How to Set Windows Security Exclusions in Windows 11

The antivirus program in Windows 11 called Windows Security scans files and processes in the background. But occasionally, its real-time background scanning can mistakenly label trustworthy apps and processes as harmful.

Some apps may not be able to launch due to antivirus interference.

You can ensure Windows Security doesn’t sound false positive alarm bells for certain programs by adding them to its exclusion list.

You can add specific programs to Windows Security’s exclusion list to prevent it from raising false alarms in response to them.

Programs, directories, and other files on the list are not scanned by Microsoft Defender Antivirus. This is how you can set Windows Security scanning exclusions within Microsoft’s latest desktop OS.

Using the Options in Windows Security

Type Windows Security in your Windows Search bar and open it.

On the Home tab of Windows Security, select Virus & threat defense.

Under the Virus & Threat protection settings, click on Manage settings.

Look for Exclusions and select the Add or remove exclusions

Click Add an exclusion button and select File.

Choose an EXE for a program to add to the exclusion list.

To add the chosen program to Windows Security’s exclusion list, click the Open button.


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