The Russian billionaire behind the well-known antivirus company, Eugene Kaspersky, has criticized Microsoft regarding the way Windows 10 treats third-party security software. He voiced his criticism in a blog post titled “That’s it. I’ve Had Enough!”
Kaspersky complains about how Microsoft’s decision to bundle Defender with Windows 10 is outright anticompetitive. The company is directly acting against the interest of third-party developers by creating various obstacles which their products have to overcome. He has also decided to act on his stance by filing a complaint with competition authorities in the European Union as well as in Russia. In the complaint, he asks that Microsoft be stopped from conducting its anticompetitive practice.
His complaint mainly targets the fact that Microsoft has decided to preinstall an anti-malware software known as Defender on all computers with Windows 10. This is meant to assure a basic security level for all computers without any need to install third-party products.
Normally, since the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft built-in software will be automatically disabled when the OS detects the installation of a third-party product which is up-to-date. Only when it expires, will Microsoft’s Defender automatically enables itself.
However, Kaspersky points out several specific Windows 10 actions that deviate from the established behavior presented by Microsoft. First, he reveals that when upgrading to Windows 10, the OS is able to detect specific unsupported antivirus software which is then uninstalled as part of the process. This can’t be avoided even if users specifically select to keep the software.
Additionally, Microsoft doesn’t provide enough time for third-party developers to develop compatible software with the versions of the OS. Its major updates were released only a few days after the build hit the Insider Preview Program.
Second, Kaspersky asks Microsoft to change its behavior when installing or upgrading. The OS need more transparency in what programs will actually be kept or removed. He also wants Windows to provide recommendations for compatible third-party software.
Finally, he also criticizes how Windows automatically enables Defender. Users receive a notification to enable Defender despite an up-to-date third-party product is already installed. Doing so will lead to the removal of the other software with similar functions.
It’s unlikely that any of his complaints will lead to concrete results even if the regulators decide to act.
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