Five Chinese brands were added instead

Select foreign anti-virus software is getting the boot from China as Beijing signs on more Chinese-branded versions instead.

According to People Daily, both U.S.-based Symantec Corp and Russian-based Kaspersky Lab have been taken off of the list of approved anti-virus software vendors in China. 

However, five Chinese anti-virus software brands were added to the list, including Qihoo 360 Technology Co, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin and Rising.

"We are investigating and engaging in conversations with Chinese authorities about this matter," said Kaspersky's Alejandro Arango. "It is too premature to go into any additional details at this time."

This is yet another indication that Beijing is leaning toward the use of local products instead of foreign, mainly due to revelations like that of the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) spy programs, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed last year. 

Prior to this report, Symantec was already dealing with China's ban on its data loss prevention software. The company was speaking with authorities about it just last month. 

But this isn't the only software battle going on in China right now. Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system was banned from the country because China suspects a too-close-for-comfort type of relationship between Microsoft and the United States government. After the 
NSA revelations, that doesn't sit well with China. 

Despite Microsoft's denial of working too closely with the U.S. government, Windows 8 remains banned in China. The ban was reportedly to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system -- still widely used throughout China.

Last week, four Microsoft offices were raided by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China as part of an official investigation.  

However, it looks like the Xbox One will still make its way to China starting September 23.

Source: People Daily

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