NortonLifeLock/Avast: Constraint Posed by Pre-Installed Antivirus at Heart of CMA Merger Probe 

Published on Mar 17, 2022

Microsoft’s (MSFT) pre-installed Defender antivirus protection is at the center of contrasting European phase I merger review outcomes in the UK, Germany and Spain concerning NortonLifeLock’s (NLOK) proposed $8.1 billion acquisition of rival Avast (AVST).  The “built-in” nature of Defender means “consumers may not actively be choosing to use Microsoft,” which in turn likely overstates […]

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