How to add Windows Defender exclusions on Windows 10

Windows Defender, built into Windows 10, runs in the background and scans the malware files. You may add an exclusion to boost the performance for tasks such as compiling code or running virtual machines and Windows Defender will never search those files. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to add Windows Defender exclusions on Windows 10.

Add Windows Defender exclusions on Windows 10

To add Windows Defender exclusions on Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Windows Security in the search box and then click the Windows Defender Security Center option as the following image is showing.

As you click the Windows Defender Security Center option, the following screen will appear.

As the screen is divided into two parts. Choose the Virus & threat protection option from the left side of the screen. After that, click the Settings option from the left corner of the screen as highlighted in the above image. The next screen will look like this.

Click the Virus & threat protection settings option as highlighted in the above image. Then click the Add or remove exclusions option as the following image is showing.

The next screen will appear as follows.

Click the Add an exclusion button as highlighted in the above image. A menu will pop up as the following image is showing.

Click the File option and a dialogue box will appear as the following image is showing.

Select the File and click the Open button as highlighted in the above image. The screen will look like this.

Close the Windows Defender Security Center. Now whenever you will run the scan, it will not scan the file which has been added in the Exclusion.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to add Windows Defender exclusions on Windows 10.

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