Drive-by download

What is a drive-by download?

This often refers to the unintentional and automatic download of a malicious file onto a computer just by visiting an infected webpage, from clicking on a link from an email or by clicking on a pop-up window.

Most websites affected by drive-by downloads are legitimate everyday websites, and are themselves the frequent targets of an attack. When a user lands on an infected page, the browser downloads malicious software.

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