Windows 10: cannot change CONTROLLED FOLDER ACCESS option in Windows Defender

  1.    14 Feb 2018 #1

    cannot change CONTROLLED FOLDER ACCESS option in Windows Defender


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  2.    14 Feb 2018 #2

    As you have a 3rd party AV installed, Defender's real-time protection is disabled.

    As that is necessary for controlled folder access to work, that's most likely why it's not available.
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       14 Feb 2018 #3

    Dump 10 bit Malware Fighter, poor reviews, use Defender if you want it ticked, it cannot verify as safe another AV.... if you wish to use a separate AV, Bitdefender or Kasperski, both have good free versions.
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  4.    15 Feb 2018 #4

    Dalchina,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I thought Defender could work with IObit Malware Fighter. Aside from my question are you saying that Defender is not active unless I shutdown Malware Fighter?
    Dan
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  5.    15 Feb 2018 #5

    Dencal,
    I haven't read any bad reviews on IObit Malware Fighter, but I'll look into it.
    Thanks,
    Dan
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  6.    15 Feb 2018 #6

    bromberg said: View Post
    Dalchina,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I thought Defender could work with IObit Malware Fighter. Aside from my question are you saying that Defender is not active unless I shutdown Malware Fighter?
    Dan
    If you have an AV that does real time scanning and disables Defender's real time scanning, as I said, my understanding is that will disable the controlled folder access feature.

    However, having looked at Defender on mine (I have Avast installed) the Controlled Folder access option is simply not present. So perhaps what you're seeing is something different. I see:
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    Sorry, I can make no comment about that specific program as I don't use it.

    Same symptom here, but the poster didn't respond finally, unfortunately.
    Controlled folder access is greyed out Solved - Windows 10 Help Forums

    See:
    Controlled Folder Access disabledgreyed out. - Microsoft Community
    - which seems to confirm what I believe.

    Best experiment and uninstall other AV programs if present.
    Make sure it's not disabled by group policy:
    How to enable 'Controlled folder access' on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update | Windows Central

    More if you search as I did using
    "controlled folder access" greyed out
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  7.    15 Feb 2018 #7

    Dalchina:
    When I click on the yellow highlighted portion below (which you don't seem to have) I get a new screen that shows the CONTROLLED FOLDER ACCESS.
    So the question comes down to whether it pays to uninstall Malware Fighter for reap the benefits of the CFA option:



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  8.    15 Feb 2018 #8

    Hazarding a guess, I'd suggest that Malware Fighter's status being unavailable might be significant.
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  9.    16 Feb 2018 #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hazarding a guess, I'd suggest that Malware Fighter's status being unavailable might be significant.
    I suppose, but when my Malware Fighter Pro subscription is over I'll uninstall it and see what happens when Defender is totally on its own.
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