Microsoft has come ahead and admitted that it does, at instances, disable third-party antivirus packages in Home windows 10, following a barrage of complaints from Kaspersky on precisely this matter.
It was final autumn that the safety firm first started complaining about Microsoft partaking in anti-competitive practices to muscle out third-party antivirus options, with Kaspersky particularly noting that when customers improve Home windows 10, ‘incompatible’ antivirus software program may be deactivated in favour of Microsoft’s personal Home windows Defender.
This month, Kaspersky has even gone so far as submitting an anti-trust criticism towards Microsoft in Europe.
Whereas not addressing this particular situation or Kaspersky immediately, because the BBC noticed, Microsoft has made a weblog put up explaining that in a small share of instances, third-party antivirus software program may be briefly disabled in Home windows 10.
Microsoft noticed that antivirus software program is commonly deeply entwined within the guts of the OS, and if it isn’t made absolutely suitable with a brand new replace to Home windows 10, this may trigger points.
Usually, antivirus apps are absolutely suitable – Microsoft notes that 95% of all Home windows 10 machines with a third-party antivirus had been high quality within the compatibility stakes when it got here to the final main improve (the Creators Replace).
However for the small variety of apps which weren’t, Microsoft wanted to take motion, and says it in-built a characteristic to immediate customers to put in a brand new (suitable) model of their antivirus post-update.
Microsoft explains: “To do that, we first briefly disabled some components of the AV software program when the replace started. We did this work in partnership with the AV companion to specify which variations of their software program are suitable and the place to direct clients after updating.”
So there you’ve gotten it – a Home windows 10 improve can doubtlessly result in an antivirus being disabled, albeit on a ‘non permanent’ foundation. Which doesn’t sound unreasonable on the face of it, though Kaspersky’s arguments towards Microsoft’s practices run fairly deep.
The safety agency believes central drawback is the truth that antivirus distributors aren’t given almost sufficient time to make sure compatibility of their software program with a contemporary improve of Home windows 10 – and naturally these main updates at the moment are coming twice per yr.
And Kaspersky has additional accused Microsoft of varied bits of trickery to attempt to get folks to make use of Home windows Defender quite than one other safety resolution, as we mentioned final yr.
It’s a messy situation, for positive, and it’ll be fascinating to see Kaspersky’s response to Microsoft’s clarification right here.