How to Add Something to the Exceptions List With AVG Free

Written by gabriele sturmer
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AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition normally scans most of your computer's folders for viruses, spyware and rootkits. Since scanning your entire computer can take a long time if you have a large hard drive, AVG gives you the option to add specific folders and files to its exceptions list to prevent the program from scanning those folders. AVG also lets you specify files that the program might view as suspicious but are actually not harmful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click AVG's icon (which is yellow, green, blue and red) in the taskbar's notification area to open the user interface. Click "Tools" and select "Advanced Settings."

  2. 2

    Click "Excluded Items" under "Resident Shield" in the left pane. Click "Add Path" to add an entire directory and its sub-folders to the exceptions list. Select the folder on the "Browse for Folder" dialogue box and click "OK" to place it in the exceptions. Click "Add File" to make an exception for a single file. Locate the file in the dialogue box that opens and click "Open" to add it to the list.

  3. 3

    Click "PUP Exceptions" in the left pane to add specific program files that you want to exempt. Click "Add Exception" and click the three-dot button beside "File." Select the program file in the "Select File" dialogue box and click "Open." Click the box beside "Any Location---Do Not Use Full Path" to ignore the file regardless of its location on your hard drive. Click "Add" to add the program to the list.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" at the bottom of the window to save your exceptions. Click "Yes" on the User Account Control prompt if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Take caution when you add folders to the exceptions list, especially those that will contain items downloaded from the Internet.

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