Kaspersky files frivolous complaint against Microsoft for disabling its anti-virus software

The Verge

Source: The Verge

“Kaspersky Lab has filed antitrust complaints in Europe against Microsoft. Kaspersky first filed a complaint against Microsoft with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), claiming that Microsoft is using its dominant position with Windows to push its own anti-virus software over competitor products with Windows 10. While Microsoft has made some product changes since the initial complaint, Kaspersky isn’t happy these are enough and has filed complaints with the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office recently. ‘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,’ says Eugene Kaspersky, the Russian co-founder of the anti-virus company. Kaspersky claims Microsoft has been removing its software when users upgrade to Windows 10, and enabling its own Windows Defender solution.” [editor’s note: If customers prefer Kaspersky’s product, they’ll figure out how to run it on Windows or they’ll abandon Windows. Trying to get the state to force that is effectively saying that your product is inferior – TLK] (06/06/17)