McAfee ‘grateful’ that Intel changing name of his former company

John McAfee, the Silicon Valley anti-virus pioneer and one-time fugitive from Belize, is elated that Intel is renaming the company that once carried McAfee’s name.

Intel bought McAfee Inc. in 2010 and saw its name linked with the flesh-and-blood McAfee in 2012 as he generated international media attention while eluding authorities through the jungles of Central America after his next-door neighbor was found murdered.

Intel official initially insisted that customers understood the difference between the company and the man and insisted they were standing pat on the McAfee name, even though the brand had taken a hit because of McAfee’s exploits and sometimes bizarre behavior.

But Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Monday that Intel will rebrand its McAfee anti-virus subsidiary as Intel Security.

Krzanich’s announcement was met with joy by McAfee.

He told the BBC, “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.”


Photo by Brian Finke.



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  • BarksintheCountry

    Doesn’t sound as though he’s sobered up yet.

  • lito_2010

    Until Intel solves the problem of their anti virus program of being a CPU hog that doesn’t do what you want to it doesn’t matter what they call it. It just plain sucks

    • Guest

      You got that right. I own a computer consulting business and steer customers away from McAfee for two reasons – CPU hog and not a particularly effective anti-virus program. If the anti-virus program is going to bring your computer to a crawl, why not just let a virus do that…for free? I have had hundreds of instances where customers who do use McAfee have a virus and McAfee says everything is fine. Scan the computer with a better anti-virus program and it detects and removes the virus. I wouldn’t call McAfee the “worst software on the planet”, but I wouldn’t use it on my computer, even if it was free, either.

  • kcy2014

    Mr. McAfee is… bizarre.