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Intel Drops McAfee Name From Security Software

By Shawn Dwyer 01/07/14

Gun and stripper enthusiast John McAfee is glad the company has changed the name of his antivirus software.

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Intel Corp., which paid $7.68 billion in 2010 for the antivirus software that bore the name of its notorious creator, John McAfee, has now decided to rebrand the security software.

While such a move would be innocuous under normal circumstances, Intel’s effort has been cast under the heavy shadow of McAfee’s increasingly bizarre behavior while an expatriate in Belize, which culminated in him being a person of interest in the murder of American Gregory Faull while allegedly being high on bath salts. Before Faull’s murder, which happened just days after he filed a complaint against McAfee for his “roguish behavior,” the software founder was fond of posing for pictures with a variety of weapons and strippers while expressing his love for psychoactive stimulants on Russian drug message boards. McAfee tried to seek asylum in Guatemala, but managed to get himself deported back to the United States instead.

Of course, Intel denied that McAfee’s particular zest for life had anything to do with the change. "Everybody realized the man was trying to get a laugh or make a joke. It is far from something that most buyers took seriously," said Intel’s chief technology officer Michael Fey. "We didn't really feel much pressure."

For his part, a typically direct McAfee expressed his pleasure for Intel dropping his name from the product. "I've been begging them to drop the brand or fix the product," he said in an interview. "I am who I am. I'm sorry I live on the edge and enjoy life and don't care what people think of me. I'm sorry that the software has my name."

Regardless of Intel's reasons for dropping his name, surely this bizarre NSFW video had nothing to do with it.

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