Kaspersky takes Microsoft to court for removing its antivirus
Kaspersky has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for abusing its dominant position by recommending its “inferior” Windows Defender antivirus.
The Russian company alleges that Microsoft removes third-party antivirus software from PCS when users upgrade to Windows 10, pushing them towards Defender instead.
It has filed an anticompetition lawsuit with the European Union, claiming that Microsoft’s promotion of Defender uses “questionable methods”.
In a scathing blog post ( www.snipca.com/24596) Kaspersky’s boss and founder Eugene Kaspersky lashed out at Microsoft, accusing it of deliberately confusing users by casting doubt on the effectiveness of running third-party antivirus.
He criticised Windows for repeatedly asking users ‘Do you want to run this program?’ when they try to run antivirus software, and for showing the warning ‘You should only run programs that come from publishers you trust’ (see screenshot).
Kaspersky said that these messages make users feel they “are about to commit a wrongful action that violates the default settings from Microsoft”.
He also said it’s unfair that for three days after a user’s antivirus licence expires, Kaspersky can’t use its notification system to encourage them to renew it. He complained that “we’re obliged to use Microsoft’s own notification system – now called ‘Action Center’ – to which many users pay little attention”.
In response Microsoft said: “We are confident that the security features of Windows 10 comply with competition laws”. But that won’t satisfy Eugene Kaspersky, who says it’s “plain as day” that Microsoft deliberately impedes users from making “informed decisions” about which security software to use.
He even claimed that Microsoft’s French support team had told a Kaspersky user that Windows 10 is incompatible with third-party antivirus software.
Kaspersky’s software, highly regarded in the security industry, has won Computeractive’s past eight antivirus group tests. By contrast, Defender often came last, including in our most recent test in January.