Allow Apps Through Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11

Published: February 19, 2022

Last Modified: February 11, 2023

Allow Apps Through Controlled Folder Access in Windows 11

The security feature protects files from unauthorized access by malware. Microsoft is positioning the new feature as a protection mechanism against ransomware trojans.

This feature requires Windows Defender and active real-time protection. Controlled Folder Access was first introduced in Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and is not part of older versions of the operating system.

System administrators and general users can manage the Controlled Folder Access feature using Group Policy, PowerShell, or the Windows Defender Security Center app .

Controlled folder access

Microsoft describes the managed folder access security feature as follows:

All applications (any executable file, including .exe, .scr, .dll, and others) are evaluated by Windows Defender Antivirus, which determines whether an application is malicious or safe. If an application is found to be malicious or suspicious, it will be prevented from making changes to any files in all protected folders.

This means that the feature uses Windows Defender to identify the process as malicious. If the Windows Defender checks do not recognize the process as malicious or suspicious, access to protected files will be granted.

This feature works differently than other anti-ransomware tools, such as Hitman Pro Kickstart, Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware, or WinPatrolWar. The latter take a more proactive approach when protecting important files and folders.

Step 1: First of all, open the Windows 11 search and typein ” Windows Security. Open Windows Security from the list.
Step 2: On Windows Security, click on the Virusand Threatt protection option.
Step 3: Now scroll down and click on the Manage Settings link under the Virusand Threatt protection Settings.
Step 4: On the next screen, click on the”‘Managecontrolledd folder acces”’ link.
Step 5: On the next screen, click onthe ” Allow an app through controlled folderaccess”s link.
Step 6: Now, you need to click on” Add an allowed ap”) and select the program you want to allow.
     ✅ That’s it! You are done. This is how you can allow an app through Controlled folder access in Windows 11.
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