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Office Depot joins Best Buy in Kaspersky ban Featured

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American office supply retailer Office Depot has become the second big outlet to remove Kaspersky Lab software from its shelves, with a ban coming in the middle of September.

The decision was announced a day after the US Government banned federal agencies from using wares from Kaspersky.

Multinational consumer electronics corporation Best Buy pulled Kaspersky products from its shelves last month and also offered customers assistance if they wanted to remove installed software.

At the time, Office Depot said it planned to offer an in-store service where anyone who had purchased Kaspersky software, even from another store, could have their computers switched over to McAfee ant-virus software for a fee.

The company said it had not determined how much to charge for that service.

Best Buy, which has its headquarters in Richfield, Minnesota, also has outlets in Canada and Mexico. There is no indication whether Kaspersky products were also pulled in these countries.

Moves against Kaspersky Lab in the US have been ramped up since the presidential elections of 2016, after claims that Russia had interfered to influence things in favour of Donald Trump.

Since then, the FBI has been briefing private sector companies and advising them to stop using Kaspersky products.

Comment has been sought from Kaspersky Lab in Australia.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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