How To Enable Ransomware Protection In Windows 10

The recent Windows 10 Fall Creators update has a new feature of ransomware encryption/Exploit Guard. What it will do is lock down folders and only allow apps that are whitelisted to access files in those folder.

This will prevent malicious apps from changing and modifying files or damaging the system.

Here is how to configure it :

Go to Settings ( shortcut key : Windows key + I) > Update & Security.

Update & Security option in Windows 10

Next, choose Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.

Windows Security options in Windows 10

Scroll to bottom and select Ransomware protection.

Configuring Ransomware protection in Windows 10

There will be two options : Protected folders and Allow an app.

Protected folders settings in Windows 10

Allowing an app through protected folders in Windows 10

By default, system folders are automatically protected. To add a different folder to the list, choose Add a protected folder.

Adding a protected folder in Windows 10

To allow apps to run, choose the second option Allow an app through Controlled folder access. Next, click Add an allowed app.

Whitelisting an app through controlled folder access in Windows 10

The list of allowed apps will be displayed below that. (Some commonly used apps like USB boot disk creator tools that directly read/write to disk may be blocked initially after ransomware protection is enabled. So enable them accordingly.)

All done.

  1. vex 3 says:

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