How Do I Exclude Files from Scanning?

BitDefender allows you to exclude objects from on-access and/or on-demand scanning so as to avoid any interference with your work. There are two criteria based on which objects can be excluded from scanning:

  1. Paths - by specifying a path to the files stored in a specific location you can make sure they  will never be scanned for malware.
  2. Extensions - all files having a specific extension will be excluded from scanning, no matter what their location on the hard drive.

Please note that the objects excluded from on-access scanning will not be scanned, no matter if they are accessed by you or by an application.
To create an exclusion rule:

  1. Access the Antivirus Module from the Expert View and click the Exclusions tab.
  2. Make sure to enable Exclusions.
  3. Press the Plus sign to start the wizard which will allow you to set exclusions.
  4. Select Exclude by file / folder path and press Next. You can also or right click in the table and select Add new path.
  5. Click the Browse button to point to the path of the file to be excluded from scanning
  6. Click Add for the rule to be displayed in the table.
  7. By default, the selected paths are excluded from both on-access and on-demand scanning. To change this, click the column on the right and select your option from the list.

BitDefender recommends that you scan the excluded files to make sure they are not infected. To do so, please select the check box corresponding to this option.