Monitored folder access on Windows 10 – enable protection against ransomware

One of the innovations of Windows 10 version 1809 is the

Monitored folder access

which has been incorporated into the Windows Defender or the Windows 10 security software “Windows Security” . By monitoring special folders and apps, the Windows 10 security app tries to prevent encryption attempts by infected Windows PCs with ransomware . Windows 10 continuously monitors the specified directories for changes in the background and responds accordingly when ransomware starts encrypting files or folders .

Activate and set up monitored folder access

First you call the program

Windows security

on what your next window appears.

Windows Security Virus and threat protection

To get to the settings of the monitored folder access , you have to call the following option.

Windows Security Virus and threat protection

The display then changes as follows.

Manage Ramsonware protection

Here you will find the area

Ransomware protection

and you can use the ” Manage ransomware protection ” link to make all the necessary settings for folder monitoring .

Ramsonware protection Monitored folder access

Here you see the point in the middle of the possible options

Monitored folder access

Microsoft explains this as follows.

Protect files, folders, and storage areas on your device from unauthorized changes by malicious applications.

Here is the slide switch for the monitored folder access


deliver. Below you will find the settings for

Protected folders


Allow apps through monitored folder access

In the ” Protected Folders ” area you can see which directories are integrated in the ransomware monitoring .

Protected folders

The standard folders that Windows security protects against ransomware include the Windows system folder and many areas of the user profile folder, where the user usually stores his local data.

If you want to include additional folders in the monitoring , you can do this using the following option.

Add protected folder

To do this, you simply have to add the desired folder to the list. Then it is automatically monitored by Windows security.

Allow apps for watched folder access

Allow app by monitored folder access

In the area

Allow app by monitored folder access

you can share one or more trusted apps that were blocked by monitored folder access . You can release the apps to be released via the following link.

Add allowed app

All apps that you unlock here can make changes to the protected folder. Apps that are classified by Microsoft as harmless, however, are always permitted and do not need to be explicitly activated.

If you use this function of monitored folder access , your PC has an extended ransomware protection . It is not and will not be 100% protection, but it is definitely a good tool to increase Windows security. Nevertheless, this function in no way spares the regular data backup , which should definitely be carried out.

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– Manage, edit or delete
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