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Microsoft's admission that it does sometimes switch off rival anti-virus packages during an update came in a blog posting by Rob Lefferts, a partner director of the Windows and Devices group at Microsoft.

Microsoft specified that about 95 percent of Windows 10 PCs were using anti-virus software that was already compatible with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update.

In the recently held 2017 Build Event, Microsoft announced Windows Fall Creators Update.

"We built a feature just for AV apps [pictured above] that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed". "We first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began", explains Lefferts. For those that were non compatible, the company built a feature that lets users update their PCs and then reinstall a new version of the anti-virus software.

Kaspersky cited Windows Defender as the main obstacle for third-party security vendors in its complaint, filed in Europe. The company was told to rectify what FAS called the complicated procedures that were needed to update third-party anti-virus software. It is expected to arrive with a wide array of features and improvements to enhance the overall user experience of Windows 10.

This is the second such complaint the security vendor has filed against Microsoft, the first one filed in Russian Federation last November.

More to the point, Microsoft believes that the work its done on security in Windows 10 is about ensuring that customers are safe, and that no design decisions were made to harm competitors.

Microsoft had previously been fined €497m in 2004, for anti-competitive behaviour that involved bundling Windows Media Player into the operating system, thereby restricting competition for rival media player software. The company works with "over 80 independent software vendors through the Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) program" to coordinate Windows 10 releases.

"Once a customer has installed an active and up to date antivirus program, it will run without notifications or interference from Windows", Lefferts wrote, before going on to promote Redmond's own Windows Defender product.

Microsoft supports a rich ecosystem of security partners, each attacking malware and ransomware with diverse perspectives, and continues to work with security partners to support that.

Windows Defender turns on when installed antimalware solutions have expired, he added.

One of the key complaints is that Windows 10 uninstalls Kaspersky antivirus without the consent of users and enables the built-in Windows Defender. Kaspersky Lab likely will offer the familiar argument at the European Commission that Microsoft is using its Windows monopoly to compete unfairly in the software security market. Microsoft addressed that concern (and others) in a blog post detailing its partnership with third-party AV makers and how they are collectively working to protect Windows 10 customers.

He admitted that Microsoft Support does advise Windows 10 customers to uninstall antimalware solutions and reinstall them to resolve some issues - a practice that Kaspersky Lab had complained about.

  • Arturo Norris