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Can you get a virus just by clicking on a link?
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Also question is, can you get hacked by clicking on a link?
Called phishing, this attack sees a hacker sendyou an email with a link to a fake website or avirus. The answer is that it is dependent on the type oflink the hacker has sent you. If the link youclick on contains malicious code, then it is entirely possiblethat you could enable a virus.
Similarly, can you get a virus just by visiting a website? Yes, it's entirely possible to get infected bysimply visiting a website. Most commonly via what we call"Exploit Kits". Right now, EK are used to deliver a lot ofdangerous malware (such as banking trojans and Cryptoware) tocomputers worldwide. So using a standard Antivirus and Antimalwarewon't cut it.
Hereof, can clicking on ads give you a virus?
Beware of malicious ads that can harmcomputers without a click. This kind of maliciousad—known as malvertisements—contain malware orembedded viruses, which can infect computers withouta single click.
What can happen if you click on a link?
At a high level, when you click on a link, yourbrowser and operating system figure out where you'veclicked. Your browser takes that URL, breaks out the name ofthe web site, and then uses the Domain Name System (DNS) to get anInternet Protocol (IP) address for the site.