Kaspersky and Microsoft Settle Antitrust Complaint

Just months ago, Russian-based cyber security company, Kaspersky filed an antitrust complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Services (FAS).  The complaint was centered around the concern of Microsoft using their market share in the PC industry to push end-users to Microsoft’s security program, Windows Defender.  A specific issue sited included Microsoft blocking third-party security vendors from alerting customers before and after their subscription had expired via pop-up messages.  Another concern was the lack of time third-party antivirus (AV) companies had to make necessary product adjustments to remain compliant with Microsoft Windows updates.

Microsoft and Kaspersky Playing Nice?

Today, news broke that Kaspersky dropped their antitrust complaint.  This comes after the security firm and Microsoft have spent much of the last few months working together to address the concerns.  According to Forbes, Microsoft will implement changes, allowing third-party AV companies to send pre-expiration and post-expiration pop-up messages to existing customers.  Microsoft will also expand the time-frame allowed for third party security vendors to make the necessary changes to remain compliant with Microsoft updates.

Thanks to Kaspersky, all third-party security vendors are winning.  Had they not filed the antitrust complaint, it’s likely Microsoft would not have made these changes on their own.

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3 thoughts on “Kaspersky and Microsoft Settle Antitrust Complaint

  1. It appears that most of the time more bandwidth is used for commercial downloads than requested material/data. Not to mention the scrips that run almost constantly.

  2. The question, not addressed, and certainly never discussed here, is the massive amount of “Pop-ups” that consumers have to deal with, simply by using a computer … This is just another massive intrusion, and it certainly isn’t justifiable!

    • @John Wilson:

      I would agree.

      Customers can receive emails from third party vendors of antivirus software.

      It’s much easier to validate the emails than some random pop-up the customer has no control over.

      On that note, most third party antivirus software I have seen clearly shows the expiration date, or when it is expired when you open the client software.

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