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Intel acquisition of McAfee approved by regulators

In August of 2010, Intel announced it was purchasing McAfee for a cool $7.7 billion in cash. The deal had been held up by U.S. and EU regulators ever since, but the transaction has finally been given the all-clear. The two companies plan to develop security solutions which more tightly integrate hardware and software, a move both claim is imperative in today's rapidly evolving threat landsca...

McAfee: Smartphones, Apple devices to be top malware targets in 2011

Traditionally, Windows' massive user base has made it a juicy target for malware authors, but a new report from McAfee suggests there could be a major shift in 2011. The security company is predicting that attacks on the exploding smartphone segment and Apple devices will increase significantly. Mac trojans have already become increasingly common in 2010, and McAfee finds that "lack of user u...

McAfee launches a -- yawn -- short URL service

McAfee has decided to get in to the short URL game. Why? Possibly because they were looking for an additional reason for techies to loathe them -- if there's one thing more hated than craptacular software, it's yet another URL truncator. The theory is that people will use McAfee's short URL service because the links are managed by a trusted recognized security company. I'll say this for mcaf.e...

Intel buys McAfee for nearly $8 billion

Holy acquisitions, Batman! While most of the IT guys I know aren't fans of McAfee -- especially after that teensy little definition screwup which resulted in thousands of unwanted desktop support hours -- Intel is obviously a fan. In a press release this morning, the IT behemoth has announced that they're swallowing up McAfee for the princely sum of $7.7 billion dollars. Whether guys like y...

McAfee in court over misleading pop-up adverts, unwanted purchases

Advertising makes the Internet go round, but it's also become a tremendous problem. Between unsavory malware peddlers injecting their nefarious scripts into unsuspecting sites and misleading software ads tricking people into installing useless registry and driver tools, it's no wonder ad blocking has become so commonplace. And now McAfee, longtime developers of security-related software, are b...

Clean XP Antivirus and other fake alert infections with McAfee Stinger

Malware infections are the most common problems I see on my workbench. While there are plenty of different kinds, fake alerts and rogue antivirus programs seem to be the most widespread. They end up on my customers' systems with many different names -- Antivirus XP, Personal Antivirus, Spyware Protect, XP Antivirus -- and they're all major annoyances. If you've fallen victim to one of these na...

Jessica Biel isn't the problem, McAfee's stupid list is

Big news from the folks at McAfee today. Yes, it's time once again to share that most crucial of lists, their annual "top celebrity names being used by malware pushers." Why? Because it's important to make sure the blogosphere takes time out to warn everyone within earshot that searching for Jessica Biel could instantly give your computer a virus, start sending every keystroke to Russian cyber...

Google suggest proves that a lot of people want Norton, McAffee, and AVG off their PCs

Google suggest - sometimes it's helpful, sometimes it's way off the mark. For the guys at Sophos, it's a source of mild amusement. Why? Well, take a look at the YouTube clip they generously shared with the world. Among the top suggestions when you type "remove" in for the first word of your query? Apart from annoying pests like Antivirus 360 and Antivirus 2009 (both fake antivirus malware) you...

Satan gets frostbite, security providers form coalition to fight malware

Remember the other day when I said I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the security providers join forces for the greater good? Sophos' Graham Cluely has this morning announced the formation of the Industry Connections Security Group under the umbrella of the IEEE Standards Association's Industry Connections program. Initially the group includes Sophos, Microsoft, Symantec, McAfee, AVG, and Tre...

Countdown to Conficker

We're now less than a week away from the scheduled activation of the latest variant of the Conficker worm and experts are still unsure if this is all a hoax or a set-up for security disaster. The worm, which targets an exploit in all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 forward, including Windows 7, started spreading last fall and several variations have subsequently appeared. Although Microsoft ...

Yahoo! adds malware warnings to search results

Yahoo! has partnered with McAfee to integrated the security firm's SiteAdvisor technology in Yahoo! search results. That means Yahoo! will remove some of the most dangerous sites from search results altogether, and will include highly visible warning messages on search listings that force downloads, include browser exploits, or sites that send unsolicited emails. Google offers a similar service...

Windows Mobile virus on the loose

There's nothing special about Windows Mobile, Palm, or Symbian devices that make them virus-resistant. It's just that for the most part malicious hackers haven't tried to target mobile devices because there hasn't been that much information worth stealing. But as people put more and more valuable data on their cellphones and PDAs, those devices are becoming more attractive targets. And so we prob...

AOL replaces free Kasperky anti-virus software with McAfee

There are a variety of great, free anti-virus programs out there, including ClamWin, Avast! and AVG Free. For the past year or so, this blog's parent company, AOL has also been offering a free anti-virus program, based on powerful Kaspersky software. For some reason, AOL has decided to stop offering the popular Kaspersky-powered Active Virus Shield, and has instead replaced it with McAfee Virus Sc...

Can you spot the fake web site?

How good are you at spotting a scammer web site? Sure, it's easy enough to do when you can take a look at the URL or scroll your mouse over links to see where they really lead. But can you tell just by looking at an image of a web site or email message whether it's the real thing? McAfee has a little 10 question quiz to test your web savvy. Bet you don't get all 10 right. We scored a 9 out of 10...

Microsoft's own anti-virus software fails to keep Vista safe

Got Vista? Read on. Just released data from Virus Bulletin shows that in a test of 15 anti-virus packages certified for Windows Vista, four packages fail to identify a test suite of common viruses in current circulation. The four packages receiving failing marks were Microsoft's Live OneCare, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Edition, G DATA AntiVirusKit 2007, and Norman Virus Control. While Microsoft ...