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Office Depot joins Best Buy in Kaspersky ban

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

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.