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Have you done a virus check on your telly this week?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Duke of York, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter


    "Samsung has advised owners of its latest TVs to run regular virus scans.

    A how-to video on the Samsung Support USA Twitter account demonstrates the more than a dozen remote-control button presses required to access the sub-menu needed to activate the check.

    It suggested users should carry out the process "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks"."

    It's getting ridiculous. We didn't have all this nonsense to worry about when we had proper tellies with valves and were happy enough with two channels to watch.

    Am I alone in thinking that every advance in modern technology is taking us one step forward and two steps back?
    Laphroig, BetterNow and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Mine has flu.
    EmanuelShadrack likes this.
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Yes... and whatever I do Naked Attraction will not be purged.

    Be gone foul fiend!
    nomad, Laphroig and BetterNow like this.
  4. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Probably not. There will be others in that small minority.
  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It won't be such a minority as you imagine if the cost of paying the licence fee for over 75s amounts to a fifth of the BBC budget. You wouldn't believe how many times I've helped these people out by fixing their tellies after they inadvertently pressed a button on the remote control that changed the signal source to something they don't have connected.

    It's all very well having TVs that connect to the Internet and a million other devices, but there ought to be TVs for people who don't want it all.

    They just want a TV that lets them watch All Our Yesterdays and Question Time when that nice Mr Farage is on.
  6. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Apart from some hacker making it not work, what is the point of invading it?
  7. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Ransom fraud?
  8. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    How would they contact you. Its just a telly? It shows telly stuff? (I don't have a Samsung anyway, I have a Sony, one from their cheaper ranges that is not very good)
  9. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Modern TVs are more than just tellies. Lots of people watch streaming TV via a broadband connected device. That's how malware reaches the TV. I would imagine it's similar to the ransom viruses that infect computers.

    Typically they pop up a series of extreme pornography sites then the computer locks up. You get a warning such as this one.


    It demands you pay a fine before being able to have the computer unlocked. There's another which purports to be microsoft and gives a number to call. One of my residents has had this happen three times. The idea is to embarass the user into paying up rather than seek help. These viruses are very simple to remove if you understand computers, but most people don't.
  10. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter


    Nothing more to add
  11. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    They protect the TV. The malware (if it exists) is a problem for TVs connected directly to the house network .
    That said, if the malware has got past the firewall all other devices on the network are compromised.
  12. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It may be possible for malware to bypass the firewall if it's on a phone which uses the TV for screen mirroring. Something I was testing recently was to see if a phone camera could be used with a TV to magnify text for a lady with macular degeneration. It worked well enough for me, but her hands were to shaky for it to be a solution.

    The particular TV had the option of connecting directly to to phone, i.e. bypassing the network and thereby the firewall.

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