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I disagree. Visiting a malicious website or opening an email that exploits a vulnerability in your os or software is very common.

Citation? The last thing along those lines I'd heard of was the PNG(?) exploit.

Well, for one, the Java vulnerability discussed in linked article is actively being exploited on Windows to install that obnoxious fake "Antivirus 2012" malware.

And those are not viruses unless they self-replicate.

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