How to add file, folder and application exclusion in Windows 10 defender: - Windows Defender is the default antivirus software for Windows. To keep your system free of viruses, malware, spyware, etc., periodically scan your system. Windows 10 provides some extended functionality to Windows Defender. In the latest version of Windows 10, you can exclude some files, folders or applications from scanning by Windows Defender. Suppose you've just created a file on your system or you've just copied some photos from your camera. Are you sure those files are virus-free. You can then exclude those files from Windows Defender so that Windows Defender doesn't scan them next time. Likewise, if you feel the same about other folders, file types, or processes, you can also exclude them. When you exclude a process, the files associated with the process will also be excluded. Windows warns you that excluding items from Windows Defender will affect system security. But this will help Defender reduce its load from the following analysis. By allowing you to decide which files to monitor, Windows increases its administrative power over your system. Read on to find out how to exclude files and folders from Windows Defender.
- Open Settings from the start menu.
- From the settings click the Update & Security menu.
- In the left pane, tap Windows Defender to view the settings associated with Windows Defender.
- Scroll down to see the File Exclusions option. Under Exclusions, click Add an exclusion.
- Under the Add an exclusion menu you can find four options. They are Exclude a file, Exclude a folder, Exclude a file extension Y Exclude a process.
- Click on Exclude a file. A new window will open to select the file to exclude. Find the file you want and click Exclude this file button.
- You can exclude folders, file extensions and processes alike. When you exclude a process, the files associated with that process will also be excluded. In the option to exclude a process, you can exclude the .exe, .com, and .scr process types.
Excluding files from Windows Defender is a simple operation. Excluding a file or folder will reduce Defender's load. This is not a mandatory setting to configure. Everything depends on you. If you think certain files or folders should be excluded by Windows Defender, you can follow the steps in this article. I hope the steps were clear to you.