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Intel hopes acquisition will help its "hardware enhanced security" efforts

Intel, the world's largest maker of computer processors, on Thursday announced news that shocked the tech world.  The firm would be acquiring antivirus software vendor McAfee at a price of $48 USD per share, for a total acquisition price of $7.68B USD.

Assuming the deal receives Federal Trade Commission approval, McAfee would become an Intel subsidiary, folding into the company's Software and Services Group.  

Intel made it clear that one major reason for the acquisition was to expand its wireless security offerings.  Intel, a major maker of wireless chipsets, believes that the industry is failing to address mobile security even as the market explodes with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, comments:

With the rapid expansion of growth across a vast array of Internet-connected devices, more and more of the elements of our lives have moved online.  In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences."

The addition of McAfee products and technologies into the Intel computing portfolio brings us incredibly talented people with a track record of delivering security innovations, products and services that the industry and consumers trust to make connecting to the Internet safer and more secure.

The acquisition also will allow Intel to expand what it calls "hardware-enhanced security".  Similar to Intel's hardware-enhanced virtualization technology, the idea here is to directly implement security features in hardware, an approach that can offer energy savings and faster performance.  

States Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager of the company's Software and Services Group, "Hardware-enhanced security will lead to breakthroughs in effectively countering the increasingly sophisticated threats of today and tomorrow.  This acquisition is consistent with our software and services strategy to deliver an outstanding computing experience in fast-growing business areas, especially around the move to wireless mobility."

McAfee is coming off a strong year in 2009, in which it earned a total revenue of $2B USD, the most of any dedicated security firm.  The company was founded in 1987 and is based out of Santa Clara, Calif., the same location as Intel's headquarters.  Intel was founded in 1968.

The surprise announcement has approved a boon for investors with McAfee shares.  Share prices soared over 50 percent from around the $30 mark to above $47.

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RE: Wow
By jajig on 8/19/2010 10:50:38 AM , Rating: -1
I notice whenever Mcafee is mentioned there's a throng of people who say how bad they are, but I've never had a problem with Mcafee's antivirus in all the years I've used it.

I've often wondered if people who use products that give them many false positives think that other products are bad because they're not detecting anything.

RE: Wow
By DigitalFreak on 8/19/2010 11:00:39 AM , Rating: 5
I've used all 3 big name AV products (McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro) in both personal and corporate settings as a Sys Admin. Both McAfee and Symantec have consistently been crap from both a performance and false positive / destroy your system standpoint.

RE: Wow
By B3an on 8/19/2010 11:55:44 AM , Rating: 3
Not to mention they're massively bloated, and i'm normally the last person to call a piece of software bloated.

RE: Wow
By Mitch101 on 8/19/2010 1:16:53 PM , Rating: 5
A nice feature of McCrappy would be the ability to clean an infected file not just pretend to try.

RE: Wow
By borismkv on 8/19/2010 1:32:02 PM , Rating: 5
When I was working in a Managed Services NOC, we had a client with McAfee's ePO solution. Whenever it found a virus in someone's email, it deleted the *entire exchange database*. It did this *twice*. Even after we told it to stop scanning the folders with the databases in it.

RE: Wow
By BikeDude on 8/21/2010 3:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that is one way of making sure nobody receives any malware through e-mail in the foreseeable future.

I have suspected for a long time that anti-malware have caused more damage than malware.

RE: Wow
By callmeroy on 8/23/2010 9:59:49 AM , Rating: 2
yeah but it got rid of the infected file ! :)

RE: Wow
By carage on 8/19/2010 7:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
In my experience with these three, it was Trend-Micro's that did this.

RE: Wow
By tastyratz on 8/19/2010 8:07:30 PM , Rating: 3
It all depends. From a personal consumer standpoint mcafee has been out of the running to me for years just like symantec. From a corporate sys admin angle it gets pretty hard to beat EPO unfortunately. I wish something like that could be coupled with a more corporately targeted avast.

RE: Wow
By plewis00 on 8/19/2010 11:03:01 AM , Rating: 2
At a guess I'd say it's because a lot of the tier-one manufacturers insist on installing it on new systems, many of which won't let you use them until you register or click-through a number of screens. Coupled with a short subscription trial, it's just annoying bloatware to many. I think if their business model didn't appear to be 'get it onto as many computers as possible' (coupled with a short subscription) they would have a better reputation.

My Dell for work came with a year's subscription so I gave it a shot and to be fair it's been fine for me, no problems or slowdowns.

RE: Wow
By CheesePoofs on 8/19/2010 11:07:48 AM , Rating: 5
Having worked in a computer store for a long while, I saw far more computers come in infected to the gills with McAfee installed than would seem normal. Not that NAV was any better.

RE: Wow
By mcnabney on 8/19/2010 11:23:49 AM , Rating: 5
In the day and age of MSE why is anyone giving McAfee (or Norton) their money?

Seriously, I am going to sell all of my Intel shares because apparently their leadership has lost their freakin minds. $7.68B for McAfee? Not even in the .Com age!

Also, gee thanks, but I don't really need crappy and amazingly inefficient AV software on my Droid. Some of us bother to keep the integrated security of Android OS in mind when installing apps.

RE: Wow
By watkinsaj on 8/19/2010 2:33:38 PM , Rating: 5
I would have valued McAfee at $2.56B, maybe $5.12B at the most.

RE: Wow
By roadhog1974 on 8/19/2010 9:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
no love for $10.24B ?

RE: Wow
By fleabag on 8/20/2010 3:36:23 AM , Rating: 2
worth more like 1024M at the most..

RE: Wow
By ARoyalF on 8/20/2010 11:09:33 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Wow
By mattclary on 8/19/2010 11:53:06 AM , Rating: 5
I've seen an equal share of McAfee and Norton/Symantec (mainly because they are the biggest) and just about every other kind out there. The only thing that will really protect you is common sense, something that is sorely lacking amongst most.

RE: Wow
By jtvang125 on 8/19/2010 11:27:15 AM , Rating: 5
Did you forget the last false positive with McAfee where it thought a Windows system file was a virus and deleted it? I'm sure thousands of system admins had a $hitty morning that day.

RE: Wow
By Proxes on 8/19/2010 1:27:25 PM , Rating: 5
The XP SP3 svchost.exe.

Yeah, that day sucked.

RE: Wow
By AlexWade on 8/19/2010 11:37:21 AM , Rating: 3
The problem with McAfee is that it is so bloated. I don't know about the latest versions, but earlier versions replaced what Windows did so efficiently with its own inefficient version. Why replace the Windows security center? Why reinvent the wheel?

RE: Wow
By StevoLincolnite on 8/19/2010 11:46:23 AM , Rating: 5
Why replace the Windows security center? Why reinvent the wheel?

Love Nod32, Tried PC-Cillin, Kaspersky, McCrappy, Snortin' and they all fail in comparison to Nod32 which is light and efficient.
Most Virus scanners slow down even the fastest of systems with a conventional mechanical HDD, with Nod32 I don't even know it's running most of the time except for the occasional alert.

Regarding Windows Security Center.. I can't say I have ever relied/used it, but my set-up works extremely well so I may as well stick to it. :)

RE: Wow
By xti on 8/19/2010 12:43:21 PM , Rating: 5
windows one isnt bad at all, i rather use it than norton.

but nod32 is godly with its tiny footprint.

RE: Wow
By Exodite on 8/19/2010 1:17:30 PM , Rating: 3
If you enjoy trying out different protection schemes I can recommend Avast. Currently running Avast Internet Security (the one with included firewall and improved heuristics) on our home rigs but the free version is excellent as well.

IMHO anyway, just throwing it out there as an option worth investigating.

RE: Wow
By FITCamaro on 8/20/2010 8:29:37 AM , Rating: 2
One reason to own Avast is just so you can feel like a pirate.


RE: Wow
By inperfectdarkness on 8/19/2010 1:21:01 PM , Rating: 3
i've tried AVG, norton, mc-cafe (i'm not loving it), bit-defender/defender-pro (SUCK). also tried f-secure (which i enjoyed using for 3 years). i like kapersky. i'll have to try nod32; but it's hard to imagine having something much better than kapersky.

RE: Wow
By HrilL on 8/19/2010 6:15:12 PM , Rating: 3
I agree 100% Nod32 is the best and we are rolling it out company wide currently. They have the best detect rate and lowest false positives. It uses low amounts of resources and doesn't thrash your hard drive when scanning. Its also programmed in assembly to make it very efficient.

I used to be a field tech and clean Virus infections a lot and Nod32 would find a lot of viruses the big 3 would fail to detect at all.

RE: Wow
By MrBungle123 on 8/19/2010 1:15:09 PM , Rating: 2
I used to use McAfee a few years ago... The last straw with their ever more intrusive bloatware was when it minimized my Doom 3 game during a fight with one of the bosses to tell me that a worm was quickly spreading across Indian and Chinese networks... not that it was on my computer... but that it was on a bunch of Chinese computers.

Ever since I'm only interested in security sofware if I can forget that its even there until it finds something ON MY COMPUTER .

I've moved to AVG free and never looked back. Its not intrusive and with a little common sense when it comes to what you click on when on the internet its been pretty effective.

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