Alert for McAfee users - manual update problems on Windows Vista
This article came to my attention via Harry Waldron's blog:
"...when McAfee's manual update procedure was run it failed to apply the update to the product, despite both on-screen messages and logs stating that the product had been updated successfully. This behaviour was reproducible throughout the review period and has continued to be the case in several subsequent retests."
The article goes on to say that " 'Users with more standard update methods would apparently not have had the same issue we did,' continued Hawes. 'The problem we had can be put down not to an inability by McAfee to keep up with the latest malware, but rather to a failure to properly integrate all aspects of the product into the new Vista operating system, and most importantly the new security controls. Vista caused trouble for a lot of products and this, though seemingly a minor issue, had a major effect on the protection provided by McAfee's product.' "
I didn't think it was possible for my opinion of McAfee to get worse but it has. Being able to trust our protective software to give us an accurate report of our update status is a trust that cannot, and must not, be betrayed. What little faith I had in McAfee has now fallen to an all-time low.
My previous commentary on McAfee problems can be found here: