While surfing Yahoo!’s news site, some article caught my attention. Talk about a new meaning for “Intel Inside”. Intel Corp. wants to be inside your television. And your cell phone. And your car. And pretty much any other device that could one day connect to the Internet and require a computer chip.
And with its deal to buy McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, the world’s No. 1 semiconductor company now wants to sell you security software as well – in all those places.
The all-cash deal announced Thursday marks the biggest acquisition in Intel’s 42-year history, an expensive example of Intel’s commitment to sell more than chips for personal computers and servers. It is the sixth biggest deal globally between two technology companies over the past 3 1/2 years, according to Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s.
But the deal is also a reminder of Intel’s inconsistency in finding new ways to grow. The company is an infrequent acquirer with a history of dabbling in, and retreating from, markets outside its core business. It once even had a toy division that made microscopes and other gadgets – a project Intel eventually gave up because of poor sales.
Here is hoping Intel’s move is a smart one. But knowing McAfee, I believe it will be brighter days ahead for Intel.
If your PC is running the corporate version of McAfee AntiVirus and you just recently updated its virus definition list, do not be surprised if in case your PC locks up. McAfee confirmed confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.
McAfee said it did not appear that consumer versions of its software caused similar problems. It is investigating how the error happened “and will take measures” to prevent it from recurring, the company said in a statement.
In many offices, personal attention to each PC from a technician appeared to be the only way to fix the problem because the computers weren’t receptive to remote software updates when stuck in the reboot cycle. That slowed the recovery.
A user’s first impression if this happened would really be a virus. Even I would think so too. Cases like this happen sometimes. Other antivirus softwares also had mishaps like BitDefender, which locked up PCs running several different versions of Windows last month.
Normally, deleting an application in Mac OS is just a simple thing to do. Delete the .app application and that is it. Or, to fully clean everything up, you use some 3rd party application like in my case AppDelete. However, McAfee VirusScan in Mac OS does not work like that. When I deleted that application, whenever I plug in my USB, it still pops up a window and scans everything inside it. So it seems the only solution for me was to re-download the installer again and, after extracting it, look for the uninstall command file that comes along with it.
Open the Terminal application and drag the uninstall file there. Everything then will follow. That’s it. McAfee VirusScan fully uninstalled.