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What is Avast Ransomware Shield?


It is malicious software that can encrypt your files and make them inaccessible. You will require to pay to the hacker to restore your access to these files.

Ransomware Shield

Avast Ransomware Shield helps to secure all your photos, documents, and other files from being affected by ransomware attacks. This feature scans your system automatically and secures your personal data from potentially harmful applications. You can even specify which applications should modify your files and which applications should not.

Avast Ransomware Shield

Accessing the Ransomware Shield feature

  • Make sure the Avast antivirus program is updated to the most recent version.
  • To access the Ransomware Shield feature, open the Avast antivirus program and select the Protection option followed by the Ransomware option.

Managing Ransomware Shield activity

  • Launch the Avast antivirus program.
  • Navigate to Protection, select the Ransomware Shield option, and click the gear-shaped or Settings icon at the upper-right end of the screen.
  • Go to the ‘Select your preferred mode’ menu and choose either the Smart Mode or Strict Mode option.
  • Smart Mode - It is the default and recommended setting. You can add your trusted applications.
  • Strict Mode - You will be notified whenever any new applications try to modify your files or folders.

Folder protection

  • Launch Avast, navigate to Protection -> Ransomware Shield, and select the Protect New Folder option.
  • Choose the folder that you want to protect and click the OK option.
  • Note: If needed, you can even remove the selected folder from the list by selecting the Stop Protecting option.

Block or allow applications to modify your files

  • In the main interface of the Avast antivirus program, click the Protection option and select Ransomware Shield.
  • Click the Settings icon and select the ‘View allowed/blocked apps’ option.
  • Click Block App and then choose the application that you want to block.
  • Else, click the Allow App option to allow access to the application.
  • Now we have seen how to Access and Manage the Avast Ransomware Shield features.