If you want to know how to turn on ransomware protection in Windows 11, read this post. Microsoft Security, also known as Windows Defender or Windows Security, protects Windows 11 against ransomware that takes control of your files and blocks the ransom. Often, the block remains until a payment is made.

Knowing how to enable ransomware protection in Windows 11 is imperative. Because even if you enable malware and virus protection, if you don’t control access, Windows 11 folders can still be vulnerable to ransomware.

In this post, we will guide you through the necessary steps to protect your Windows 11 from ransomware.

How to protect PC from ransomware in Windows 11

To protect files from ransomware in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy & Security.
  3. Click Windows Security.

4. Click the Open Windows Security button.

  1. Select Virus and threat protection.
  2. Click Manage ransomware protection.

7. Activate the Controlled Folder Access toggle switch.

Note: by default, Windows 11 will protect system folders from ransomware and you can add other directories for Windows Security protection.

  1. Click Protected Folders.
  2. Click the Add a protected folder button.
  3. Choose the folder.

After following the steps above, Windows 11 will control access to the folders listed in ransomware protection.

Tip: you can configure OneDrive to recover your stolen or hijacked files if ransomware infects your device.


Know that Windows 11 can protect files if Microsoft Defender ransomware protection is turned on and folders are registered.

So, follow the steps above and let us know in the comments if you managed to enable real-time ransomware protection in Windows 11.

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