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If you have read my previous post you can see that I ran into this too.
For me the button Remove was grayed out when I wanted to remove a folder from protected folders in Windows Defender.
Fortunately, there are several ways to remove a folder from protected folders. One of them is with PowerShell (as an administrator). In the below tutorial I will lead you through the steps needed.
Let’s remove a folder that’s grayed out with PowerShell.
- Go to Start
- Search for PowerShell
- Open PowerShell as administrator
Now copy the following cmdlet to notepad and configure -ControlledFolderAccessAllowedApplications
Remove-MpPreference -ControlledFolderAccessAllowedApplications ''
This should contain the file path you want to remove from Protected folders.
So for me that would be: “C:\Users\Bas Wijdenes\OneDrive\Documents”
So the cmdlet will be:
Remove-MpPreference -ControlledFolderAccessProtectedFolders "C:\Users\Bas Wijdenes\OneDrive\Documents"
After running the command in PowerShell the protection is removed from my documents folder and I can finally save files again to this folder.
What does Remove-MpPreference do?
The Remove-MpPreference cmdlet removes exclusions for file name extensions, paths, and processes, or default actions for high, moderate, and low threats.
For more about Remove-MpPreference, you can go to the Remove-MpPreference docs.
Unfortunately -ControlledFolderAccessAllowedApplications isn’t in the docs yet, but with the parameter -ControlledFolderAccessAllowedApplications you specify a file path to exclude from Protected folders.
This is from Microsoft Answers.
This post is from answers.microsoft.com.
I have expanded the existing tutorial with screenshots.
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endofallflesh Created on June 24, 2020
Hello, I made a video to showcase what is happening. I’m trying to remove a Steam game from my protected folders in Windows Defender because my save data got corrupted, and I need to be able to wipe it to start fresh. Every time I try, Defender closes out during and the folder remains protected. I basically am bricked from playing this specific game now.