Samsung announces McAfee security software comes pre-installed on Galaxy S8 smartphones


It looks like Samsung and McAfee get along together very well, as the South Korean company has just announced a massive partnership that will see the latter's security solutions get pre-installed on smartphones, smart TVs, as well as PCs.

According to Samsung, McAfee VirusScan anti-malware technology will be pre-installed on the Galaxy S8 smartphones starting April. Basically, this means that all Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships will come with McAfee's security software right out of the box.

In addition, McAfee VirusScan will be available for Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Note 5 free of charge.

A similar anti-malware technology will be available in the United States and Korea for Samsung Smart TV customers, whereas additional countries will be added throughout the first half of 2017.

Last but not least, the McAfee LiveSafe cross-device security solution is now being shipped as pre-installed software on all Samsung PCs manufactured, starting in 2017.

However, it's worth pointing out that Samsung PC users will only be able to enjoy 60-day free trials after which they will receive a special offer.

source: McAfee

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33 Comments

1. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

makes me want to puke

3. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The fact that it's going to be baked-in or that it's trash McAfee? Both can cause violent barfing.

18. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I would hope it can be disabled and even uninstalled, but I would take the option to disable it any day.

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really surprised since they already have other rubbish baked-in like Clean Master Speed Booster

25. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

That clean master bloatware is the worst.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The main reason why I stop buying Samsung phone. They not only develop duplicated services and bloatware but also bundle third parties bloat into their flagship phone. The little precious phone space that i bought from them are filled with their agenda and junk.

2. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Don't they know that John McAfee is bats**t crazy?

4. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Lol it's owned by Intel, but that dude is legit nutso

24. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Even John McAfee himself said McAfee security is the biggest piece of malware itself.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Garbage. Absolute... garbage.

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

For once I absolutely agree with you...

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So does that mean Knox is no more? or is this just extra bloatware?

26. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Just extra bloatware.

7. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Just disable/uninstall.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

McAfee was the best software. I like it because it doesn't tax the system resources like Norton always did. Much easier to uninstall too. T-Mo phones come with Lookout. Is good enough for me. I don't sideload.

19. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Um... Norton since 2013 has been great with resources and it's actually up there with BitDefender, Kaspersky and ESET.

22. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup, right on point defending Samsung just like the people you call sheep. Samsung could make a phone that explodes next to your face and you'd still use it. Wait..

23. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's the best of the worst. Prevention is better than cure. These AVs for phones are useless piece of **ap. They're better left disabled or uninstalled.

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"These AVs for phones are useless piece of **ap." No, not really. I have Avast Mobile and it works great.

9. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Baked in bloatware done by OEM? Please no. It's bad enough that carriers pull this crap.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Great. More bloatware and Spyware. Why do they force this crap in people's throats?

11. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

No. His last name is Jaquen or something like that.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I thought Samsung is slowly removing bloatware?

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Well considering that just about any Samsung app can be uninstalled, I'd say they did remove bloatware. Most of the bloatware on Android phones are Google related. But if McAfee is baked in, then it might be an issue

15. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

So I'll be switching to iPhone this cycle

16. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No thanks. Not going to install this even if it's free. Windows defender is fine on my HTPC and no virus scanner works just fine in my phone. This is good for people who watch a lot of porn on their phones though. Lol For me it's useless.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

They should have just used the money they pay mcafee for more research and development. We need sapphire displays by now.

21. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yup, Samsung sells out it's users for some money from software companies. First Microsoft, now McAfee. As if there isn't enough bloat on Samsung hardware. But it's alrite, Death to Apple.

29. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

What I really hate about Samsung's devices is the amount of bloatware that is preinstalled, in addition to all the duplicate apps from Samsung and Google.

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