Samsung adds malware scanner to its Smart TVs

In recent years, it has regularly been reported in the news that TVs can in principle be infected, although it appears that large-scale malware attacks on TVs have not yet taken place.

"Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly". The company's official support account on Twitter today put out a little notice showing everyone how you can run an anti-virus scan on your TV, because it's 2019 and this is something we have to all actively think about now. This also is true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi!

What just happened? Do you own a Samsung QLED TV? "Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks", Samsung tweeted from its @SamsungSupport Twitter feed on Monday.

Samsung customers who want to detect and get rid of the odd malware that escaped through the fingers of their Smart TV's security solution can manually scan for viruses which might have crept in undetected by going into their device's Options General System Manager Smart Security menu and then hit "Scan".

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Update (12pm ET): Samsung has now deleted the somewhat controversial tweet.

There were reports a couple of years ago that the Central Intelligence Agency created an exploit called "Weeping Angel" that could turn some smart TVs into listening devices.

Thankfully, though Samsung's virus scan process is sadly not automated, the procedure is actually pretty simple.

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