Windows 10: Controlled Folder Access

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Controlled Folder Access


    I have followed all of the instructions given to enable access to 'Controlled Folder access' but for whatever reason I do not seem to have this option available to me.

    Can anyone throw any light on this for me please.

    Many thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    Hi, perhaps you could post a screenshot showing what's missing/greyed out/where you think you should have this option just so we're clear?

    Meanwhile have you seen
    Change Windows Defender Controlled Folder Access Settings - Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
    esp. #7?

    (Note- your specs don't specify your AV)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    It is a NTFS drive as if it's fat32 it doesn't support it
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    Samuria said: View Post
    It is a NTFS drive as if it's fat32 it doesn't support it
    Thank you for coming in on this Samuria.
    When I click on my 'C' drive and look at Properties it says File System NTFS.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    [QUOTE=dalchina;1201867]Hi, perhaps you could post a screenshot showing what's missing/greyed out/where you think you should have this option just so we're clear?
    Hello dalchina, thank you for offering to help, much appreciated.

    I have managed to sort this problem and I did it by downloading and installing a Windows update that appears to be number 1709 and the option now appears in the appropriate place.
    I am assuming that I will now have some additional security by turning this option to 'On'
    Thanks again
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    Hi, if you had build 1703 (creator's build, 15063) that feature was not available in that build at all.
    I'm sorry we assumed you had the appropriate build. (Note- I specify my Windows build in my specs - see My computer below).

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16232, Controlled folder access is introduced in Windows Defender Antivirus.
    For public release it appeared in the Fall Creator's Build (1709), which is why you now see it.
    Change Windows Defender Controlled Folder Access Settings - Windows 10 Security System Tutorials
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    Thanks again dalchina. I have the automatic updates witched on and so I am now wondering why my 'build' wasn't up-to-date and I ended up having to do it manually.

    Am I correct in thinking that I will benefit from leaving the Controlled Folder Access option switched on?

    Thanks again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    Controlled folder access makes it easier for you to protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware.

    Controlled folder access monitors the changes that apps make to files in certain protected folders. If an app attempts to make a change to these files, and the app is blacklisted by the feature, you’ll get a notification about the attempt. You can complement the protected folders with additional locations, and add the apps that you want to allow access to those folders.

    Allowing apps can be useful if you’re finding a particular app that you know and trust is being blocked by the Controlled folder access feature.

    You can add additional folders to the list of protected folders, but you cannot alter the default list, which includes folders such as Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop. Adding other folders to Controlled folder access can be handy, for example, if you don’t store files in the default Windows libraries or you’ve changed the location of the libraries away from the defaults.

    This tutorial will show you how to change Windows Defender Controlled folder access settings to protect your files and folders from unauthorized changes by unfriendly applications in Windows 10.
    - from that tutorial. I believe if you have a 3rd party AV the function is disabled as it relies on Defender's real time scan.

    Clearly the degree of protection depends on what the app accesses and which folders are protected.

    I have a program which whitelists programs- thus any new (unapproved) program running results in a prompt for approval. That's more comprehensive.

    Whatever level of protection you use within Windows, there's going to be a way bad things can happen. We constantly encourage people to use disk imaging routinely so you have a second chance to recover without technical help. E.g. Macrium Reflect (free).

    ========================
    As to the FCU- major builds are rolled out over 2-3 months with priority given to systems likely to have no issues (at least that's what MS is said to try to do).
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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