Setup locations and whitelisting apps with Controlled folder access in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The malicious programs and threats like ransomware may attempt to manipulate with the system folders and your personal files. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update monitors the apps and offers an extra layer of security to protect those files. Here is the how-to tutorial for that.

By default the Controlled folder access feature is disabled in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You could try the method to enable it manually and setup its realted settings.
* From your desktop, type Windows Defender in the cortana search box or Start menu, and select the “Windows Defender Security Center” from result to open it.
* Click on the Virus & threat protection tab in the left side pane.
* In the right side pane, under the Virus & threat protection settings heading, toggle its switch to on position for enabling the feature.
* There are two options for you to configure that’s required:

Protected folders: It lists all folders that are currently being protected, so any malicious or suspicious app can not access its contents.
The default list includes data folders of your username profile and also public profile. So the Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop folders are protected by default, and you are not allowed to change this location.
But you can click on “Add a protected folder” button to include the additional locations to the list, such as network shared files, external hard drive, and the mapped drives in File Explorer.

Allow an app through Controlled folder access: The function only works when you setup Windows Defender Antivirus as main security software. It lists the whitelisted apps and you can easily manage them. If any trustworthy app runs with Controlled Folder Access error message, you could add this program to the list to resolve the problem.

If you don’t need the feature, just toggle the Controlled folder access switch to the Off position to turn it off.

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