The Russian antitrust authority has opened an investigation into Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominance in the antivirus software market on Thursday. Violation of Part 1 Article 10 of the Federal Law ‘On Protection of Competition’ [PDF], which forbids companies occupying dominant positions in the market from appealing in activities that result or can result in “preventing, restricting, eliminating competition” and/or “infringing the interests of other persons (economic entities) in business activities or consumers at large” is been investigated by the FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service).
The Moscow-based cyber security company Kaspersky Labs has lodged a complaint with the FAS after trying to resolve the issue directly with Microsoft for months. Kaspersky claims Microsoft has suggestively abridged the period for independent developers to familiarize their antivirus software for the Windows 10 operating system to just six days, while compared with two months for earlier versions. With Microsoft’s Windows Defender system take over by default and disable the antivirus software while users upgrading to the latest operating system is also a concern for the antivirus company. In case Microsoft has a competing offering available in the same genre other user-installed apps are also being disabled mentioned Kaspersky in a blog post.