Can you get a rootkit virus just by visiting a website?

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Jason:
Yes. Malware can infect in two ways. One is by exploit, the other is by the user installing it. The majority of infections are user installed. Today, exploits are getting more common as a way to deliver the malware. Criminals use what's called an Exploit kit. Exploit kits are a group of exploits that will scan your computer. If it finds a vulnerability that your computer has and fits their exploit, their malware will deliver. Any website could potentially get an exploit kit embedded in the website code or ad network code. That's why proper protection is needed. This means more than an Antivirus. Malwarebytes now contains An Anti-Exploit, Anti-Rootkit, Anti-Ransomware and Anti-Malware.
Enigma:
Doubt it.These primarily come through rogue software,bundleware,and drive-by downloads. However,you can get malware,spyware (through cookies),or ransomeware from fake ads and clicking on links that you shouldn't do in the first place. That's one reason why you should have Adblock Plus and Ghostery installed on your browser.
chrisjbsc:
Yes. ANY website can run a program on your PC (look at that advert on the right of this page! It is a program that is running). That program can do anything it likes, especially if you are running as administrator.
Toby:
I think so. Don't quote me though.
Nis:
Its possible.

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