Path Exclusions

This policy setting allows you to disable scheduled and real-time scanning for files under the paths specified or for the fully qualified resources specified. Paths should be added under the Options for this setting. Each entry must be listed as a name value pair where the name should be a string representation of a path or a fully qualified resource name. As an example a path might be defined as: “c: -> Windows” to exclude all files in this directory. A fully qualified resource name might be defined as: “C: -> Windows -> App. exe”. The value is not used and it is recommended that this be set to 0.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows Defender -> Exclusions # Exclusions_Paths; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows Defender -> Exclusions -> Paths

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Windows Defender -> Exclusions


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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