How To Add Exclusion In Windows Defender?

 Add Exclusion In Windows Defender

Windows Defender is the built-in antivirus for the Windows Operating System. When it is enabled on your computer, it scans all the applications and files that are downloaded. If you add exclusions in Windows Defender, it won’t scan the items that are in the excluded list. If the excluded item contains threats, then it will make your computer vulnerable. For detailed instructions about how to add exclusion in Windows Defender, go through these steps.

For Windows 10

Steps To Access Settings App

  • Click the Start menu (Windows logo) at the bottom-left corner of the desktop.
  • Navigate to the left and click the Settings icon. Doing so will launch the Settings app.
  • Alternatively, open the Settings window by pressing the Windows + I shortcut keys.

Adding Exclusions In Windows Defender

  • In the Settings app, click the Update & Security tab.
  • Select the Windows Security tab from the left-side panel.
  • Click on Virus & threat protection.
  • Scroll down the Virus & threat protection screen and click the Manage settings link below Virus & threat protection settings.
  • Under the Exclusions section, click on Add or remove exclusions.
  • Click the Add an exclusion button and select any one of the following options from the drop-down list.
  • File
  • Folder
  • File type
  • Process
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and add your exclusion.
  • You can also add one or more exclusions in Windows Defender.

For Windows 7

Disabling Windows Defender

  • On your Windows 7 computer, click the Start menu and type ‘defender’ in the search field.
  • From the search result, click to open Windows Defender.
  • In the Windows Defender window, click the Tools tab at the top and select Options below Settings.
  • Navigate to the left-side panel, select the Real-time protection option.
  • Deselect the Use real-time protection (recommended) checkbox.
  • Click Save to disable Windows Defender.

Adding Exclusions Windows Defender

  • In the Windows Defender window, click the Tools menu at the top.
  • Select the Excluded files and folders tab from the left-side panel.
  • Click the Add button and use the Browse for Files or Folders window to choose the files you wish to exclude from Windows Defender scanning.
  • Click OK and then save the settings.
  • Select Real-time protection from the left-side panel and then re-enable Use-real-time protection. If you need remote assistance to add exclusion in Windows Defender, call us.


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