This way, you can activate the protection against ransomware attacks in Windows 10


If you work with a Windows 10 computer, there is already a secret feature that allows you to prevent cybercriminals from encrypting and seizing your data until you pay to access it again, however, you must activate this feature yourself.

The feature is called (Controlled folder access) as it allows you to protect your files, folders, and data on Windows 10 computer from ransomware attacks, threats, and unauthorized changes by applications and malware, and it is part of the comprehensive protection program (Windows Security) Windows Security Built-in Windows 10 PC.

Although this feature is a logical solution to protect your files and folders on the computer from any kind of malicious intrusions, Microsoft, for an unknown reason, has turned it off by default, and its mechanism of action is to restrict the access of harmful applications to the folders on your computer and change them without your permission, while some Applications such as Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office applications, and Adobe Photoshop are automatically included as safe and friendly.

However, some applications, such as Steam, will not be able to function properly as you will not be able to access certain files, however, there is an option for users to allow specific games and programs to run during the feature.

How to enable ransomware protection in Windows 10

It is very easy to activate this feature to protect against ransomware attacks on Windows 10 computer, and to do so, follow these steps:

In the search box at the bottom left of the screen, type: (Ransomware Protection) and then click on it in the popup that appears.

How to activate Windows 10 ransomware protection

In the window that appears, toggle the button below the Controlled folder access option to the running mode, then press Yes in the pop-up window that appears.

The feature will now protect the default folders automatically, or you can customize which folders you want to protect from ransomware attacks by clicking on the protected folders link and adding the folders you want.

Click the Allow an app through Controlled folder access link below to customize the apps that you want to run as normal.

In the window that appears, click on the option (Add an allowed app).

From the drop-down list that appears, select (Recently blocked apps) or (Browse all apps) to select the apps to be included in the protection list.

Note: If you are running macOS from Apple, you will be relatively safe from ransomware attacks in security, due to the company's focus on including many features that protect your Mac computer from viruses and malware.

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