Today we are going to show you how to activate Windows 10 ransomware protection. Ransomware is a type of malware that accesses your folders and encrypts them so you cannot re-enter them. Then he asks for an economic ransom in return for returning them, although he usually does not do it even if you pay.
If you have Windows updated to the ‘Fall Creators Update’, one of the novelties is a system to protect against these threats. It does this by preventing the access of suspicious applications to the folders you have decided to protect, although by default the option is disabled. So, today we are going to teach you how to activate it. However, if you want to buy a premium anti-ransomware protection, we suggest to follow the Zonealarm anti ransomware.
Activate Windows anti-ransomware protection
First of all, you have to open Windows Defender settings. To do this, click on the icon show hidden icons on the taskbar (1), which has the shape of an upward arrow. When you do you will see several applications that are in the background, and you must click on the Windows Defender (2) that has the shape of a shield.
You will go directly to the Windows Defender Security Center, the page where you can configure all the features of the native Windows 10 antivirus. Now, in the right column click on the shield icon to enter the section Anti-virus and threat protection.
On this screen, you will see the history of all the exams that you have submitted to your computer, and from it, you can start a new test in search of viruses and threats on your computer. But what matters now is that you click on the option Antivirus configuration and threat protection, because that is where you can activate ransomware protection.
In the protection settings screen, activate the option Control access to the folder. Windows will ask you for permission to access your folders, and when granted, protection will be activated.
Once you have activated the protection, click on the Protected folders button to be able to edit which are the folders you want to protect. Once finished, Windows 10 will block the access of suspicious applications to them, so in theory, ransomware could not enter and encrypt them to ask for a rescue in exchange for returning them.