MEXC Research:Father of Antivirus Software, McAfee’s Cryptocurrency Journey

3 min readJun 25, 2021

According to BBC, John McAfee, the founder of McAfee, was found dead of suspected suicide in jail in Spain on June 23.

John McAfee is the founder of the world’s first commercial antivirus software McAfee and is known as the father of antivirus software. In addition, he was a US presidential candidate twice and a fan of cryptocurrency.

“I predict that by the end of 2020 the Bitcoin will reach at least $500,000 USD.”

In 2017, McAfee once proclaimed about the prospect of Bitcoin reaching $500,000 USD and later revised his target price to $1 million USD. Unfortunately, McAfee no longer has a chance to see Bitcoin reach $500,000 USD.

In December 2017, just as Bitcoins rose to $16,600 USD at the end of the last bull run, John McAfee tweeted that those in the old school believe it was a bubble, but in reality, they just didn’t understand blockchain.

However, only a month later, John McAfee’s view was countered by a sharp downturn in the crypto market when the arrival of a bear market decimated the crypto prices.

In 2018, the Bithemoth trading platform released a list of the Top 5 Cryptocurrency Celebrities. John McAfee topped the celebrity list as his tweets were very influential and entertaining, while the other four were Satoshi Nakamoto, Vitalik, Zhao Changpeng and Roger Ver.

In 2020, John McAfee was charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to disclose his fee-based promotion of ICO-related projects, and was arrested in October at Barcelona’s El Prat airport for tax evasion. He was held in a local prison by decree of the Spanish National Court and has since been in jail in Spain.

McAfee has been close to cryptocurrencies for many years, and on May 25, he claimed that cryptocurrencies were the last hope for our financial independence.

John McAfee has personally participated in and supported many projects with the privacy-based project Ghost that attracted interest. Ghost is a decentralized ecosystem that focuses on privacy and ensures anonymity when conducting online transactions through Proof of Stake.

Although his prediction of BTC being worth $1 million USD did not materialize even after his death, Ghost’s currency soared. According to MEXC’s data, the crypto rose more than 220% from 0.31 USDT to a maximum of 1.0 USDT in 24 hours.

(GHOST is listed on MEXC, Source: MEXC)

Overview of McAfee-related Projects (Based predominantly on his participation and support; Data from June 25 taken from CoinGecko)




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