Samsung TV is the development of the Samsung multi-industry company which is based in the largest metropolis of South Korea, Seoul.
The developments on technology go hand in hand with those of the forces of darkness – that is – malware. If you operate any digital device, you must have gotten a prompt about your phone having been infected by viruses. This article will guide you on how to scan your Samsung TV for viruses.
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Tweet-delete drama by @SamsungSupport
Sometime in June 2019, @SamsungSupport (Samsung Support USA), in a tweet directed to QLED TV owners highlighted the need for scanning the Wi-Fi connected devices to prevent malicious attacks.
Attached to the tweet was a video showing the steps of how to scan for viruses on TV. However, the company that saw the tweet as a panic trigger among its users and promptly pulled it down. But, the tweet had already been given thousands of impressions and the video over 10,000 views.
Overlooking the tweet-delete drama, read this: if this was noted by the company, then you need to protect your TV.
What is the essence?
Scanning for viruses is part of maintaining the life of your device. The more your scan a device, the more likely you are to identify problems before they affect it.
For example, when your phone takes longer to load, it may have been affected months ago with a virus. If scanning had been regularly done, the infection would have been diagnosed early.
Similarly, a Samsung smart TV is susceptible to viral infections – if that may be said. This is because it connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. You should know that the Internet is full of viruses. Hackers can access your Samsung TV and infect it.
To do it
Scanning for viruses on your Samsung TV is a calm, well-to-do and painless exercise:
- Make sure your TV is on. On your remote control, navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu. The display will be in two-parts – the left side showing the tabs and the right side showing the specific functions.
- Navigate to ‘General’ which is just below ‘Broadcasting’. Once you press on ‘General’, the right, greater side of the screen will be activated.
- As the ‘General’ tab is active, go to ‘System Manager’ which is right below ‘Network’.
- Under the ‘System Manager’ screen, go down to ‘Smart Security’. Select it and then press ‘Scan’.
- The scan will start automatically with the following labels, ‘Scanning the System’ and the ‘Virus-infected Files: 0’ If any, the count for the virus-infected files will show.
These steps may differ a little depending on the brand of Samsung TV you are using.
You should be doing it every couple of weeks. For consistency, though, do it once a month. This will protect you from hackers who may tap into your TV’s microphone and listen in to your conversations – a thing that you surely do not want happening.
Or you can do this – scan the TV as frequently as you visit the web since the Internet stems from numerous malware.
Any need for panic?
Viruses on computers are bigger risks than when they are on TVs, so there is no need to panic. But, there is a need for caution since you want your TV to operate without any interference, right?
You should have done the scanning without any challenges – it is a piece of cake. If viruses are found, you will see on the screen. To take care of them, you can quarantine or block execution.