Microsoft has been in hot water before over its practice of bundling software with Windows to the detriment of other software companies By the time the browser wars were done in the courts Internet Explorer had crushed the competition although that situation is changed – to the degree where a meme exists about Edge being the browser most used for downloading Chrome. However, in a recent blog post, Eugene Kaspersky has launched proceedings with both the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office.
Kasperksy’s blog post outlines how Microsoft uses their position to not only insert their software ahead of Kaspersky and other vendors but also how they use UAC to discourage the installation of competing applications.
One of the issues Kaspersky notes is the nature of the warnings Microsoft issues only apply to some applications – namely those that Microsoft competes with.
The blog post is worth reading and it will be interesting to see what comes from this and whether Kaspersky can encourage other end-point security companies to join his cause.
On my Windows computers, I use Defender because it’s already there and I don’t need to do anything extra. Which I guess proves Kaspersky’s point. What about you? Are you using Defender? What’s your preferred end-point security software?