Delete an Exclusion from Windows Defender in Windows 10

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    The first thing that we need to do is click the lower-left corner of the screen
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    This will open the Start menu.
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    Then, we need to click "Settings"
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    When the "SETTINGS" menu opens, we need to scroll down
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    We click "Update & security"
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    In the "UPDATE & SECURITY" menu, we need to click "Windows Defender"
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    On the right side, we need to scroll down until we find exclusions
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    We need to click "Add an exclusion"
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    We wait for the menu to load.
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    To remove an exclusion, we need to simply click it
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    For this tutorial, we have the local disk "D" that we want to remove from exclusions.
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    We click "Remove"
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    We need to confirm this operation by clicking "OK"
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    The item will be removed.
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Questions and Answers

Can I delete exclusions from the registry?

I tried to delete exclusions by your method, but when I get to the "Delete" part, the square for Delete is grayed out and un-clickable. I found the exclusion paths in the registry and thought about deleting them, but it said that deleting things in the registry may mess it up, so I'm hesitating.. . I also thought about changing the value of the exclusion from 0 to 1, since I think 0 means it is active and 1 means it is inactive, so changing it to 1 would remove the exclusion I think.. But I'm not sure, it might not change anything, I'd actually prefer deleting them.. The thing is, I never added these exclusions, they were already there and I think it was made from a malware.. . A malware I got deactivated Windows Defender and now that I reactivated it, I see these exclusions which can't be deleted from the control panel and 2 of them seem to be exclusions about the malware itself (they have the malware's title in their path, so the malware made sure windows defender wouldn't scan it).. The 4 other exclusion paths don't seem to be related to it, but they could be.. Does Windows Defender have some exclusions set by default?. . I didn't find answers about this anywhere, I only found tips about how to add exclusions, not delete exclusions which have the delete option un-clickable.. If you could answer me I'd be really grateful.. Thanks.. I have tried: Deleting it from the settings (the option is grayed out, it can't be clicked). Deleting it from the registry (it tells me not to, since it would mess it up or something and I have no idea what could happen (I don't want to break my computer or Windows Defender by deleting things which I don't know what they do)). Changing the exclusion paths values to 1 instead of 0 (It might do something or it might not, I have no idea at all). I think it was caused by: A malware or Adware or virus or something (don't know which one it is), It is named YouTube AdBlock.

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Recent edits by: VisiHow, Lukward Thomason

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