Do you want to prevent Windows Defender from deleting your files when detected as false positives?

The solution is to add your files/folders as exclusions in Windows Security on Windows 10.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to exclude a folder, file, or file extension in Windows Defender to prevent false positives.

Let’s go!

Exclude Folder, File or Extension in Windows Defender

Open your Settings app using the Windows+I keyboard shortcut and click on “Update & Security“.

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 1 Settings Update Security

Open the “Windows Security” page and click on “Virus & threat protection“.

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 2 Windows Security Virus Threat Protection

Click on “Manage options” under “Virus & threat protection settings“.

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 3 Manage Settings

Click on “Add or remove exclusions“.

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 4 Add Remove Exclusions

Click on “Add an exclusion“.

You can choose from:

  • File: Select a specific file to exclude.
  • Folder: Select a whole folder to exclude all the files in it.
  • File type: Exclude a file extension.
  • Process: Exclude a process name.
Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 5 Add Exclusion Folder

I have created a folder named “FreeZone” that I will use to put in it all the files that can be detected as false positives.

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 6 Folder Selection Select

You can also exclude files by extensions…

Exclude Windows Defender Folders Files Extension Windows 10 7 Enter Extension Exclusion Security

There you have it, dear reader if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for sharing in advance ;)

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