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John McAfee: Glad Intel dropping name from anti-virus software

Published on Jan 8, 2014 6:41 AM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Mr John McAfee, the flamboyant millionaire who founded a pioneering anti-virus software company that Intel Corp bought for US$7.7 billion (S$9.8 billion), says he is glad that the chipmaker plans to drop his name from its products.

Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich announced the decision to abandon the McAfee name late on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the company plans to adopt the "Intel Security" brand.

"I've been begging them to drop the brand or fix the product," Mr McAfee said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. He did not speculate on a reason for the move, which was not completely unexpected.

Last June, Mr McAfee appeared in a profanity-laced video attacking the quality of the software produced by the company, which he founded in the late 1980s. He said he frequently gets e-mails from customers who complain that it degrades the performance of their computers and is difficult to remove.

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