Ransomware is undoubtedly the most malicious malware out there. Unlike normal viruses, this malware runs silently in the background, encrypting your data so you can lock your files and request ransom. Big companies have paid millions to hackers in the hope of recovering their encrypted files. Fortunately, Microsoft has integrated Ransomware Protection into Windows 10.
Turn on Ransom Protection on Windows 10
Launch the application security of Windows typing Defender in the search bar of Windows. Then, click the Virus & threat protection tab, and then scroll down until you find the Ransomware protection section.
Click Manage ransomware protection
You may have noticed that Ransomware Protection is already enabled, which is great. If not, turn the switch to On as you can see in the picture below.
Which folders are protected with Windows 10 Ransomware Protection
Only Windows system folders are protected by default. If you click the Protected folders link in the Ransomware protection section, you will notice that only the main folders in the user profiles are protected. These include the folders desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos and Favorites. But you can add additional folders by clicking the Add Protected Folder button.
Navigate to the folder you want to include in Ransomware protection, and then click Select Folder. This site will now be included in Ransomware Protection on Windows 10.
Tips to Protect You from Ransomware Attacks
The best defense against ANY malware is of course not to get infected. Using standard security measures can minimize the chance of you running malware that encrypts your data. Here are some general computer security tips:
- Don't click on a link in the emails you didn't expect.
- Similarly, do not open attachments in emails.
- Be wary of links within social media.
- Do not visit file sharing or other suspicious websites.
- Keep your web browsers and Windows antivirus up to date.
What to do if your computer is infected with Ransomware
Unfortunately, the moment you realize that there is ransomware on computer you, it may already be too late. Try performing a virus scan to remove the infection and remove the computer from network your. In many cases you will not be able to recover the files. Your only option would be to wipe and restore Windows 10 from a known good source, such as the Media Creation tool offered by Microsoft.
Although you may be tempted to pay hackers, please remember that doing so does not guarantee that you will receive your files. Your best defense would be to back up your data.
You can find more information about Ransomware Protection at Microsoft website.
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