Originally Posted by barnakiel
Firefox and AVG (Free) here. No problem whatsoever.
How the hell do you get this alert? Downloading anything? How can you get infected without downloading /or/ executing on client side scripts?
It is referred to as a "Drive-by-download" analogous to a "drive by shooting".
It happens to Internet
Explorer all the time. An add-on to the original IE developed by Microsoft was the ability to deliver software
updates into Windows PCs in a "silent mode" back when the internet
was very, very different. Back then, even viruses were not that common.
Microsoft have taken steps to limit this problem, but IE seems to be more prone than other browsers. Having said that "Safari for Windows" had a cracking error a few years ago which was called a "carpet bombing hole".
Drive-by downloads: Stealthy downloads and Internet Explorer's new defense against them
Drive-by download - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
No browser is safe and Firefox has had its share of woes too, sometimes having more flaws than Internet Explorer, but the FireFox team are very fast at getting patches out - much faster then the IE team seem to be - so a FF flaw tends to be open for less time. The reason for the increased speed of FF is that the browser is used only as a browser. Microsoft has traditionally used bits of IE throughout Windows for other purposes meaning that it is much, much harder to change and requires a lot more testing.