The conflict between Microsoft and anti-virus software vendors is nothing new. The first information on this subject appeared in November last year. It was then that Eugene Kaspersky described in his blog how Microsoft is discriminating against competing anti-virus software in Windows 10. Of course, it is about favouritism in this way Windows Defender.
Windows 10 just waits for our anti-virus program to get a leg up and will stop providing protection for a moment. If we run out of a licence or virus database for some reason will be outdated, then Windows 10 will immediately propose to enable Windows Defender. However, few people realize that this is related to the exclusion of a previously used anti-virus program that will no longer be able to display any reminder. Also, end-of-license notifications disappeared from the screen pretty quickly. At times, some Windows 10 updates even cause compatibility issues between the operating system and the anti-virus software. Of course, this has resulted in the immediate activation of Windows Defender.
Kaspersky Lab complained to Microsoft to the European Commission and the German Federal Antimonopoly Office.
Previously, a similar request was made to the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of the Russian Federation. Interestingly, it has brought measurable results. Microsoft has relinquished some mechanisms that promote Windows Defender, but it continues to play impure. Eugene Kaspersky thinks so. However, the head of one of the most famous companies dealing with data security is not going to rest on his laurels. What are his accusations?
It starts with the fact that Microsoft’s anti-virus program is integrated with every version of Windows 10 that is intended for home users. You can not remove it for any world treasures. Once, similar allegations were directed at Microsoft for Internet Explorer. Initially, there was an update that asked the user to select a web browser. However, the Redmond giant was forced to release a version of its operating system without this application. However, it is hard to say ho many people have bought this version of Windows 10.
Windows 10 does not trust Kaspersky Lab
Such notification appears when you try to install a competitive antivirus program. In addition, an inexperienced user can easily block the installation of any application from this provider. Next, Windows 10 does not allow notifications to be displayed if an antivirus program has an invalid licence. Eugene Kaspersky points out that such restrictions apply only to anti-virus applications. In addition, they are implemented only in Windows 10.