Updating Windows 10, Fall Creators Update, as well as improving the system in general, has added an important feature to block the fearsome Ransomware virus, the famous attack that forces users to pay a ransom in Bitcoin to free their PC ...
As many of you already know, TVs and magazines have been talking about it for months, Ransomware family viruses are a kind of malware that, when logged into a PC, are running and practically blocking (encrypting) all documents, photos, files of text, electronic sheets on the computer of the unlucky turn. The attack is very serious because it makes unused databases while maintaining the operating system active (Windows copies are also deleted, preventing recovery from previous days). Month ago it was amazing, but an entire hospital ended up under blackmail for a Ransomware virus. And the list is very long: entire companies with industrial production, common, energy distribution networks, a real disaster, in short. An authentic global threat that has led to unimaginable troubles and high costs.
Like Windows 10 now blocks a Ransomware virus
The latest, important update of Windows 10, which is being deployed in recent weeks, has included the ransomware lock feature.
In Windows 10 Defragmenter Security Center, after installing Fall Creators Update, you will then see the important feature to block ransomware at the operating system level.
Actually, the operation of the Windows 10 ransomware block is pretty basic: the system immediately blocks ransomware action by not allowing access to folders containing personal documents unless explicitly approved by the user.
To better understand, type Windows Defender Security Center in the Windows 10 Search box, and then click the Shield icon (Virus and Threat Protection) and go to "Virus and Threat Protection Settings", scrolling through the various options you should also view "Accessed Checked Folders".
The new Windows 10 anti-ransomware feature is then activated by clicking on "Protected Folders". By default, Windows 10 protects all system folders (Documents, Images, Video, Music, Video, Desktop, Favorites ...), but you can add other directories to protect.
From now on any attempt to write to those folders will be signaled with an alert message that will appear at the bottom right of the screen. A simple click on the specific alert and if the application (judged by you) is legitimate, it will automatically be added to the list of free programs.
Does Windows 10 anti-ransomware work fine?
The new feature works too well in the sense that it blocks legitimate programs, and sometimes it is not easy to give immediate permission to regular software, other error messages may appear (for example, the program might indicate that it does not find the file to overwrite) .
The control system seems too severe, probably because it tries to "protect" even less experienced users and often has some difficulty in making sure that that program is legitimate to operate in the protected folder.
However, the feature to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ransomware works well and provides good file system file protection, but has some problems with creating the list of legitimate programs. Probably these little mistakes will be corrected with other minor upgrades, however nothing is forbidden to try, maybe you can disable it if you give too much trouble, but security is important!
In case you want to rely on a truly effective program we recommend a MalwareBytes product, its free anti-ransomware is working well and has been tested for almost two years.
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