Add Exclusions to Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

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Windows Defender Antivirus (originally Windows Defender), which comes pre-installed with Windows 10 as the default virus protection software, has improved significantly over the years. In fact, some argue that it's comparable to any of the popular stand-alone virus protection solutions on the market.

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That said, no antivirus software is dead-on perfect. If you find that the same files or folder get picked up when Window Defender Antivirus does a system scan, add an exclusion to skip said files or folders.

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In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to who how to add and remove exclusions (file, folders, extensions, processes) for Windows Defender AntiVirus. For this article, we used a Clevo laptop running Windows 10 Professional.

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Add Exclusions to Windows Defender in Windows 10

  1. 1
    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X.
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  2. 2
    From the Quick Link menu, select "Settings".
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  3. 3
    On the Settings window, select "Update & Security".
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  4. 4
    From Update & Security, select "Windows Security".
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  5. 5
    On Windows Security, select "Open Windows Defender Security Center".
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  6. 6
    From the Windows Defender Security Center, select "Virus & threat protection".
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    On the Virus & threat protection window, select "Virus & threat protection settings".
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  8. 8
    From the settings window, select "Add or remove exclusions".
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  9. 9
    On the Exclusions window, select the "+" sign next to "Add an exclusion". The options available with the menu expanded are; File, Folder, File type, Process.
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    If you choose File or Folder, navigate to the file or folder you wish to be excluded from future virus scans.
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    If you see the following UAC message, select "Yes" to add the exclusion.
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    If you select File type or Process, enter the file type or process name in the box, then select "Add". If you see a User Account Control message, select "Yes".
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Remove Exclusions in Windows Defender on Windows 10

  1. 1
    Using your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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  2. 2
    When the Quick Link menu appears, select "Settings".
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  3. 3
    From Windows' Settings, select "Update & Security".
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  4. 4
    On Update & Security, select "Windows Security" from the left side menu.
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  5. 5
    From the Windows Security window, select "Open Windows Defender Security Center".
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  6. 6
    Once inside Windows Defender Security Center, click or tap "Virus & threat protection".
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  7. 7
    From Virus & threat protection, tap or click "Virus & threat protection settings".
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  8. 8
    On the settings window, select "Add or remove exclusions".
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  9. 9
    Once on the Exclusions window, click or tap the drop-down arrow next to the exclusion you want to delete.
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  10. 10
    With the exclusion options expanded, select "Remove".
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  11. 11
    If a UAC alert message appears, click or tap "Yes" to confirm the exclusion removal.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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