How do I exclude certain files, folders and programs from the Antivirus/Spyware scan?


I have a lot of music and CD images that I store on my computer that I know are not infected and won't get infected.

Is there any way that I can exclude my music, pictures and movies folders from the antivirus scan to speed things up?  I am aware that it's not as secure to exclude folders and stuff but I just have 2 folders that I don't want to scan.


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Last updated May 1, 2019 Views 40,390 Applies to:

Hello Kevin,

To exclude files and folders:

Open Microsoft Security Essentials, click the Settings tab and select Excluded files & locations, and then use the Add button to select files, folders, or drives. 

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