How to Exclude Files and Folders from Windows Defender

Windows Defender is the default antivirus tool to protect your PC from viruses, malware, ransomware, and other security threats.

All antiviruses share the common problem, they sometimes recognize the wrong threats and delete your files and folders or block an program from being executed. So, to stop Windows Security from quarantining programs, you can add these files and folders to the exclusions list.

It simply means that you trust a file, file type, folder, or a process that Windows Security has detected as malicious.

Exclude files and folders

  • Open Windows Security > Virus and threat protection.
  • Access Manage settings in Virus and threat protection settings section.
  • Scroll down to Exclusions section then open Add or remove exclusions.
  • To add a file/folder, click on Add an exclusion button and choose the type.

Allow a quarantined file/threat

In the case the software already quarantined a threat, you can undo it by following these steps

  • Open Windows Security > Virus and threat protection.
  • Access Protection history.
  • Browse through quarantined threat list and expand the one you want to allow.
  • Click on Actions > Allow to remove the file from being blocked.

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