How To Add Folder Exception In Windows Defender?

 Add Folder Exception In Windows Defender

Adding a folder exception in Windows Defender is quite simple and easy. But sometimes, your computer may become vulnerable to potential malware threats if the excluded folder contains viruses. Keep reading the instructions below to add folder exception in Windows Defender on your Windows computer.

Steps To Add

  • To begin with, close all the running programs on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Click the Start menu (Windows logo) and select the Settings icon at the bottom-left corner. Doing so will launch the Settings app.
  • Alternatively, press Windows + I to open the Settings app.
  • Click the Update & Security tab in the Settings window.
  • Choose Windows Security from the left-side panel.
  • On the right-side pane, click the Virus & threat protection settings tab.
  • Scroll down the page to the Virus & threat protection settings section.
  • Click on the Manage settings link.
  • Go to the Exclusions section and select the Add or remove exclusions option.
  • Click the Add an exclusion button and select Folder from the drop-down list.
  • In the pop-up dialog box, input the folder name in the Enter extension field and click the Add button.
  • Now, the selected folder and its contents (including subfolders) will be excluded from Windows Defender scanning.

Windows 8 Computer

  • Go to Settings and then open Windows Defender.
  • Navigate to the Settings tab in Windows Defender and select the Exclude files and locations option.
  • Click on Browse and choose the folder you wish to exclude.
  • Click OK and then select OK.
  • Finally, click the Add button to move the selected folder to the exceptions list in Windows Defender.

Windows 7 Computer

  • Click the Start menu and type ‘defender’ in the search panel.
  • From the search result, click to open Windows Defender.
  • In the Windows Defender window, click the Tools menu.
  • Under Settings, select the Options option.
  • Select Real-time protection from the left-side panel and deselect the Use real-time protection option.
  • Now, Windows Defender will be turned off temporarily.
  • In the Options section, select the Excluded files and folders option.
  • Click the Add button and choose the folder you wish to exclude in the Browse for Files or Folders window.
  • Click OK –> Save.
  • Next, re-enable Real-time protection and save the changes in Windows Defender.

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