it says. I need a dummies version.
Windows XP Annoyances for Geeks, 2nd Edition
By David A. Karp
Pub Date: November 2004
"22.214.171.124. How malware spreads
It may sound like the rantings of a conspiracy theorist, but even the act of visiting some web sites can infect your system with spyware and adware. Not that it can happen transparently, but many people simply don't recognize the red flags even when they're staring them in the face. Specifically, these are the "add-ins" employed by some web sites that provide custom cursors, interactive menus, and other eye candy. While loading a web page, you may see a message asking you if it's okay to install some ActiveX gadget "necessary" to view the page (e.g. Comet Cursor); here, the answer is simple: no."