Microsoft announces Windows 10 antivirus changes following Kaspersky complaint

Microsoft logoMicrosoft has just announced that it would make a series of changes to the way the operating system works with third-party antivirus in the Fall Creators Update, following an antitrust complaint filed by security company Kaspersky in Russia and Europe.

Microsoft is addressing several of the complaints brought forward by Kaspersky, including the limited time antivirus vendors are provided with before the release of new Windows versions in order to address compatibility issues.

Starting with the Fall Creators Update, security vendors will get the chance to look for compatibility issues in advance of each feature update, though specifics as to how much each company will get are yet to be provided.

The company, however, says that it will “increase the amount of time AV partners will have to review final builds before the next Windows 10 feature update is rolled out to customers.”

Microsoft announces Windows 10 antivirus changes following Kaspersky complaint

Kaspersky also complained that once third-party security software approach expiry date, reminders to renew licenses are buried in the operating system and most of the users do not even find pit that they’re close to be left without third-party protection. Once the license expires, Windows Defender is automatically re-enabled, replacing third-party software.

This won’t happen in the Fall Creators Update, with Microsoft saying that each antivirus provider can introduce their own alerts and notifications to renew antivirus products before and after they have expired.

And last but not least, toast notifications will no longer be used to remind of expiring security products, with Microsoft to use a more prominent system in the next Windows 10 version.

“We have modified how Windows will inform users when their antivirus application has expired and is no longer protecting them. Instead of providing an initial toast notification that users could ignore, the new notification will persist on the screen until the user either elects to renew the existing solution or chooses to rely on Windows Defender or another solution provider,” the company says.

A statement from Kaspersky is yet to be released, but expect more comments from the Russian security vendor to be provided shortly.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 10

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