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Can I get hacked if I don't download anything?

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Also, there are people out there that just ping every IP address to look for computers attached directly to the web.
Usually running a router protects you from these threats.

One example is an old windows 95 virus that can only infect you if your C drive is shared. You don't ever need to open your browser. You will just randomly get this virus.
I picked it up again last year on a VM so it must still be circulating. It usually adds fake screensavers.