How to Set Exceptions in BitDefender Antivirus

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Exceptions, also known as exclusions, allow you to define files or folders that BitDefender will not check when performing a virus scan of your system. This is useful if you have files, file types or folders that you know are not infected by viruses and therefore do not need to be scanned. BitDefender can exempt files from on-access scans, on-demand scans, or both.

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Instructions

    Accessing the Exception Wizard

  1. 1

    Double-click the BitDefender Icon in the System Tray or select BitDefender from the "Programs" folder in the "Start" menu to open BitDefender.

  2. 2

    Click the "Settings" button in the upper-right corner of the main BitDefender window. Click the arrow next to the "User Interface Settings" category and select "Expert." Click the "OK" button to save changes.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Antivirus" tab on the left side of the main screen to bring up controls for managing the antivirus scanner. Select the "Exclusions" tab at the top of the screen.

  4. 4

    Check the "Enable Exclusions" box to enable exceptions.

  5. 5

    Click on the "+" button at the top of the exception list to start the Exclusion wizard. Use the appropriate section below to except either a certain file extension or a file or folder.

    Excepting a File or Folder

  1. 1

    Select the "Exclude by File/Folder Path" radio button and click the "Next" button.

  2. 2

    Click the "Browse" button to open a file browser. Browse to the location of the file or folder that you would like to except from scanning and click the "Add" button to add this exception to the list. Repeat this step to add as many files or folders as you would like.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the "Scan Type" column of the exception path you would like to change and select "On-Demand," "On-Access" or both to decide whether you want the path to be ignored during user-requested scans, automatic scans, or both. After you have modified all of your exception paths, click the "Next" button.

  4. 4

    Check the "Select this..." check box on the screen to instruct the program to scan the paths you've just excepted to ensure that they are clean. Click the "Finish" button and close the BitDefender window.

    Excepting an Extension

  1. 1

    Select the "Exclude by extension" radio button and click the "Next" button.

  2. 2

    Type the extension that you would like BitDefender to ignore during scanning in the text box and click "Add." Repeat this for each extension that you would like BitDefender to ignore.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the "Scan Type" column of the exception path you would like to change and select "On-Demand", "On-Access" or both to decide whether you want the path to be ignored during user-requested scans, automatic scans, or both. After you have modified all of your exception paths, click the "Next" button.

  4. 4

    Check the "Select this..." check box on the screen to instruct the program to scan the paths you've just excepted to ensure that they are clean. Click the "Finish" button and close the BitDefender window.

Tips and warnings

  • You can edit or delete exception rules on the "Exclusions" screen by highlighting an exception from the list and then clicking the "-" button to delete the rule or the arrow button to edit the rule.
  • BitDefender will no longer scan excepted files, file types or folders. If these files or folders become infected, BitDefender will fail to detect the infection.

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