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Microsoft Dodges Antitrust Threat With Windows 10 Antivirus Tweaks

10 August 2017, 04:39 | Jodi Jackson

Microsoft admitted in late June that Windows 10 prompts to install a new version of anti-virus from third parties like Kaspersky after an update, but it disables the old version if it's not compatible.

After filing a 2016 complaint against Microsoft with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly service, Kaspersky filed a similar complaint with Europe's regulators in June.

All changes will be applied to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and Mochola said that his company is so elated that it's withdrawing its official complaint against Microsoft.

"We see clearly - and are ready to prove - that Microsoft uses its dominant position in the computer operating system (OS) market to fiercely promote its own - inferior - security software (Windows Defender) at the expense of users' previously self-chosen security solution", Kaspersky Lab founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky wrote in a blog post yesterday.

Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it would withdraw antitrust complaints made in Europe against Microsoft after the USA technology giant agreed to change how it delivers security updates to Windows users.

One of the problems, according to Kaspersky, was that Microsoft didn't provide enough preparation time before Windows updates to ensure Kaspersky (as well as other AV firms) could make its software play nicely with the Windows 10 update.

If an anti-virus application's license expires, instead of showing a toast notification that may be ignored by the user, a new persistent notification will be visible on the screen that will remain until the user decides to renew their license or choose to transition to Windows Defender or another third-party solution.

"We will give [antivirus] partners better visibility and certainty around release schedules for feature updates". Microsoft is also changing the way Windows 10 informs users when an antivirus application has expired.

"The company is satisfied with the proposed approach by Microsoft to address the warnings issued by the FAS, and its implementation roadmap", a spokesperson said. This includes increasing the amount of time AV partners will have to review final builds before the next Windows 10 feature update is rolled out to customers, which should address the same issue.

"Kaspersky Lab and Microsoft have had a long history of cooperation in combatting cybersecurity threats across the world, and over the past months the companies conducted fruitful discussions about how antivirus services should operate in the Windows ecosystem to help ensure a safe environment for Windows users", Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.

"Kaspersky Lab confirms that all of its concerns regarding the unfair competition law, raised with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russian Federation, have been addressed", the company said in an emailed statement.

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