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Can visiting Pirate Bay itself give you malware? [duplicate]

So I have a MacBook running High Sierra latest version and I decided to go to the Pirate Bay search engine for the first time just for seeing how it looks and just some research. So I searched for ...
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Can a pop up ad install malware if we immediately close it? [duplicate]

Can malware be installed without permission (a drive-by download) if a pop-up ad is closed within a second of it opening? More specifically, can it be installed after the ad is closed, not during ...
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How can clicking on a URI infect a host? [duplicate]

I watched a generic information security awareness presentation earlier, in which all that was required for the presenter to penetrate an organisation (with a meterpreter/reverse shell), was for ...
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Drive By Download Without User Interaction? [duplicate]

Are there any kind of drive by download attacks (in Java maybe) that does not require any user interaction? When you make a drive by download in Java in general a popup appears to ask some permission ...
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Clicked a shortened link in a phishing email in Mac [duplicate]

Today, I got a fake email that says it's from Amazon and I clicked a shortened url link in that email in both Google Chrome and Firefox. I noticed that the url it redirected to was not of Amazon's, so ...
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Can a simple webpage link contain any virus or do harm to my system? [duplicate]

Is there any harm to be expected, if I just clicked on such a link described in this question?
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Spammer using LinkedIn for redirects dangerous or just spam? [duplicate]

I fell victim to a spam attack as outlined in this other posting here. I clicked on the link and was redirected through a bunch of pages. Does someone know whether this is just spam or actually ...
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Can visiting website infect computer? [duplicate]

I have heard online that simply visiting a website can infect a computer. I had an instance recently where someone I know sent me a link but misspelled it. The misspelled link lead to a malicious ...
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How exactly do viruses get on computer when watching online porn? [duplicate]

I've been hearing that your computer could get infected when you visit porn sites, especially when watching videos. But how exactly do viruses get on client side? Is it by cache? Or maybe by ...
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Can just clicking on a malicious link lead to hacking of my device? [duplicate]

I was not sure about it and I got some answers from internet but didn't get the logical reasoning behind it. If I just click on a malicious link it might open a new tab, or it might download something....
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How does a browser stop malware from executing? [duplicate]

When it comes to infections with viruses, in almost all cases the initial infection requires some sort of user interaction - apart from those cases where a plug-in has some sort of security flaw which ...
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What is the real risk of clicking a link? [closed]

If I were to click a link on any of my devices, be it over text message, email, or from a webpage, and enter no information/actions with the target page. What is the worst that could happen?
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Checking system integrity after clicking scam email link on Linux

Earlier today, my mother opened an email thinking it was from my sister-inlaw, then clicked on the shortened link. The link loaded a page of fairly nonsensical text. The source of the page had no ...
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Can a website run a malware on my computer? [duplicate]

Can a website install a malware on my computer and run it in the background without my knowing about it?
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