Kaspersky drops antivirus antitrust complaints against Microsoft

Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to almost a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system.

Russian security software company Kaspersky Lab has dropped its antitrust complaint against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed with demands to give third-party antivirus (AV) software providers more time to prepare for Windows updates.

Mochola said Microsoft had agreed to give developers like Kaspersky more time to tweak their software in response to Windows 10 updates.

From Kaspersky's perspective they are thrilled with the changes Microsoft is making and they have dropped all of their antitrust cases against the company. That action, Kaspersky said, limited the number of anti-virus offerings on a PC, and urged customers to replace third-party solutions with Windows Defender, among other claims. "We look forward to our continued partnership with the industry", Microsoft said.

Thursday's Kaspersky statement said that the changes being made by Microsoft meant that there would be no switching off of third-party anti-virus solutions due to incompatibility issues.

Antivirus manufacturer Kaspersky Lab withdrew antitrust complaints in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russian Federation and will withdraw similar complaints to the European Commission and to Germany's Federal Cartel Office, the firms announced Thursday. Now in a new development, the company has announced it would be dropping its complaint in all territories following changes Microsoft introduced in the Fall Creators Update to address their concerns. "Microsoft and our security partners share a commitment to keep them safe".

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Microsoft will give AV partners better visibility and certainty around release schedules for feature updates.

"We appreciate the feedback and continued dialogue with our partners and are pleased to have found common ground with Kaspersky Lab on the complaints raised in Russian Federation and Europe", he added.

Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators' Update, the warning will persist until users decide whether to renew their third-party antivirus subscription or stick to the free Windows Defender.

The tech giant said on Tuesday that the updates patch two major security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow a hacker to take control of your computer, create new user accounts and install malicious software. Now, instead of displaying a discreet notification that users could ignore, Windows 10 will display a persistent notification that will stay on your screen until you: renew your existing security solution, opt for Windows Defender, or choose another solution.

Microsoft said the latest update "addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows Search handles objects in memory".

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