Kaspersky files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe over Windows Defender
Updated June 6, 2017: Updated with a statement from Microsoft on the matter.
Original Story: Kaspersky Lab has moved to file an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe over what it sees as unfair practices to promote Windows Defender over competing products in Windows 10. In a blog post (opens in new tab), co-founder of the Russian firm, Eugene Kaspersky, lays out several complaints that, he says, highlight "questionable tactics" on Microsoft's part to give its own antivirus solution an unfair advantage (via The Verge).
Kaspersky's complaints include accusations that Microsoft removes its software from users' PCs when they upgrade to Windows 10, turning to Windows Defender in its place. The stated reason is compatibility issues, but Kaspersky claims Microsoft doesn't afford third-party antivirus developers enough time with an update's RTM release to update their software ahead of a broad rollout.
In its complaint, Kaspersky says it is seeking to stop Microsoft from "misleading and misinforming" users in order to keep security software "on a level playing field" on the Windows Platform.
For its part, a Microsoft spokesperson reached out to Windows Central with the following statement:
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If we went by trustworthy based on nationality we should only use software from Nordic countries or Switzerland.
"Ummmm no? That is like the number one thing you should focus on when developing software. Security. Without security of the software then there is not much point to the software is there?"
Number 1, yes. But 100%? No. So we're in agreement.
"Why would you not want a free anti-virus? And how are you paying for Defender? The upgrade to Windows 10 was free. And Defender has been then since Windows 7 (in a different form, I believe it was called Security Essentials and has always been free)."
Take things in context. I'm replying to a comment. I said I'm ok with Microsoft not putting in 100% in Defender because I'm fine with Defender. It's enough for all-purpose. If you want more, you can get more. Seriously, what are are we in disagreement with? Or were you simply taking my comment on its own and not in light of who I was replying to?
Before the case, Netscape was the popular browser and came bundled from many ISP's. Then Navigator became so bloated people had no choice but to switch to IE. Now, back to the car. What Microsoft is forced to do now, is cover the basic OEM stereo with a large warning and provide the tools to remove it. Not fair if you ask me.
As for Kaspersky's claim, they've been around long enough to know what just about every other developer around the world knows, and that Microsoft provides them the OS before it's released so developers can be ready and make a buck. All these companies trying to put their hand in Microsofts pockets to become successful is getting old.
Grow up cry-babies ,this isn't netscape era.
Hahaha at least these guys have a sense of humour.
Thanks for the laugh.
So I can see where Kaspersky is coming from. But dude its not a big deal, everyone knows Defender sucks and all retailers push your products without even mentioning that Defender is a thing to their customers. Just update your software, RTM isn't the only prerelease version of Windows they release.
I have only Defender (and Security Essentials) since W7 days almost 10 years ago and just never had any virus.
I do not believe one bit that people would get a virus with Defender they would not with a 3rd party, that is just bull... Defender is perfect and honestly, I am not aware of anyone around me catching a virus on their Windows machine that update automatically and are up-to-date, with Defender im the background.
Indeed, I do not understand how 3rd party antivirus is still a thing these days...
Scan a PC with Windows Defender and have it clean up whatever it finds. Now, have Kaspersky scan that same computer. Kaspersky is going to find infections that Windows Defender didn't find. And in some cases, find infections that Defender supposedly "cleaned up".
>there is reasons why the vast majority of people NEVER had any virus or malware since years
Boy I wish that were true.
Or on second thought, I don't. Because then I'd be out of a job lmao
You underestimate how gullible people are.
>I have zero sympathy for..
yeah I do too thats why I charge them what I charge. But thats not what this is about.