Windows 10 gets Folder Access Option / Ransomware Protection

The new Controlled Folder Access feature in the upcoming OS update will prevent malware and untrusted software from making changes to files.

The new feature will be available in the Windows Defender Security Center, under the Virus & threat protection settings section.

Build 16232 of Windows 10 is currently available to members of the Windows Insider early-access program who are enrolled in the Fast ring. Among the many new features is a new setting in the built-in Windows Defender anti-malware feature that protects a user’s data files from ransomware.

Microsoft added: “You can add additional folders to the list of protected folders, but you cannot alter the default list, which includes folders such as Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop.”

These new features are to be added in The Fall Creators Update and is expected to launch in Septemeber this year, so stay tuned for the latest as the launch approaches.

Here’s how to enable the Controlled folder access feature:

  • Go to Start menu and Open the Windows Defender Security Center
  • Go to the Virus & Threat Protection settings section
  • Set the switch to On

  • Go to Start menu and Open the Windows Defender Security Center
  • Go to the Virus & Threat Protection settings section
  • Click ‘Allow an app through Controlled folder access’ in the Controlled folder access area
  • Click ‘Add an allowed app’ and select the app you want to allow