Add or Remove Protected Folders for Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11 – Windows Blog by Brink

Add or Remove Protected Folders for Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is an antivirus software that is included in Windows 11 and can help protect your device from viruses, malware, and other threats.

Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. In a ransomware attack, your files can get encrypted and held hostage.

Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. With controlled folder access in place, a notification appears on the computer where an app attempted to make changes to a file in a protected folder.

Controlled folder access works by only allowing trusted apps to access protected folders. Protected folders are specified when controlled folder access is configured. Typically, commonly used folders, such as those used for documents, pictures, downloads, and so on, are included in the list of controlled folders.

Windows system folders are protected by default, along with several other folders:

  • C:\Users\<username>\Documents
  • C:\Users\Public\Documents
  • C:\Users\<username>\Pictures
  • C:\Users\Public\Pictures
  • C:\Users\Public\Videos
  • C:\Users\<username>\Videos
  • C:\Users\<username>\Music
  • C:\Users\Public\Music
  • C:\Users\<username>\Favorites

You can add other folders to be protected, but you cannot remove the default folders above in the default list. You can specify folders, drives, network shares, and mapped drives. Environment variables and wildcards are supported.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove protected folders for Controlled Folder Access in Microsoft Defender Antivirus in Windows 11.

Read more…