Drive-by Downloads

What are Drive-by Downloads?


There are 2 types of Drive-by downloads, each concerning the unintended download of computer software from the Internet:


  • Authorized drive-by downloads are downloads which a person has authorized but without understanding the consequences (e.g. downloads which install an unknown or counterfeit executable program, ActiveX component, or Java applet).
  • Unauthorized drive-by downloads are downloads which happen without a person’s knowledge, often a computer virus, spyware, malware, or crimeware.