How to add exceptions to Windows Defender 10

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How to add exceptions to Windows Defender 10

Windows built-in antivirus 10, Windows Protector, is generally an excellent and useful feature, but in some cases it may interfere with the execution of necessary programs that you trust and that you don't. One solution is to disable Windows Protector, but adding exceptions to it may be a more rational option.

In this tutorial, details how to add a file or folder to Windows virus guard exceptions 10 so that in the future it is not spontaneously eliminated or has startup problems.

Note: Instructions are for Windows 10 version 1703 Creators Update. For older versions, you can find a similar setting in Settings – Update and security – Protector de Windows.

Windows exception settings 10 Guard

Windows Protector exception settings in the latest system version can be found in the “Windows Protector Security Center”.

To open it, you can right click on the defender icon in the notification area (next to the clock in the lower right) and choose “Open”, or go to Settings – Update and security – Windows Defender and click “Open Windows Defender Security Center “.

The next steps to add exceptions to the antivirus will be the following:

  1. In the Security Center, open the Virus & Threat Protection settings page and, on that page, click on “Protection settings against viruses and other threats”.
  2. At the bottom of the next page, in “Exceptions”, click on “Add or delete exceptions”.
  3. Click on “Add exception” and select the type of exception: archive, file, file type or procedure.
  4. Specify the path of the item and click “Open”.

Once completed, the folder or file will be added to Windows Protector exceptions 10 and will not be scanned for viruses or other threats in the future.

My recommendation is to create a separate folder for those programs that according to your experience are safe but are eliminated by Windows defender., add it to exceptions and in the future all those programs should be downloaded to that folder and run from there.

Having said this, don't forget to be cautious and, in case of doubt, I suggest you do a Virustotal check on your file, it may not be as safe as you think.

Note: To clear the defender's exceptions, go back to the same settings page where you added the exceptions, click the arrow to the right of the folder or file and click “Delete”.

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