How to Configure Controlled Folder Access to Stop “Unauthorized changes blocked” Notifications

Some users may notice “Unauthorized Changes Blocked” notifications in the lower-right corner of the Windows 10 desktop. These notifications inform users that Windows Defender Controlled Folder Access has blocked an application that is modifying a folder. Thus, notifications appear when access to controlled folders is enabled.

Although controlled folder access prevents unauthorized changes to folders from unwanted programs (for example, viruses), it can also block certain valid applications that modify folders.

One user stated, “Suddenly, I can not download any more photos from my SD card using the port of my laptop and my Photoshop Elements 15. I receive the following messages: “Unauthorized changes blocked”.

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If you receive an error message such as “Unauthorized Changes Blocked” or “Controlled Folder Access Blocked” in Windows, you may need to change the settings.

How to Turn Controlled Folder Access Off

Step 1: Open Windows Defender Security Center.

  • From the Start menu search “Windows Defender Security Center”

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  • Select Start > Settings
  • Choose Update & security > Windows Defender
  • Select Open Windows Defender Security Center.

Step 2: Select Virus & threat protection

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Step 3: Then choose Virus & threat protection settings

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Step 4: Under Controlled folder access, turn it off.

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This is how users can turn off Controlled Folder Access to remove the “Unauthorized changes blocked” notifications.

How to Run Windows Defender & RAM Antivirus at the Same Time

If you have enabled the RAM Antivirus software on your computer, you will find that the antivirus software provided by Microsoft in Windows 10, Windows Defender, has been disabled. It’s normal. Windows Defender has been designed to be disabled as soon as Windows detects that you are using another solution for protection against viruses and malware. If you want to run the RAM and Windows Defender antivirus software at the same time, you can do this by reactivating Windows Defender and running it in passive mode.