How To Create An Exception In Windows Defender?

 Create An Exception In Windows Defender

Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus for the Windows OS developed by Microsoft. If you wish to create an exception in Windows Defender, follow the quick steps given below.

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  • On your Windows computer, click the Start menu available at the bottom-left corner of the desktop.
  • Click the Settings icon from the left-side panel to launch Windows Settings.
  • Alternatively, you can launch Windows Settings by pressing the Windows + I shortcut keys.
  • Select Update & security in the Settings window and click the Windows Security tab from the left-side panel.
  • Under Protection areas, click on Virus & threat protection.
  • Click on Manage settings beneath Virus & threat protection settings.
  • Under the Exclusions section, click on Add or remove exclusions.
  • You will be directed to the Exclusions page.
  • Click the Add an exclusion button to creating an exception in Windows Defender. You will be prompted to define your exclusion by File, Folder, File type, or Process.
  • If you wish to exclude a file, select File and you will be allowed to browse the file that can be excluded from future scans.
  • Select the file you wish to exclude and click Open.
  • If you wish to exclude a folder, select the Folder option on the Exclusions page and search for a specific folder to exclude from future scans.
  • Excluding the folder from the scans on Windows Defender also makes the content and subfolders excluded from the folder.
  • To exclude file types, select the File type option and enter the file type such as PDF or DOC to be excluded for scanning in the future.
  • To exclude any process, select the Process option and choose the process to be excluded from scans in the future.
  • Once you have created the exception in Windows Defender, it will be displayed on the Exclusions page.
  • To remove the added exclusions/exceptions, select it on the Exclusions page and click Remove. If you need remote assistance to create an exception in Windows Defender, click the call button.


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