How to make exceptions with eset nod32

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How to make exceptions with eset nod32
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ESET NOD 32 Antivirus protects your computer from viruses, Trojans and other forms of malicious software. It will inspect every website you visit, e-mail you receive, file you download and disc inserted into your computer. NOD 32 will also periodically scan your entire computer in case a virus manages to slip past undetected. Real-time monitoring, however, “can occasionally cause abnormal system behaviour” with certain types of applications, according to ESET, the program’s developer. NOD 32 provides an exclusion list onto which you may add programs and files you want NOD 32 to ignore.

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  1. 1

    Double-click on the green NOD 32 icon in the Windows system tray to open the main window. Look in the bottom-left corner and check the “Display” mode. By default, NOD 32 runs in “Standard Mode.” Switch to “Advanced Mode” by clicking “Change.”

  2. 2

    Click “Setup” in the upper-right corner of the application window and select “Advanced Setup.” Browse through the options list and click on the “+” next to “Antivirus and antispyware” to open another set of options. Then select “Exclusions.”

  3. 3

    Select “Add” and browse for the file or directory you want to exclude from virus monitoring. Click “OK” to add it to the exclusion list. You may modify this exclusion in the future by clicking “Edit” or delete it by clicking “Remove.”

  4. 4

    Navigate back to the “Advanced Setup” menu. Select “Web access protection” under “Antivirus and antispyware” if you are excluding an application that accesses a network protocol, such as HTTP or FTP. Click on “Web browsers” to see if NOD 32 detects the program. If so, click the check box to mark it with a red “X.” Otherwise, click the “Add” button to manually locate the .exe file for the application you want NOD 32 to ignore. Click “OK” to close the “Advanced Setup” Menu.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not exclude programs or files from real-time monitoring unless absolutely sure of their safety.

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