Let's not sugarcoat things, the McAfee brand isn't one that's well respected among enthusiasts, and it surely didn't help matters that its founder, John McAfee, had quite the adventure the past couple of years, one which started with him being wanted for questioning in a murder investigation in Belize to Mr. McAfee saying he played the "crazy card" in Guatemala to escape capture as part of a conspiracy by the Belize government. Suffice to say, we're not the least bit surprised Intel has decided to phase out the McAfee brand, we just wonder why it took so long.
McAfee will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and its employees will collaborate side-by-side with Intel employees currently working on security activities under the new brand name, Intel Security, the Sunnyvale chip maker stated in an email.
Intel announced plans to acquire McAfee for $7.68 billion in August 2010 and then finalized the deal in March 2011. The McAfee brand remained in place but will soon become a footnote in the history of antivirus protection. Intel says the transition could take up to a year before it's complete.
In the meantime, if you need help uninstalling McAfee, here's a bizarre (and NSFW) how-to from the founder himself.