Upgrade to Windows 10 provides a replacement Windows Defender feature designed to shield your files from ransomware. It is called ‘Controlled Folder Access’ and by default it is disabled. If you want to check it out you will need to enable it yourself. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to secure your files from Ransomware with New Controlled Folder Access for Windows Defender.

Secure your files from Ransomware with New Controlled Folder Access for Windows Defender

To secure your files from Ransomware with New Controlled Folder Access for Windows Defender, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button. Type Windows in the search box and then click the Windows Defender Security Center option as the following image is showing.

As you click the Windows Defender Security Center option, the following screen will appear.

Choose the Virus & threat protection option from the left side of the screen as highlighted in the above image. As you click this option, the following options will appear.

Click the Virus & threat protection settings option as highlighted in the above image. Then the following options will appear.

Now click the Manage Controlled folder access option as highlighted in the above image. As you click the Manage Controlled folder access option, the next appeared screen will be as follows.

Turn on the Controlled folder access toggle button. Then click the Protected folder option as highlighted in the above image. As soon as you click the Protected folder option, the following screen will appear.

As you can see that by default protected folders are system folders. If you want to store some important data, click the Add a protected folder option and choose your folder as highlighted in the above image. After adding a protected folder, click the Back button on the same screen and you will see these options again.

Now click the Allow an app through Controlled folder access option as highlighted in the above image. With this, the following options will display.

Click the Add an allowed app option as highlighted in the above image. Then select an exe file which you want to give access to.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to secure your files from Ransomware with New Controlled Folder Access for Windows Defender.

How to secure your files from Ransomware with New Controlled Folder Access for Windows Defender in Windows 10
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About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

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