If you use Windows 10 you should check your antivirus settings right now


Windows 10 users are being urged to check their antivirus settings following an admission from a Microsoft executive that the firm disables some third party software.

Earlier this week, Microsoft exec Rob Lefferts revealed that Microsoft disabled “some parts” of a a “small number of applications that still needed updating”.

In a blog post, he said that some antivirus software was disabled if it was found to be incompatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The fear is that some users may be unaware their antivirus is incompatible and which may have been disabled after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Mr Lefferts said that around 5 percent all devices running the Windows 10 Creators Update use antivirus software that is not compatible with the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system.

In the post, Mr Lefferts did not name any particular antivirus, instead only referred to it as third party software.

“Microsoft’s application compatibility teams found that roughly 95 per cent of Windows 10 PCs had an antivirus application installed that was already compatible with Windows 10 Creators Update, the post read.

“For the small number of applications that still needed updating, we built a feature just for AV apps that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed”.

“To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began.”

Mr Lefferts said Microsoft’s one antivirus software will kick in when a third party antivirus has expired. However, if it thinks an antivirus software is still protecting users, Windows Defender wills stay off.

“If a customer does allow an antivirus application to expire, Windows Defender Antivirus is automatically turned on so that they are not left unprotected.”

“Only when an AV subscription expires, and the AV application decides to stop providing protection to the customer, will Windows Defender Antivirus begin providing protection.”

While Microsoft’s blog post does not specifically name any third party antivirus software, it comes just two weeks after Kaspersky filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Kaspersky claimed Microsoft disabled third party antivirus in favour of its own Windows Defender antivirus software.

However, Microsoft denied the claims saying: “We are confident that the security features of Windows 10 comply with competition laws. And we will answer any questions regulators may have.”

Via: The Register


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