Kaspersky seeks antitrust investigation of Microsoft2017-06-06 17:16 by Daniela
Tags: Kaspersky, Microsoft
Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Microsoft. The company claims Microsoft is harming third-party antivirus vendors by bundling Windows Defender with Windows 10.
This is Kaspersky's second antitrust complaint against the company. The first was with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) in November last year over the same issue.
"Microsoft uses its dominant position in the computer operating system (OS) market to fiercely promote its own – inferior – security software (Windows Defender) at the expense of users' previously self-chosen security solution," says Eugene Kaspersky, the Russian co-founder of the anti-virus company.
Kaspersky's main issue relates to the removal of Kaspersky AV during Windows updates, and that's the subject of the official complaints.
Kaspersky claims that when Windows 10 is upgraded its software is disabled and Windows Defender is turned on. The reason given during the upgrade is that "it doesn't work on this version of Windows." More confusingly for the user, Kaspersky still appears as installed software on the installed programs list, but most of the files have been removed and it no longer runs.
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