McAfee Says Malware Threat Biggest It's Been in Four Years, Puts "Mac Fanboys" on Notice

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Smokin_Gunns1

here we have a corp.trying to sell us avg n anti malware software
tellin us how bad things are gettin

sigh

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John Pombrio

Heh, and I thought my dislike for McAfee was bad. ANY semblance of respect I had for the company went out the window with their constant attempts of piggybacking onto installs of programs such as RoboForm and Java. McAfee is also prominent in the shovelware that comes with a new computer.
These shady tactics alone has me uninstall ALL copies of McAfee wherever I find them. Crappy product.
Fear mongering by McAfee and Norton has reached new heights.

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DogPatch1149

"All combined, McAfee detected the largest number of malware in four years."

Going from zero to one in successful detection IS a big step, after all.

McAfee doesn't need malware around, anyway...they can effectively compromise and destroy systems simply by issuing DAT file updates.

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therestorestore

McAfee - Banned on all my systems since 1999!

McAfee - The only security software worse than Norton!

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don2041

McAfee probably writes all these malware programs in order to get more people to buy their shitty product

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Engelsstaub

Some suit in a McAfee boardroom:

"Windows users have a free solution in MSE and its getting harder and harder to peddle fear to them. Meanwhile Macintosh marketshare is seeing slight increases...let's see if users of that platform will take McAfee more seriously than Win-users never really did."

I wouldn't like those odds if I was in the suit.

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Joe The Plummer

McAfee Says Malware Threat Biggest It's Been in Four Years, because we can't detect and remove any - FIXED Headline.

The worst anti-virus software on the planet. Probably as bad as the free malware anti-virus. We had the corporate version of their software on our desktops and it couldn't detect anything. Constantly had virus' infect our PC's.

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pastorbob

Not sure upon what you are basing your comments concerning "free malware antivirus" software But I use a combination of two such products. I have never been infected since I began using them both on six different systems, seven years ago. Before I switched I used a top rated commercial product and was infected on three different occasions. (Hint - the commercial product was not McAfee but their number one competitor carrying the name of a PC pioneer).

I'll stick with the worthless free products thank you very much.

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Penterax

I'm sure the reference is to number of infections of virus software that tries to sell itself as the cure for your needs by infecting your system, giving you all kinds of headaches, and offering to run a diagnosis for free - then offering to sell you the fix.

I've seen an upsurge of this kind of thing amongst the people who are less technically savvy that have old systems. I suspect it has to do with a certain level of gullibility that helps them get infected to begin with, but also older hardware and operating systems (XP) aren't as well equipped to combat infection.

Apple's computers have been more vulnerable for many years (than PCs), it's simply the fact that most people writing viruses aren't interested in hacking the 5% share (just talking Mac to PC here, not phones and tablets). Smart phones, though, bring a whole new level of popularity and use to interest crooks and those that just like to make life a pain for other people, and it's just natural that iOS and OS X, and Linux in the form of Android, will get more attention in the years to come.

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Engelsstaub

If Wikipedia is to be believed, OS X market share is slightly higher than Vista's.

...but even at your claimed 5% I would think that it would be worthwhile for someone to try to exploit its users with the scareware you're talking about. I mean, "Mac users are so dumb and everything..." one would think the authors of such malware would have a better chance of duping them.

OS X being "more vulnerable" than Windows is somewhat debatable based on a variety of not-so-simple factors. You could say it is just by virtue of the sheer amount of effort MS has had to put into securing Win 7 (an admirable job, IMO.)

Bottom line is "the market share-thing" is some oft-repeated bull that can be simply debunked by this inconvenient fact: Linux has around 60% of server market share. We don't see unix-based servers getting smoked by malware. If the authors of malware were of mind to necessarily target the majority...well, I think I've made my point. Counterpoint?

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pastorbob

Thank you Penterax. I missed the reference entirely.

You are correct about the upsurge of these infections. I have had to remove this type of infection from the computers of acquaintances five times in the past year. In all cases it was very difficult to purge the crap completely. It took two different products, several scans and some manual manipulations to clean the systems.

One interesting note concerning Apple - The first person I ever knew infected by a virus was a co-worker who was a Mac user. It was pre-internet days (1992) and he was infected by a commercial product on floppy that he had bought. Needless to say the company that distributed the infected disks wasn't in business for much longer after that.

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John Pombrio

Psst, Paul, LABOR DAY!

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Caboose

Labour is the correct spelling. ;)

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ddimick

If you ever get a holiday called Labor Day you can spell it any way you please. Unless you're a kiwi, and in that case you already are. :P

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Caboose

The hell are you talking about?

Labour Day is recognised in North America. In case you've forgotten, that includes Canada.

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Paul_Lilly

Clearly McDonald's didn't make my caramel mocha coffee strong enough this morning.

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