The antivirus software logo will still have the familiar red shield, but the name will be different. The company plans to transition McAfee products to Intel Security over the next year. Intel acquired McAfee in 2010, and it appears the company has decided to end the McAfee product name for good, but will not change the products themselves.
Krzanich also announced that Intel will offer elements of McAfee’s security solutions for mobile devices for free, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices. More details will be announced in the coming months.
“The complexity of keeping digital identities safe grows as mobile applications and devices become a more important part of our daily lives,” said Krzanich. “Intel’s intent is to intensify our efforts dedicated to making the digital world more secure, and staying ahead of threats to private information on mobile and wearable devices.”
The name change also distances the company from McAfee’s eccentric founder John McAfee. Intel has come under fire from Mr. McAfee frequently in the past, including a now infamous video criticizing the antivirus software. The billionaire founded McAfee in 1987, and sold it in 1994, which means that he’s had no official input over the last 20 years in the software. Nonetheless, McAfee expressed gladness at his name being removed.
“I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet,” McAfee told the BBC. “These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words.”
It can be understood why both parties are walking away from this happy.
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