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How to uninstall McAfee antivirus, by John McAfee

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Wed Jun 19 2013, 15:05
John McAfee

SECURITY PIONEER John McAfee has poked some fun at the eponymous product that shares his name in a wild Youtube video.

The video is called "How to uninstall McAfee antivirus" and contains drug references, money burning, partially dressed women, and the blogger on the lam himself.

It's just under five minutes long and it is something of a blast. The video is billed as a comedy and commenting is disabled. Perhaps he is worried that the firm that has his name might get in touch with him.

McAfee says that despite having nothing to do with the company for years he still gets asked questions about it.

Chief among these questions is "How do I uninstall McAfee?" McAfee doesn't know.

Billed in the video as an "eccentric millionaire" McAfee does his best to live up to that, and lights a cigarette with a US bill.

He takes kisses from assorted ladies, and reads out a few emails. One of them complains that McAfee has slowed a computer and caused some other problems. This is not the only such email and we are treated to more, and more colourful language.

McAfee's lab technician, a chap called Bartholomew, finally leads us through the tricky process of uninstalling the perennial and hardy software, while the leader stands around with no trousers on.

The lab tech advises us to backup our systems before starting the uninstall. Meanwhile McAfee has a lap dance and makes jokes about bath salts, a drug that it was suggested that he was both taking and producing.

It is hard to know what the point of the video is. McAfee does his best to come across as a strange man and by the end his face is covered with powder and he is ranting incoherently. Ultimately he shoots a laptop and the episode is over.

Do we know how to uninstall the McAfee antivirus software? By the end of that video we couldn't tell you. We can't tell you much about McAfee, either. Well, nothing good anyway. µ


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