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John McAfee: Outlaw or Hero?

May 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Phin Upham

It was November of 2012 when most people got their most recent glimpse of John McAfee, the elusive and eccentric mind behind McAfee antivirus. That’s when Belizean authorities announced that they had sought him for questions in relation to a murder case.

Holed up in his private estate in Belize, McAfee became withdrawn to say the least. He hoarded ammunition, fake passports and piles of drugs. He disappeared almost entirely for a period, sparking an International hunt for the man to answer to justice, but he was eventually cleared of all suspicion.

McAfee left his own company two years after it went public in 1992. They incorporated in Delaware, despite being headquartered in Santa Clara, California. His company went on to change its name to Network Associates before it was purchased entirely by Intel in August of 2010. McAfee is said to be pleased that his name is no longer associated with the product, and has even released a self-deprecating video called “How to Uninstall McAfee Antivirus.” In the video, McAfee is seen snorting a white powder, and surrounded by many beautiful women, further perpetuating the stereotypes that surround him.

McAfee is a technophile who has expressed a disdain for technology, but contradictions are the norm for him. He is frequently concerned with government surveillance, and most of the technology he has conceived since his days with McAfee reflects this attitude.

McAfee currently lives in Portland with his girlfriend, where he is attempting to get the movie rights of his life sold and produced. Perhaps we may get a closer look at McAfee’s version of the truth.


Phin Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Twitter page.

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