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Where can malware be stored online?

I've looked at several websites about malware infection and it mentions things like drive-by downloads and exploit kits, but I can't see where the actual .exe, macro etc files are stored in the first place to be downloaded onto a user's device. Are they placed on servers online and linked to?

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    By necessity, anything available for download online would have to be store on some kind of server. Can you clarify what you are looking for? Sep 12 at 16:31
  • That makes sense. Say a Trojan Horse that is downloaded by clicking on a link on a web page, where is the file stored originally? How would it get put there?
    – Matt T
    Sep 12 at 16:54
  • The same way that any file gets put on any webserver. I don't see your problem here.
    – Chenmunka
    Sep 12 at 17:13
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    It's usually either hosted on compromised web servers or on servers (e.g. VPSes) rented using stolen credit card information.
    – Polynomial
    Sep 12 at 17:45
  • @Polynominal. Thanks.
    – Matt T
    Sep 12 at 18:23

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