John McAfee Disses McAfee Security Software

I have had McAfee security software products on my DO NOT RECOMMED list for several years now, due to recurring and strange network connectivity and system performance issues that I have solved by uninstalling the McAfee products I find on the affected systems.  And lets not forget the surprisingly bad virus signature update that incorrectly marked Windows processes as malware and disabled tens of thousands of Windows PCs in April 2010.

Anyway, Intel bought McAfee in 2010 (a coincidence?) and has been integrating the security product on Intel chips to provide security on a chip technology.  Intel has decided to rebrand McAfee as Intel Security and announced it at CES, much to the delight of John McAfee who said to 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.”

So, McAfee users, if you are having the sort of problems that I described at the beginning of my article, don’t take my advice, take John’s, and uninstall McAfee and install something better.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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