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NEW YORK — Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software on Wednesday. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said most consumers don’t need to be alarmed.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cited concerns about possible ties between unnamed Kaspersky officials and the Kremlin and Russian intelligence services. The department also noted that Russian law might compel Kaspersky to assist the government in espionage.
Kaspersky has denied any unethical ties with Russia or any government. It said Thursday that it will continue to get its product to customers “through its website and other prominent retailers.” Kaspersky software is used by consumers in both free and paid versions, available both online and in stores.
To uninstall or not uninstall
The U.S. government action raised the question of whether those users should follow the U.S. government’s lead. Some companies sought to tread carefully, addressing questions from customers who asked about it without alarming those that didn’t.
“We’ve had few customers raise concerns, but for those that…