Excluding some files and folders from Windows Defender will protect them from deletion. This is necessary if you find the Defender reporting false positive virus on these files and folders. Or simply, you don’t want to scan them. In order to achieve this, follow the following steps. You can also use the files or folders to keep cracks and hidden hacks from Microsoft. The ten steps below will guide you on how to achieve this.
Exclude Files And Folders From Windows Defender
- Step 1: First of all, click on the Start button and select “Settings“.
- Step 2: On the Settings page, click on the “Update & Security” option.
- Step 3: In the left pane, click on “Virus and Threat Protection“.
- Step 4: Now click on “Manage settings” under “Virus and threat protection settings“.
- Step 5: Now scroll down to the “Exclusions” section. Click on “Add or remove exclusions“.
- Step 6: Now you will see a screen like below. Here you need to click on the option “Add exclusion“. It will show you four different options:
- File: Choose File if you want to exclude a specific file.
- Folder: Use this option if you want to exclude an entire folder.
- File type: If you want to exclude file extensions like .pdf, .mp3, .exe, etc. then choose this one.
- Process: Select this if you want to add background tasks and processes.
- Step 7: Locate the folder, File, or Process you want to add to the exclusion list.
- Step 8: When finished, the case will be added to the exclusion list.
- Step 9: Similarly, you can exclude the file, file type and process.
- Step 10: If for some reason you want to remove a file or folder from the exclusion list, click on the entry and click “Remove”.
- Repeat the steps for multiple selections located in different places.
That it is! You are done. This is how you can exclude files and folders from Windows defender. Join us on Telegram for daily hacks and updates.