[citation][nom]backin5[/nom]Yup, I do believe that is the general consensus.Hopefully it would be Intel influencing McAfee and not the other way around...[/citation]
I used to think that way too, though a friend used to think it was amazing. To be honest, it's comparable to Avast and Avira, in which those two antiviruses are awesome.
Why is Intel buying up anti-virus companies? First AVG and now MacAfee have they bought any more that I don’t know about? They have probably also got large stakes in other anti-virus companies as well. This is like a game of Monopoly. It is a shame for Intel that Microsoft give away free a very capable anti-virus program.
Man... remember when people use to pay for antivirus? Last I checked you really don't need antivirus if you have a decent firewall, keep your OS up to date, and don't click on things you ought not to. And now there is Microsoft Security Essentials, which while not perfect, doesn't have much of any performance impact, catches almost anything that for-pay AV will catch, and is FREE!
I do understand the need for added security on servers, and things which attract more attention from thieves, but for the average home user I find that if they are determined to catch a virus through some smutty site, not amount of AV will save them.
MC Afee enterprice is quite strong sadly and for homeusers... not so much! I never liked their software, eats to much resources to get the job done but its easy to manage, bet thats why many lazy it staffers around the globe like their solution - Lost productivity over the whole company dont seem to matter to them because they get it a tad easier!
[citation][nom]Memoscorp[/nom]Doesn't McAfee suck?[/citation]
McAfee is the only product that caters to enterprise needs. It's not perfect, but it provides a host intrusion protection, memory protection, software protection, software lock down and more, all centraly managed.
I just finished cleaning several infections off of my father's PC. He normally runs McAfee, which didn't find anything. I ran an offline scan on his HDD using MSE and that's how those were found.
So what does McAfee have that other - cheaper ($7.68B?!?)- AV companies don't, and Intel wants? My guess... they have a way to make AMD processors run comparatively slower. Couple that with the bloatware distribution common to McAfee ("free 60 day trial!"), and Intel gets quite a tactical advantage over the green team.
Just a thought Intel buys the slowest anti-virus programs that it can with a large market share (I predict Norton will be next for acquisition) then makes them even slower if possible, making people want to buy faster processors to run them. Intel wins.