Microsoft is making big changes to how Windows 10 handles antivirus apps

Geronimo Vena
Agosto 10, 2017

Now, the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm appears to be backing off, having withdrawn the complaint in Europe after further discussion with Microsoft.

Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab has dropped its antitrust complaint against Microsoft after the USA technology giant agreed with demands to give third-party antivirus (AV) software providers more time to prepare for Windows updates.

Company founder Eugene Kaspersky said at the time that Microsoft had removed Kaspersky's antivirus software when customers installed Windows 10 in order to make users adopt Defender, which he derided as an "inferior" product.

Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to almost a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system.

Kaspersky first filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft in its native Russian Federation last November, followed by complaints to the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office in July.

Antivirus firms will also be given more time to review final builds of Windows 10 before upgrades are rolled out, and a lack of time in this respect was also something Kaspersky had complained about.

Indeed, Microsoft admitted that it did at times "temporarily" disable third-party antivirus software to avoid potential problems when upgrading Windows 10.

The Redmond, Washington-based company said it will also allow antivirus providers to issue their own alerts and notifications to customers before and after subscriptions have expired and provide vendors more visibility and certainty around its update release schedules.

These are all laudable changes to make it clearer to the user exactly what's going on with their antivirus solution, and Kaspersky is certainly more than happy with the stance Microsoft has taken here. How many of you use third-party antivirus software? "Instead of providing an initial toast notification that users could ignore, the new notification will persist on the screen until the user either elects to renew the existing solution or chooses to rely on Windows Defender or another solution provider". Now in a new development, the company has announced it would be dropping its complaint in all territories following changes Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update to address their concerns.

We are absolutely satisfied with the changes that will be implemented in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and we will be taking all necessary steps to withdraw our claims and inform all regulatory bodies that we no longer have any matters for Microsoft to address.

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