Virus from browsing a website?

  Roadgiant 11:48 29 Jun 2003

I thought (mistakenly it seems) that you could only pick up a virus by actually downloading files not simply by browsing?
I went on a site the other day which immediatly caused my anti virus software to (AVG Free)to throw out a warning of a Trojan horse downloader small virus.
I ran a full scan which cleared it up and have since deleted the site (name witheld for obvious reasons) from my favorites.
I run ZApro and AVG on my machine and was quite surprised to have this happen, any comments?
Thanks for any replies.

  Diemmess 11:54 29 Jun 2003

Just shows the need for protection, always.

Obviously some sites are dodgy and most are themselves very well protected (It could cost them their name and trade otherwise).

In addition to virus infections there is a real risk of spyware and other unwanteds, and even the great and mighty useful Google has been hacked a couple of times in the last few months, with weird versions of their logo at the top of their opening page seeming to be the only effect that attack had.

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