Starting with Windows 10 build 16232, Controlled folder access is introduced in Windows Defender Antivirus.
Controlled folder access helps you protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. It is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard.
Controlled folder access in Windows Defender Security Center reviews the apps that can make changes to files in protected folders. Occasionally, an app that is safe to use will be identified as harmful. This happens because Microsoft wants to keep you safe and will sometimes err on the side of caution; however, this might interfere with how you normally use your PC. You can add an app to the list of safe or allowed apps to prevent them from being blocked.
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 donâ€™t store files in the default Windows libraries or youâ€™ve changed the location of the libraries away from the defaults.
This tutorial will show you how to add and remove a Turn On or Off Controlled folder access context menu for all users in Windows 10.
The “Turn On or Off Controlled folder access” context menu will be available when you right click on the Desktop. This context menu will make it easy for you to turn on or off Controlled folder access on demand as needed without having to do so through Windows Security.