[Solved] Add Files and Folders Exclusions in Windows Defender Antivirus

Are you getting false positives with Windows Defender Antivirus? Windows Defender Antivirus includes an option to exclude files and folders, as well as file types and processes from getting scanned and blocked. Here are the steps to exclude files, folders and other items from getting scanned on Windows 10.

[Solved] Add Files and Folders Exclusions in Windows Defender Antivirus
[Solved] Add Files and Folders Exclusions in Windows Defender Antivirus

Step 1: Open the Windows Security app via

1. icon in the notification area on the taskbar.

icon in the notification area on the taskbar
icon in the notification area on the taskbar

2. Search the Start menu for Windows Security.

Windows Security
Windows Security

3. Open an area from Windows Settings.

Windows Settings
Windows Settings

Step 2: Click Windows Defender Security Center > Virus & threat protection > Virus & threat protection option.

Virus & threat protection option
Virus & threat protection option

Step 3: Under Exclusions, click Add or remove exclusions option > Add an exclusion button.

Add an exclusion button
Add an exclusion button

Step 4: Select the content you want to exclude from Windows Defender Antivirus:

File: Excludes only one file per exclusion.
Folder: Excludes a folder and its content, including sub-folders.
File type: Instead of excluding files and folder locations, you can configure the antivirus to ignore files with a specific extension no matter their location.
Process: Excludes background processes by name.

Add an extension exclusion in Windows Defender Antivirus
Add an extension exclusion in Windows Defender Antivirus

Step 5: Continue with the on-screen directions to add the new exclusion depending on your selection.

Source:
Winservices Help Pages > Using the Built-in antivirus on Windows 10 (before build 1703)
Microsoft Docs > The Windows Security app
Microsoft Docs > Enable and configure antivirus always-on protection and monitoring