I clicked on a link that pretty clearly offered exposure to a drive-by infection.

I won't post the link itself, but I got it from a link which is inside a reddit link (obviously the reddit website itself is fine, it's the link that someone posted on reddit that is the problem).

I realised straight away there might be a problem and closed the browser. What can I do?

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    Why do you think there was a drive-by infection? They typically require a browser bug. Much more common is a page that pretends to infect you and then tries to trick you into doing something bad such as paying money or downloading an infection. – Neil Smithline Jun 16 '16 at 15:27
  • I wouldn't think real drive-by infections would have a reason to announce themselves. Usually websites claiming infection are phishing to get you to do something you shouldn't. – Alexander O'Mara Jun 16 '16 at 20:34

You might be able to identify known malware and exploit fragments with a malware scan. This might address your concerns quickly and easy.

But if it was a more professional attack this might not be possible. If you assume your computer is compromised you might have to re-format the device and re-install the operating system. This action would be mandatory in high-security environments.

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