Frequently Asked Questions - Home PC Users

Can I get a virus just by looking at a web site?

Yes, unfortunately, you can. Dubious web sites are particularly dangerous but hijacking of mainstream sites also happens. Web page malware works because browser developers have allowed web pages download and run software on your computer, rather than just displaying information. The existence of this facility is a magnet to the criminals, who are constantly finding new ways to exploit bugs a weaknesses in web browsers. The current big threat (February 2013) is Java embedded in web browsers – the only safe option is to turn it off.