McAfee.com Receives U.S. Patent for Delivering Software-as-a-Web Service

Patent Issued for Method and System of Securing, Optimizing and Managing PCs Over the Internet

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — McAfee.com (Nasdaq: MCAF), a leading provider of Web security services, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted McAfee.com U.S. patent #6,266,774 for its technology invention “Method and system for securing, managing or optimizing a personal computer.” The issuance of this patent covers the company’s “software-as-a-service” technology and subscription-based business model for delivering security, maintenance, and optimization services to Internet users worldwide.

“This patent is validation of our leadership role in the emerging web services arena,” said Srivats Sampath, co-inventor and president and CEO, McAfee.com. “As an early pioneer in this area, this patent further reinforces our belief that the future lies in software applications being delivered online as web services to users around the world. This patent also reinforces our first mover advantage by securing our foothold in this space.” United States Patent 6,266,774 for the “Method and system for securing, managing or optimizing a personal computer” was issued on July 24, 2001. The McAfee.com inventors of this patent include Chandrasekar Balasubramaniam, CTO & Vice President of Engineering; Babu Katchapalayam, Director of Engineering; Core Products; and Ravi Kannan, Director of Engineering, Infrastructure Services.

According to the patent, McAfee.com has devised a system and method for automatically delivering and executing security, management, and optimization services to a PC user over the Internet. The patent encompasses the ability to deliver software capabilities encapsulated within markup language (HTML/XML) communications units delivered over a logical Internet connection to a browser which then executes scripts to automatically perform one or more tasks on a computer. Examples of tasks performed by this method include detection and removal of viruses, searching for software and data that needs to be upgraded, upgrade of software and data, archival of software and data and hardware and software diagnostics.

About McAfee.com

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, McAfee.com Corporation, a majority-owned subsidiary of Network Associates (Nasdaq: NETA), is a leading provider of Web security services, redefining how software is developed, delivered and experienced by PC users at home and at work. The company delivers software benefits through an Internet browser, virtually eliminating the need to install, configure and manage the technology on a local PC or network. McAfee.com hosts software application services on its vast technology infrastructure and provides these services to users online through its Web site http://www.mcafee.com. McAfee.com has signed up more than 1,000,000 paid subscribers and regularly has more than 800,000 visitors each day. The company estimates that 30% of its subscriber base is international. For more information, contact McAfee.com at +1-408-992-8100 or visit http://www.mcafee.com .

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