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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security 180

An anonymous reader writes "At CES 2014 today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the McAfee brand name will be phased out and replaced by 'Intel Security,' which will identify Intel products and services in the security segment. The rebranding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year before it is complete." The BBC reports that John McAfee is happy with the decision: "'I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. ... My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words.'"
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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

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  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:20PM (#45888205)
    Panda is linked with Scientology. That a very good reason not to get it.
  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nos. ( 179609 ) <{andrew} {at} {}> on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @12:58PM (#45888601) Homepage

    McAfee may not be what I'd recommend for home use, but I would for enterprise. Their suite of tools and being able to pull together a very accurate and real time picture of a huge environment makes it very worthwhile. That, and a properly configured agent and virus scan shouldn't interfere too much outside of doing a regular full scan, and even then, the computer should still be usable, if a bit slower.

  • by RemyBR ( 1158435 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:38PM (#45889017) Homepage

    Because it's not his own company anymore, for at least 15 years.

  • by herve_masson ( 104332 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:50PM (#45889177)

    Beeing bloated, buggy, resource consuming, useless, unremovable and unstable seems to be the natural way AV softtware evolve. Some are faster than others; McAfee and Norton reached this evolution milestone long time ago, AVAST and friends are joining the club those days. I have "fixed" about 10 computers the last 2 months, uninstalling this shitware from friends's computer, now using microsoft security software. Not sure there is a solution to this madness....

    Notably, people keep thinking "I'm safe because I've Norton/McAfee/whatever ; this can't be the cause of my computer problems". At this, they've been really really good.


  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @01:59PM (#45889315)

    "There was never a good reason to use McAfee or Norton. Not even in dial-up days when you'd buy software boxed. In those days Panda was available and way less of a nightmare than the competition."

    Nonsense, youngster.

    What happened to McAfee was the same thing that happened to Norton. When Peter Norton was running Norton Utilities, it was among the greatest software around. It started to suck less than a year after his company was bought out by Symantec.

    McAfee used to be a great product. It began to suck soon after the company was acquired by Intel.

    Both founders have stated they were glad to be as distanced from the "modern" product as possible.

  • Re:Interesting... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Tuesday January 07, 2014 @02:04PM (#45889391)
    Qualifier: you may not have liked McAfee even in the beginning, but lots of people did. Probably what killed it was all the default installations that people didn't want.

    Norton, on the other hand, was ground-breaking in its day.

    Also, I might add: one of the reasons people disliked anti-virus software so much was that they used it wrong. They'd have 4 different utilities running in the background all the time, killing performance. In reality, it was almost always fine to run it manually once a week, or scheduled for 3:00 a.m., and disabling all the background crap.

VMS must die!