Antivirus Wars: Kaspersky Slams Microsoft For Anticompetitive Practices, Bundling Defender With Windows 10

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#Windows10 #KasperskyAntivirus Wars: Kaspersky Slams Microsoft For Anticompetitive Practices, Bundling Defender With Windows 10 : It’s a case of David versus Goliath in the software industry, or at least that’s what the founder of Kaspersky Lab would like to have you think.

The security company is facing off with Microsoft, obviously the giant in this battle for dominance in the antivirus sector.

Eugene Kaspersky, the developer behind the popular Kaspersky antivirus software, has lodged a complaint in Russia, and soon the European Union, against Microsoft over allegations of anticompetitive behavior.

Windows Defender Bundled With Windows 10

Kaspersky is criticizing the way Microsoft has been bundling its own brand of antivirus software – the Windows Defender – with the Windows 10 upgrade.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has come under attack for its aggressive way of peddling its software. Reminders for customers to switch to Windows 10 was constantly pushed out via pesky, sometimes deceptive, notifications.

In the case of the Windows Defender, it wasn’t simply a notice to upgrade.

Upon actual installation of Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system, the Windows 10, into one’s computer, the new OS scans for the presence of third-party anti-malware tools – like the Kaspersky antivirus – and deactivates them.

“When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any warning deactivates all ‘incompatible’ security software and, in its place, installs – you guessed it – its own Defender antivirus,” Kaspersky argues in his ominously titled blog post, “That’s It. I’ve Had Enough!”

The bundling together of Microsoft’s OS with a built-in antivirus is genius for those who no longer want to shop around for a different brand of anti-malware. But for others well acquainted with the best protective software on the market, the move somehow leaves device owners with very little choice for their antivirus.

“Microsoft elegantly seizes niche markets by squeezing out independent developers and offering users its own products, which are in no way better,” Kaspersky notes.

‘Incompatible’ Security Software

That’s not all there is to Kaspersky’s gripe against Microsoft’s domineering ways. Independent developers were also said to have been given only one week to create software suitable to the new iteration of the OS.

“Even if [the] software did manage to be compatible according to the initial check before the upgrade, weird things tended to happen,” says Kaspersky, “and Defender would still take over.”

Instead, he wants Microsoft to give independent developers ample time to create bug fixes, and not simply one week to rush things. Source: Techtimes


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