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Windows 7: Can you get a drive by download using the latest version of Chrome?

13 Dec 2010   #1
bigg123

Windows 7
 
 
Can you get a drive by download using the latest version of Chrome?

Can you get a drive by download using the latest version of Chrome?


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13 Dec 2010   #2
Kari

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It might be because today is Monday and I hate Mondays, but I have absolutely not a faintest clue what you are asking? Get a drive?

Could you please tell more?

Kari
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13 Dec 2010   #3
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Asking if you could get a drive-by download, as in malware using the latest version of chrome.


There's always holes that are breached all the time. It's the way it is. Just because it's the latest version really doesn't mean not a one lucky or unknown DBD isn't going to be able to breach it. So yes, you could.

Just use an Antivirus program that has realtime protection for the web, and keep UAC on, keep up to date with the browser and plugins and be cautious in your browsing.
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13 Dec 2010   #4
Kari

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How did I miss that...
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13 Dec 2010   #5
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

short answer is yes, you can in any browser. No browser is immune.
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13 Dec 2010   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i can see how chrome may download stuff without you clicking it - but will chrome then auto-run the download?

downloading and executing aren't the same things. you can download a thousand nasty programs, but they won't harm you unless you actually run them.

stay away from the sort of sites which may harbour such downloads to be extra safe!
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13 Dec 2010   #7
bigg123

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i can see how chrome may download stuff without you clicking it - but will chrome then auto-run the download?

downloading and executing aren't the same things. you can download a thousand nasty programs, but they won't harm you unless you actually run them.

stay away from the sort of sites which may harbour such downloads to be extra safe!
Can you get a drive by download auto-execution by just browsing to a malicious web site?
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14 Dec 2010   #8
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigg123 View Post
...Can you get a drive by download auto-execution by just browsing to a malicious web site?
I think it depends on your browser, how it is set up, how Windows is set up, whether Windows Update is updated as to security updates, whether you have real-time protection set up with your security program, and how good and up-to-date it is.

To limit the discussion to browsers, for example, scripting is usually left on because nearly all websites use it. And scripting can be taken advantage of by a malicious web site.

At the very least you should run an antivirus program like MSE and also have Malewarebytes available. I recently encountered a drive by of "HDD Rescue" which MSE did not stop or warn about and did not even recognize as a problem after it installed itself. But a scan with Malewarebytes (in safe mode) found 29 bad files and registry entries which it removed and fixed the problem.
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