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Anti-virus software pioneer says he has been poisoned

Anti-virus software pioneer and former US presidential hopeful John McAfee has said he was unconscious for two days after "enemies" tried to kill him.

The man who founded McAfee technology in the late 1980s claimed the rivals had "spiked something" that he consumed and he has now made a threat that they "better be gone".

He spoke of the alleged death plot on Twitter along with two photos of him connected up to tubes and lying on a hospital bed.

McAfee wrote: "I apologise for my three day absence but I was unconscious for two days at the Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina and just woke up.

"My enemies (managed) to spike something that i ingested. However, I am more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine. I am back."

I apologize for my three day absence but I was unconscious for two days at the Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina and just woke up. My enemies maged to spike something that i ingested. However, I am more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine. I am back.

— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018

And for those who did this – You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath. I know exactly who you are. Youh had better be gone. pic.twitter.com/URgz5BtMLF

— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018

He added: "And for those who did this – you will soon understand the true meaning of wrath. I know exactly who you are. You had better be gone."

The 72-year-old British-born tech executive founded McAfee Associates in 1987. He eventually resigned from the company in 1994.

He sold his shares and reportedly made $100m (£75m).

In November 2012, Belize police named McAfee as a "person of interest" in connection with the murder of Gregory Viant Faull, an American ex-pat who was a neighbour of McAfee.

Mr Faull was found dead after being shot. McAfee has denied any involvement in the killing.

McAfee was then arrested in Guatemala by immigration officials for entering the country illegally.

Image: McAfee has denied any involvement in Gregory Viant Faull's murder in Belize

He was detained and then released and deported to the US.

In 2013, McAfee's former island home in Belize burned down under circumstances he told Fox News were "suspicious".

In 2015, he was arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence.

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And a year later, he ran to become the Libertarian Party candidate for the US presidency. He lost the nomination to Gary Johnson.

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