Enable Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10 to protect files and folders

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) has addedd a new Windows Defender feature named “Controlled Folder Access” to fend off Crypto-Ransomware. It can watch over files stored inside specially-designated folders, and block and blacklist unauthorized apps from making changes to them, like encrypting files by ransomware. Here are the tips to set it up on your Surface Pro tablet or computer. Continue reading

Disable Windows Defender Security Center service in Windows 10 Creator Update completely

All clients in our company have been installed the Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 and this 3rd party antivirus/antimalware/firewall integrated product runs well in Windows 10. However, after all computers and tablets are upgraded to Creator Update, the built-in Windows Defender Security Center keeps whining about the network firewall. Due to the 3rd party security software, the Real-time protection of WD is set to off, but Defender service is not allowed to disable. How to permanently remove Windows Defender and Firewall for business. Continue reading

Windows Defender Security Center not showing in taskbar tray on Windows 10 Creators Update

I had installed ESET Internet Security on my Surface Pro 4 tablet and it didn’t work well in Windows 10 Creators Update, so I uninstalled this 3rd party antivirus completely. However, for unknown reason, the built-in Windows Defender Security Center icon is not showing from system tray of taskbar, even I have turned on real time protection. Now I could not right-click it to open its option quickly. Continue reading

Windows Defender Antivirus not scan flash drive in Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows Defender doesn’t scan removable drives by default and you can check the realted option in setting in Windows 8. However, after upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update, I could not find a way to enable the feature. When I plug flash sticks, USB external drives or SD card in my Surface Pro 4, WD doesn’t scan automatically or is not working during Full Scan to prevent malware and potentially unwanted programs. Continue reading

How to run full/offline scan in Windows Defender Security Center on Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows Defender Security Center app has replaced the Windows Defender Antivirus desktop program in Windows 10 Creators Update. It is easy to use it to find out viruses and malware with some files. Open the File Explorer, highlight a file or hold down SHIFT key to select multiple files or folders, right-click or hold and press on it, and choose “Scan with Windows Defender” option from the menu. Continue reading