Yes, most viruses are caused by opening something - but if you can't open anything, there's not much need to even go on the web!
But, you don't go walking downtown with $100 bills sticking out of your pocket (or do you?
It's the same thing with an unprotected computer on the web - you're asking for an attack.
If you don't use and anti-virus program, then you're just asking for trouble!
From what I've seen, the majority of the attacks are actually quite pitiful in their execution - and they depend on people not being aware of what's going on with their own system.
Next, even if the virus doesn't appear to hurt your system, it can take your resources and use them to hurt other systems - not a good thing!
Finally, your surfing behavior (in part) can determine how likely you are to get infected - but the likelihood of being the very first one to get a virus isn't real great.
And modern anti-malware programs are evolving to detect the infection by monitoring behavior rather than files - so a file that's acting like a virus will throw up a red flag for you to check it.
All in all, the best advice is to "wrap that rascal" in protection!
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