taskhostw.exe on windows 10

"Controlled folder access blocks taskhostw.exe from making changes to memory." -- Windows Defender reports this all the time now....what has changed?

Is this a malware or what?

Thanks!

If taskhostw.exe is MALWARE, why doesn't WINDOWS DEFENDER block or remove it?


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Hello,

1. On the taskbar, click on Windows Defender Security Center icon.

2. Next, in the Windows Defender Security Center window, click on Virus & threat protection tile.

3. Then click on Ransomware protection on next screen.

4. Moving on, in Ransomware protection screen, under Controlled folder access section, you can toggle the option to Off to disable this feature.

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Hi dauds, this is caused by a new feature in Windows - Controlled Folder Access, while this feature will be a great plus in Windows, it is currently very buggy, I would turn off this feature until it matures . . .

Open Windows Defender Security Center

Go to Virus & threat protection - Virus & threat protection settings

Scroll down to Controlled folder access

Toggle that option off
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