Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Kaspersky Lab has filed an anti-trust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft.

Kasperky Lab claims that Microsoft is abusing its "dominant position in the computer operating system (OS) market to fiercely promote its own - inferior - security software (Windows Defender)" at the expense of any third-party security software users have chosen to install. It said that Microsoft had recommended users to replace security products of competitors that had already been installed, with its own product, and even caused hindrances when upgrading, downloading and installing the products of its competitors.

Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission.

Kaspersky said that it made a decision to go to the antitrust authorities after multiple requests to Microsoft were not addressed.

An employee works near screens in the virus lab at the headquarters of Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Labs in Moscow July 29, 2013.

Microsoft reportedly reduced the period for independent developers to adapt their antivirus software to the Windows 10 operating system to just six days, compared with two months for earlier versions.

Furthermore, third party software is allegedly restricted in how it delivers notifications and must instead use the Windows 10 Action Centre, a feature Kaspersky says no one uses. Moreover, while this notification states in bold "We turned on Windows Defender", the fact that your existing security solution was removed is in small, non-bold print... "We want Microsoft to stop misleading and misinforming our - and not only our - users", says Kaspersky in a blog post.

The company's "primary objective is to keep customers protected", Microsoft said in statement. And we want to see users being able to decide for themselves what they want and consider important to them.

"We are confident that the security features of Windows 10 are created in accordance with the competition law, and we are ready to answer any questions from the regulatory bodies", Davydova said.

  • Arturo Norris