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drive-by download

[ drahyv-bahy doun-lohd ]
/ ˈdraɪvˌbaɪ ˌdaʊn loʊd /
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noun Digital Technology.

the installation of a virus or malware onto a computer or mobile device without the owner’s knowledge, occurring when a compromised website or email is merely viewed, without having to click on a link therein.

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Origin of drive-by download

First recorded in 2000–05
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drive-by download

noun

an incidence of an unwanted program being automatically downloaded to a computer, often without the user's knowledge
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