Diamond product expert (maximum level expert for Chromebooks) Jim Dantin stated in a community post that

(quoting user) Chromebooks can be infected by viruses.

(response) It's never happened to a user in the 10 years that ChromeOS has been available.

I find it HIGHLY unlikely that no Chromebook has ever gotten a virus.

Is there any proof he is wrong?

Sorry if this isn't notable enough, a google so called expert seems notable to me.

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    A quick Google search seems to support notability eg (many believe chrome OS doesn't need antivirus). You might consider searching/asking on superuser.com.
    – user11643
    Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 3:55
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    That quick search also indicates a definitional problem that answers should address. A computer virus, malicious code that inserts itself into other processes, is pretty rare these days, even on Windows. Colloquially used, a "virus" means almost any malware kind, of which all OS systems are susceptible to a degree.
    – user11643
    Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 4:03
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    @Fizz: That's an answer. Are you willing to expand it as such?
    – DevSolar
    Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 15:26
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    Can malicious Chrome extensions be considered viruses? In particular I am thinking of the Nemucod Chrome extension which used the Facebook accounts of those who downloaded it to trick more people into downloading it. (The extension would sometimes also download Windows malware but did it use other operating systems as a vector to proliferate the malware via Facebook? I’m not sure. Nothing I’ve found explains what it did when installed on ChromeOS.)
    – Laurel
    Commented Dec 18, 2020 at 17:34


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