Intel to Offer Free Anti-Virus Software for Android and Apple Smartphones

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Intel is dropping the McAfee brand from its anti virus software in a move possibly motivated by beefing up its own security services brand as by the increasingly eccentric behaviour by McAfee's founder John McAfee.

McAfee founded the anti-virus software firm in 1992, but had left within a couple of years and has long since sold his stake in the firm. In the years since, he has been behaving more eratically, and cites a number of conspiracy theories.

Intel bought the company in 2011 for around USD7.6 billion.

Responding to the news that the McAfee brandname was being dropped, the eccentric billionaire told BBC News that he is "everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet."

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich also announced that Intel plans to offer elements of McAfee's award-winning security solutions for mobile devices for free within the next few months.

"The complexity of keeping digital identities safe grows as mobile applications and devices become a more important part of our daily lives," Krzanich said.

Intel Security will also target the BYOD marker with Intel Device Protection technology, which will help Intel-based Android mobile devices meet most security standards for use at home and work.

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