Ransomware is a new type of threat to your Windows 10 system, known for extorting money and locking data and files. It is a kind of blackmail where you are forced to pay money to access your data. The money raised by the attackers is used for illegal online activities. However, you can stay protected from these threats by activating the Protection against ransomware Windows Defender features. Let's see how to enable ransomware protection features in Windows Defender.
How to enable ransomware protection in Windows Defender
Step 1: Go to Home menu and write Windows Security in the Windows search bar.
Step 2: Left click on the result to open the file Windows Security configuration window.
Step 3: A Windows Security window, go to the left side of the panel and click Virus and threat protection.
4 phase: Now go to the right side of the window, scroll down and under Protection against ransomwareclick your Manage ransomware protection.
Step 5: In the next window, go to Controlled access to folders section and turn it on.
Step 6: You will now see two more options below the file Controlled access to folders option - Protected folders and allow an application through controlled access to the folder.
Click on Protected folders option. It helps you to manage the folders that will be protected now.
Step 7: In the next window, you can click Add a secure folder To add more folders, however, you may not be able to remove any folders from the list.
Now, when someone tries to gain unauthorized access to your folders and tries to edit the content, the attempt will be blocked. You will then see a pop-up window with the message "Unauthorized changes blocked".
That's all. You have successfully enabled the ransomware protection feature in Windows Defender and your folders and data are now protected.