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Windows 7: Why Intel bought McAfee

28 Aug 2010   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Their motivation makes a lot of sense. But why did they settle for McAfee where there are so many better companies/technologies around - e.g. G-Data.


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28 Aug 2010   #12
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

That is a very good question.
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28 Aug 2010   #13
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Their motivation makes a lot of sense. But why did they settle for McAfee where there are so many better companies/technologies around - e.g. G-Data.
Money?

~Lordbob
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28 Aug 2010   #14
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

McAfee, dispite how crappy the product is, does have a large user base. They currently have a deal with Dell where all new PCs from them have McAfee preinstalled, with no option not to have it one there, even when custom ordered (except businesses of course). I'm sure other OEMs have similar deals with them. Several businesses and school use McAfee. So the user base and price combined probably made McAfee the best deal.
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28 Aug 2010   #15
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Maybe they bought it for 1$.

If they are serious about trying to incorporate some anti-virus technology into the hardware and vPro for consumers. This could be a good thing. It all depends on how it all pans out and if they have the right people that can develop a strong reliable product out of it.

Consumer side vPro could be HUGE for a lot of reasons.
But it could also be BAD for a lot of reasons.
It all depends on how it gets incorporated and the big time security needed for it on that level.

McAfee could be to hardware, what MSE is to Windows.
And if you can stop threats at the Hardware level, would it be then that a software based only AV not be needed? at all?
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29 Aug 2010   #16
jjthenovice

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm with Comcast and they used to offer McAfee for free and now have switched to Norton. Both IMHO are average at best (I'm bein kind). I prefer MSE.
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29 Aug 2010   #17
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Trust me....they didn't buy it for $1.00...

The near term goal is to eventually move some kind of protection onto the chips themselves that are produced...
Whether this is a valid strategy or not remauins to be seen.
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29 Aug 2010   #18
HerrKaLeun

W7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
McAfee could be to hardware, what MSE is to Windows.
And if you can stop threats at the Hardware level, would it be then that a software based only AV not be needed? at all?
I think software AV always will be needed to stay up to date. when they design the chip there will be some threats 2 years later they didn't know of during design. Your software AV updates every day for a reason.

Sure, a combination of hardware and software may be the future. But any solution will have to have update capability.

It escapes me why they settled for McAfee. Just because they have the Dell contract, that can disappear at any moment. MSE is just so great for free that I even ditched Kaspersky (which I would recommend if i had a business or so).
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29 Aug 2010   #19
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It was more of a random thought. While this is all speculation at this time, there is no telling if software av will be needed or not.

It could be a bios type update to the chip to update definitions on a regular basis.
I still think, if you can stop and clean viruses at the hardware level, then honestly, I don't see how SW AV would ever be needed, cause it won't be allowed to execute.

Granted, people will always find a way around security. The only 100% secure PC is one that is not used.
Even Root Kits are now possible on a 64bit Windows OS. And they hook into the MBR to do it. So, I would think that hardware based AV might prevent this type of activity?

I am guessing/speculating and not stating fact.
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29 Aug 2010   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

McAffe has a very large following even with the bad things we know of for a long time. It still has a very large market share. Intel is looking forward. The things that come to mind to me is mobile and cloud computing. It is probably the biggest up coming market and they want to be there. If a company can build in security where the consumer doesn't have to do anything a company will grab large market share. I IMHO think they made a great move that will pay off long term. The bad reputation McAffe has got in the last few years will go away with improving the product and the name McAffe will slip away. Intel wants a big heads up on mobile and cloud computing security. McAffe with changes will give them that.
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