Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Aug 2010 17:54 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Intel Chalk this one up on the 'uh, what?'-list of acquisitions. Intel announced today that it has acquired Mcafee, the security and antivirus company we all know and love. The press release is a bit vague on why, exactly, Intel made this rather odd acquisition.
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RE: Not good
by vivainio on Thu 19th Aug 2010 18:19 UTC in reply to "Not good"
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26


Now we will have resource hogging junk running at the hardware level too. ;)


That's where it would belong in a sane world.

Think of this - where do you think most of the computer time is spent these days?

Compiling? Rendering?

For a corporate Windows desktop, virus scanning is a huge resource drain. Imagine if Intel had a hardware solution to make that drain unnoticeable? And AMD didn't?

Done right, it could be more noticeable than 1ghz clock difference in practical real world use.

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RE[2]: Not good
by pabloski on Thu 19th Aug 2010 18:28 in reply to "RE: Not good"
pabloski Member since:
2009-09-28

I agree but http://www.kaspersky.com/news?id=207576021

Why not kaspersky then? Kaspersky already has the technology.

Mcafee is not so good after all, it is a mediocre antivirus.

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RE[3]: Not good
by vivainio on Thu 19th Aug 2010 18:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


Why not kaspersky then? Kaspersky already has the technology.


I'm pretty sure Intel did their homework on this one...

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RE[3]: Not good
by Elv13 on Thu 19th Aug 2010 19:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

But as far as I read in the news, they do more research than Karspersky and find more flaw/viruses. Just as Norten, they are so targetted by malware that it render the product useless. This would not happen if it was hardware. I am not saying it is a good AV, but it is not a mediocre firm.

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RE[3]: Not good
by Phloptical on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

Agreed...Kapersky, Trend Micro, NOD32....

No reason to marry themselves to the lumbering twin oafs that are Symantec and McAfee.

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RE[3]: Not good
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 20th Aug 2010 15:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Mcaffee is a lot more profitable and it already has established relationships with many OEMs.

Its like choosing to buy Mc Donanld corp or a five star restaurant.

Companies are not solely based on the quality of their product.

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RE[2]: Not good
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 19th Aug 2010 22:38 in reply to "RE: Not good"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

That's where it would belong in a sane world.

The way I see it, McAfee's garbage doesn't belong anywhere on my machine. If I really felt I needed virus protection, I still wouldn't use theirs--I'd rather use Microsoft's own Security Essentials (which was mentioned in the article). It's the most decent program I've found, and free, no nags... and it won't leave you screwed and in danger after the X-year "subscription."

Not everyone is a dumbass needing "protection" (if you can even call it that; more like a false sense of security) from viruses, so if it's in the hardware, it should be PURELY optional. As in, not even built into the hardware by default, with a "special" version of the chip for those idiots that think they need it and want to waste the extra money.

People need common sense and self control. Not f***ing anti-virus software. It's cheaper (free) and far more secure.

Edited 2010-08-19 22:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Not good
by jgagnon on Fri 20th Aug 2010 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Not good"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

In all fairness, Intel could work wonders with McAfee's software base and make it run a LOT more efficiently, which I'm assuming they will do. Not only that, they might be able to take some of the ideas from the inner workings and help make their chips more "virus proof" or at least help localize the potential damage (like the virtualization instructions).

I wish Intel had bought Sun instead of Oracle. A MUCH better idea in the long run that McAfee, but there is still a lot of good that can come from this acquisition.

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RE[2]: Not good
by TusharG on Fri 20th Aug 2010 03:08 in reply to "RE: Not good"
TusharG Member since:
2005-07-06

I like your comments "You are optimist!"

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