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Enable Anti-Ransomware Feature in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Posted in How-to Guides, and Windows

A new type of ransomware named Bad Rabbit has emerged and is currently spreading across Europe.  In light of this, it’s understandable that users would want to take efforts to protect themselves from being infected (as let’s face it, a machine compromised with ransomware will need to be formatted and re-installed).

Windows 10 users have the option of enabling a hidden security feature which prevents ‘unfriendly’ applications (and most known strains of ransomware) from modifying files within protected folders and I will show you how to enable it.

In case you aren’t aware, ransomware is a strain of malware that encrypts system files as well as your personal files and ‘holds them ransom’ by demanding payment for decryption.  Needless to say, should you be foolish/desperate enough to actually pay the money there’s absolutely no guarantee that you will receive the decryption key.

By enabling Controlled Folder Access, the malware will be blocked from making changes within known locations, it’s a nifty feature that is turned off by default but can easily be enabled.

Prerequisites:

Ensure Windows 10 is updated with the latest Fall Creators update (1709).

Ensure Windows Defender Security Center real-time protection is enabled – unfortunately, the Controlled Folder Access feature does not work with 3rd Party virus protection.

Open Windows Defender Security Center and scroll down to Controlled Folder Access, and toggle to switch to on:

You can also add your own folders to the list by selecting Protected Folders > Add a protected folder:

And finally, should you need to white-list a flagged app you can select Allow an app through Controlled folder Access > Add an allowed app:

Should you decide that the Controlled Folder Access feature is not for you, you can easily toggle the option back to off.

Remove Dead Share Folders

Posted in How-to Guides, and Windows

I make use of a Raspberry Pi running Kodi (OpenELEC) media centre which has access to various share folders from my main PC running Windows 10.  Recently I’ve moved a lot of data from one hard drive (drive :D) to another (drive :I), after which I deleted the empty Movies share from Windows. Then, when I wanted to remove the empty share from OpenELEC I was unable to do so.

It seems that after moving the information in Movies to another drive and deleting the share folder thereafter, I created a dead share.  Even though the Movies folder had been deleted from Windows, when I tried to share the information again using the same name (Movies) on another drive (drive :I), Windows renamed it to Movies2 and stated that there is already a share of the same name residing on drive :D.

Needless to say this was incredibly frustrating, thankfully though after several attempts at correcting the problem I was able to find a solution.

Open regedit and navigate to the below path, once in shares, locate the dead share folder and delete the entry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Shares

After deleting the registry entry, the dead share no longer showed on OpenELEC and I was able to freely re-create the share on drive :I in Windows.

How to create a shortcut for locking your PC in Windows 7 – 10

Posted in How-to Guides, and Windows

If like me, you find yourself in a situation where you need to quickly lock your screen, and the Win+L keyboard shortcut isn’t an option – in this case the SteelSeries keyboard I’m using has its own logo-key (pictured below) instead of the traditional Windows key and using the Win+L shortcut doesn’t work, then there’s a very simple workaround available.

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Simply, right-click wherever you want to create the shortcut, Right-click > New > Shortcut.  Enter the following text into the shortcut text box:

rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

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And finally, just rename the shortcut to whatever you please, in this case I named it LockMe, click Finish and you’re done.

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