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Kaspersky axes antitrust complaints against Microsoft after Windows giant vows to play nice

In Time

We will be free of the CRAPWARE that is called anti-virus.

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Re: In Time

Only when we are free from malware. I don't see that happening in my lifetime.

The only way around it is to require signed binaries, and even that isn't a guarantee (you can still be hacked, but you don't have to worry too much about viruses and worms at least so there's not much of a role for AV software)

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Gimp

Re: In Time

We will be free of the CRAPWARE that is called Windows.

You're Welcome.

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Re: In Time

@DougS "require signed binaries, and even that isn't a guarantee (you can still be hacked, but you don't have to worry too much about viruses and worms"

Unless you're a developer (some has to sign those binaries), or until someone adds a macro language to your favourite app, because of course everyone needs wordprocessor documents that are programs.

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Microsoft still at their usual tricks then

Nothing changed in decades, think this fell into the Extinguish box of their normal Embrace, Extend, Extinguish strategy

Well done Kaspersky for the temporary win on the common sense. Just don't bet on it not happening "accidentally" again with another update in a couple of months time.

Think we all know that MS don't deserve any trust in this regard based on their continuous behaviour like this over many years.

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What's the difference between this and companies selling Notepad replacements?

Does Microsoft's bundling of Notepad kill off all competition of Notepad replacements or do they exist (and sell) because they offer more functionality than Microsoft's offering?

What about games like Solitaire? Has Microsoft killed the 3rd party card games market? Don't think so.

Sounds like someone (mentioning no names) isn't selling much because their product is basically rubbish and they want to blame everyone apart from themselves.

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Anonymous Coward

I don't think you get what the story is about. It's not about blocking sales, it's about windows intentionally preventing other applications from working well, to take their business. Or maybe you would prefer if there were no competing products?

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I think we've seen this before. Wlordperfect ran into this a couple decades ago with Win7 and "undocumented" features of the OS.

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Simple solution

Split up Microsoft, make Defender an individual company that has to interact with Windows in the exact same way ever other AV company has to.

Oh, what? The government tried that in the 90's with Internet Exploder? It didn't work?

Weird.

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Boffin

No, seriously

Friends don't let friends install the hideous bloatware of Norton, Kaspersky etc. that simply open back-doors into the OS kernel with their DLL hacks and FUD marketing 'alerts'

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"Sheer coincidence"

El Reg, your nose is growing.

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Trollface

Get real everyone

MSFT is the only AV supplier than doesn't create profitable demand by having a 'black ops' unit that writes and releases malware into the wild.

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Re: Get real everyone

citation please. I know we've all heard that but there's never been any proof. Yes, I know that Kaspersly became known due to finding viruses that no one else did and the rumors... but never any proof.

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Gimp

Re: Get real everyone

MSFT is the only OS supplier than doesn't create profitable demand and writes and releases malware into the wild.

FTFY, Fanboi.

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Allow Russia??

As much as I don't particularly like Microsoft, I trust them implicitly over a bunch of demonic Russians. That will be the day I allow this country to put anything on my computer, never mind a program with access to everything going in and out.

In this case, it is Microsoft all the way!

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Re: Allow Russia??

I would rather trust a Russian company whose business plan is to find and close exploits, when compared to an American company whose business plan is to release exploitable products due to shitful coding, and placing greater import on bells and whistles instead of security and stability.

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Anonymous Coward

Because everyone should be allowed to apply lipstick to the pig.

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