Process Exclusions

This policy setting allows you to disable scheduled and real-time scanning for any file opened by any of the specified processes. The process itself will not be excluded. To exclude the process use the Path exclusion. Processes 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 the path to the process image. Note that only executables can be excluded. For example a process 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_Processes; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows Defender -> Exclusions -> Processes

  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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