Windows 10 has a built-in ransomware block, you just need to enable
Windows 10 includes a built-in antivirus system called Windows Defender. It is automatically enabled when you set up a new computer. This provides some protection against malware threats from the wild. Did you know that there is an optional layer that will
protect your files in the event of ransomware? You will need to enable ransomware protection manually in Windows 10.
Or more specifically, a feature called ‘Controlled folder access.’
A big hat-tip to Forbes for pointing this out, because this is not something I was aware existed. You can enable it by typing “Ransomware Protection” in the Windows search bar. Or, you can navigate to Settings > Update and Security, click Virus & Threat Protection, scroll down, and click on Manage ransomware-protection.The default setting for the Controlled folder access toggle on my computers is to “off”. You can turn it on to designate specific folders that trusted apps only have permission to access. Additionally, you can add folders above the ones selected by default. If necessary, you can also grant permission to specific apps to access protected folders.
RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…To resume playback, please close the pop-out player.
Resident Evil Village | PC Gamer Review05/05/21
Persona 5 Strikers | PC Gamer Review11/02/21
PC Gamer Review19/01/21
Crusader Kings III: Best Strategy Game of the…30/12/2
Ransomware ranks as one of the biggest and fastest-growing malware threats, with a massive 62 percent spike in attacks in 2020 compared to the year before, according to data outlined in SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report. Ransomware soared to new heights due to “the effects of a global epidemic, as well as record highs in cryptocurrency prices,” according to the report.
Last year, there were over 304 million ransomware attacks. Not all of them successfully extorted money from victims, but according to Cover, a ransomware remediation service, the average ransomware payment grew to over $220,000 in the fourth quarter of last year.
These are mostly businesses paying ransom to the attackers holding their data hostage. Small businesses are particularly targeted. However,
ransomware facilitators also target individuals.
It works with Windows 10 ransomware protection. The PC
Security Channel on YouTube posted a video several weeks ago showing the mechanism in action. The Controlled Folder Access feature stopped the designated folders from being altered by the “pretty dangerous ransomware” strain. However, non-protected folders were encrypted.
Windows 10 can protect specific folders if you choose. To increase your chances of success, you should back up all important data regularly. Smart computing habits, such as not clicking on unwelcome emails, can also help.
This was something we tried, but it stopped us from running FIFA 21. This is because the default My Documents folder is encrypted. This is not a problem. To make it fast and simple to grant access, click on the “Add an Allowable App” button. You can also remove My Documents (from the protected folders) from your list.