Add Exclusions to Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

Edited by Jay

NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-000.png

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Add Exclusions to Windows Defender in Windows 10

NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-00-add.png
  1. 1
    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-01.png
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    From the Quick Link menu, select "Settings".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-02.png
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    On the Settings window, select "Update & Security".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-03.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    From Update & Security, select "Windows Security".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-04.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    On Windows Security, select "Open Windows Defender Security Center".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-05.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    From the Windows Defender Security Center, select "Virus & threat protection".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-06.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    On the Virus & threat protection window, select "Virus & threat protection settings".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-07.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    From the settings window, select "Add or remove exclusions".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-08.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  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.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-09.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  10. 10
    If you choose File or Folder, navigate to the file or folder you wish to be excluded from future virus scans.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-10.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  11. 11
    If you see the following UAC message, select "Yes" to add the exclusion.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-11.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  12. 12
    If you select File type or Process, enter the file type or process name in the box, then select "Add".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-12.png
    If you see a User Account Control message, select "Yes".
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Remove Exclusions in Windows Defender on Windows 10

NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-00-remove.png
  1. 1
    Using your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-01.png
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    When the Quick Link menu appears, select "Settings".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-02.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    From Windows' Settings, select "Update & Security".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-03.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    On Update & Security, select "Windows Security" from the left side menu.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-04.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    From the Windows Security window, select "Open Windows Defender Security Center".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-05.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Once inside Windows Defender Security Center, click or tap "Virus & threat protection".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-06.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    From Virus & threat protection, tap or click "Virus & threat protection settings".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-07.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    On the settings window, select "Add or remove exclusions".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-08.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  9. 9
    Once on the Exclusions window, click or tap the drop-down arrow next to the exclusion you want to delete.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-22.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  10. 10
    With the exclusion options expanded, select "Remove".
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-23.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  11. 11
    If a UAC alert message appears, click or tap "Yes" to confirm the exclusion removal.
    NorthernTouch file-exclusions-windows-defender-24.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

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.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Use Windows 10

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 141 times.

x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No