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Adding File and Folder Exclusions in Windows Defender

Have you ever experienced your file or application being detected as a Virus by Windows Defender or the Windows default security application on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 and other newer Windows Operating system? even though it's just an ordinary application (or also certain files that you normally run). Well, to overcome this, you can make this default Windows security system not to scan in certain areas (or automatically) with the Exclusions feature.

How can? The presence of exclusions that are usually present in every security software is a definite step. This can be your best solution so that every file you want to install is no longer detected as a virus. How to? The steps are quite easy, where we will show the detailed steps below.

Easy Ways to Add Exclusions Files in Windows Security


By default, the Exclusions feature of the default security tool Windows 7, 8, 10 or the latest version of Windows can make it easier for users to set Windows Defender to not perform the scanning process in certain areas desired by the user. Well, for more details about the steps to insert or adding a file or folder in this area, the way is:

First, open the Windows Security settings then select the Virus & Threat Protection option

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Then, look at the bottom of the Virus & Threat Protection Settings, click the Manage Settings option

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After that, scroll down to the bottom until you find Exclusions and click Add or remove exclusions

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In this section, you can add anything, from certain file types or even one complete folder, so that when you adding it, the Windows Defender security system will not scan or process the scanning in that area.

The result, every time you run or open a folder within the scope of Exclusions, Windows will not detect it as a Virus, including attempts to delete or quarantine it (which is usually done automatically by Windows default security tool, Windows Defender).
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