mcafee antivirus

February 8, 2017

Open source

Among other companies bought and sold by McAfee is Trusted Information Systems, which developed the Firewall Toolkit, the free software foundation for the commercial Gauntlet Firewall, which was later sold to Secure Computing Corporation.

McAfee, as a result of brief ownership of TIS Labs/NAI Labs/Network Associates Laboratories/McAfee Research, was highly influential in the world of Open Source software, as that organization produced portions of the Linux, FreeBSD, and Darwin operating systems, and developed portions of the BIND name server software and SNMP version 3.

Encryption technologies

McAfee had acquired Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based FSA Corporation, which helped the company diversify its security offerings away from just client-based antivirus software by bringing on board its own network and desktop encryption technologies.

The FSA team also oversaw the creation of a number of other technologies that were leading edge at the time, including firewall, file encryption, and public key infrastructure product lines. While those product lines had their own individual successes including PowerBroker (written by Dean Huxley and Dan Freedman and now sold by BeyondTrust), the growth of antivirus ware always outpaced the growth of the other security product lines. It is fair to say that McAfee remains best known for its anti-virus and anti-spam product lines.


McAfee LiveSafe (software as a service) – protects PCs and mobile devices from viruses and online threats

McAfee All Access – unlimited number of devices

McAfee Total Protection – protect PCs from viruses, spam, and phishing

McAfee Internet Security (Windows, Mac) – anti-virus protection, Wi-Fi protection, parental controls

McAfee AntiVirus – protects PCs against online threats

McAfee Personal Firewall (discontinued) –

McAfee Family Protection (Windows, Mac) – prevent access to age-inappropriate online content

McAfee SiteAdvisor Live – signals when a URL is safe to click

McAfee Mobile Security (Android, iOS) – anti-virus protection, protect lost or stolen devices (lock, locate, remote wipe, remote camera trigger), Wi-Fi security & web protection