How To Exclude Files From Windows Defender

Sometimes Windows Defender picks up certain files as threats and makes them unusable eventually quarantining them if not already quarantined. Maybe it sees the file as a trojan, virus or other type of malware while it’s just a regular ol’ software that you want to install. If you’d rather have that file remain usable for you and would like to avoid these troubles I can show you how to Exclude files from Windows Defender. (Windows Defender is currently known as Windows Security but it’s still the same Windows Defender we love.)

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Steps On How To Exclude Files From Windows Defender

  1. On the Taskbar you’ll find Windows Defender (if not check the arrow and you might find it there), right-click and you’ll need to look for the “view security dashboard” option. Or just click normally, so maybe it’s just me being weird with a right-click.
Windows 10 Destop Highlighting Windows Defender
  1. Then click on the ‘Virus & Threat Protection‘ option on the side.
Windows Defender with Virus And Threat Protection Highlighted in Red.
  1. Once there scroll down to find the ‘Virus & Threat Protection Settings‘ title. Right beneath that will be a highlighted text saying ‘Manage Settings‘ which you’ll want to click on and it’ll take you to a new window.
Virus and threat protection title with manage settings option underneath highlighted in red.
  1. Scroll down and look for the ‘Exclusions‘ title, under that is also a highlighted text stating ‘Add Or Remove Exlusions‘. Then proceed to click on that.
"Exclusions" highlighted in red in Windows Defender.
  • A new window would open and there’s where’ll you’ll add the file/folder you want to exclude from Windows Defenders all seeing eye.
"Add Exclusions" highlighted in red in Windows Defender.
  1. Click ‘Add An Exclusion‘ and it should ask you what’s the type of ‘thing‘ you’d want to exclude (I couldn’t think of a word to use).
Final step on how to Exclude files from Windows Defender. File types also highlighted in red.
  1. Choose the type then proceed and select the file you’d want to exclude, click open, say yes to the user account control pop up and whammo! Your file’s excluded.
  • If you want to remove the exclusion just click on it and click the remove button, as simple as that!

And if you can’t find Windows Defender on the Taskbar or if you’re struggling to open it that way, go to:

  • Settings
  • Updates & security
Updates and Security highlighted in Windows Defender.
  • Windows Security
'Windows Security', 'Open Windows Security' and "Virus and Threat Protection' all highlighted in red.
  • Then open Windows Defender from there, it should be the ‘Open Windows Security‘ option that does it. Or you could just click on the ‘Virus & Threat Protection‘ option too and follow step 2 that I listed above to go on about it from there.

No more of the your “file’s a threat” nonsense, but I suggest you only do this if the file you want to exclude is from a trusted source and if you think it won’t mean harm to your computer.

If you want to Disable Windows Defender well then hop to that link in blue.

And after I’ve given you the sauce guys please don’t be mad at me if you exclude a file that could actually harm your PC, I had nothing to do with what you do afterward I just showed you the ropes, so the knowledge is yours friends and the actions too!

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