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Can My Samsung TV Get a Virus?

Last Updated Oct 8, 2021
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In this world of smart home tech, there are considerations you have to take into account to protect your devices from damage. This is especially true when it comes to internet security. With your computer or laptop, you have antivirus protection that scans and blocks viruses and malware to keep your electronics and data safe. 

While this information is still unknown to many, Samsung has recently stated that smart TVs that are connected to Wifi are susceptible to viruses and malware just like a PC or a Mac.

In this article, we will be answering the question of whether our Samsung smart TV can get a virus, as well as providing some valuable information to assist you in protecting your TV. Let us get started!

How To Check Your Samsung TV For Viruses

Samsung released the information provided in a tweet that has since been deleted, but they also released a video detailing how to scan your smart TV for viruses that have been reposted on their website. The information below is directly from Samsung, and will not invalidate any warranties or insurance you may have on your TV.

This answers our initial question, but now we have another concern. How do we know for sure whether or not our Samsung TV is affected? Is there anything we can do to find out and is there a way that we check our TV ourselves? The answer is absolutely, and we’ve provided the information to do so right here in this article! Read on to learn exactly how to scan your Samsung TV for viruses! 

This is a crucial matter to consider for all of your smart techs, but the biggest concern is your smart TV. This is the most expensive device we are likely to purchase, and we have to know if it is susceptible to viruses! 

To check your Samsung TV for viruses, please follow the steps outlined below: 

  1. Use your TV remote to select the Settings Menu
  2. Select General 
  3. Select System Manager
  4. Select the Smart Security option by scrolling with the remote arrow keys
  5. Scroll to and select Scan

Your TV will begin scanning for viruses in the same manner as your PC or Mac.

What To Do If The Scan Detects Viruses

If you have scanned your Samsung TV for viruses and malware and the diagnostic tool turns up positive, there is no need to worry. Just like viruses and malware on your computer, you do have options for restoring your TV to its former pre-virus conditions. 

To do this, you will have to perform a factory reset on your TV. A factory reset will restore your TV to its original settings. Unfortunately, this will cause your TV to delete any content, apps, or other downloaded software from your TV. Trust us, it is better to replace your apps, passwords, and content than to replace your entire TV. 

Malware and viruses will not resolve themselves and can cause irreparable damage if left alone. We also highly recommend installing antivirus software and a firewall on your router to prevent further issues with your TV and another smart home tech.

To perform a factory reset on your Samsung TV, follow the steps we have outlined for you below: 

  1. Using your TV remote, select Settings 
  2. Select General
  3. Select Reset
  4. Enter your PIN. If you have not set a PIN on your TV, the default is 0000
  5. Select Reset again
  6. To begin the reset, select OK
  7. Your TV will now begin the reset. 

Should these steps not apply to your Samsung TV, you can consult your Users Manual, or you can follow the further steps outlined here: 

  1. Using your TV remote, select Menu
  2. Select Settings 
  3. Select Support
  4. Select Self-Diagnoses
  5. Reset will be located within the Self Diagnoses Menu. Select Reset
  6. As stated above, enter your PIN. If you do not have a PIN, the default is 0000
  7. Select Reset
  8. To begin the reset, select OK
  9. Your TV will begin the reset.


Living in the age of the tech boom is an amazing experience, and the convenience of that tech can not be understated or discounted. However, it does come bearing new challenges and a need to acquire new skills to keep and maintain all our smart home devices in good working order. 

In this article, we have answered the question of whether our Samsung smart TV can get a virus, and we have outlined how to check for and remedy any issue with viruses or malware when and if we find them. Now we can enjoy our streaming services and gaming on our Samsung TV with the assurance that our TV is protected!

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