Avast Antivirus: Exclude certain files or websites from scanning

Excluding certain files, programs, or websites from scanning

While it is generally not recommended, you may want to exclude certain files or websites from scanning to speed up your scans or to avoid false positive detections. To configure exclusions, follow the steps in the sections below:

Set exclusions only if you know that the files and websites you want to exclude are not infected. If you are unsure about a file, you can scan it in Virus Total, or add the file to the Virus Chest and submit it to the Avast Virus Lab. For more information about Virus Chest, please read the following article:

How to make exclusions from all scans and shields

Global exclusions refers to excluding files and websites from all scans (on-demand or as scheduled) and components shields, which analyze activity of files, applications, and web content in real-time.

  1. Open the Avast user interface, and go to Settings → General. Scroll down to expand the Exclusions section.
  2. Use the tabs to select what kind of item you want to exclude, and then enter or browse for the file path or address.
  3. Click OK to save.

How to make exclusions from on-demand scans

On-demand scans are scans that you can manage and schedule (for example: Quick scan, Full system scan...) To exclude files, folders, or applications from a particular scan:

  1. Open the Avast user interface, and go to Scan → Scan for viruses...
  2. Select a scan from the drop-down menu and click Scan Settings.
  3. Select Exclusions in the new window. Specify the files or folders to exclude by entering or browsing for the file path.
  4. Click OK to save.

How to make exclusions from the File System Shield

File System Shield is a feature of Components that continuously scans all files and programs for safety before they are allowed to open or run. To exclude files, folders, or applications from the File System Shield:

  1. Open the Avast user interface, and go to Settings → Components → File System Shield → Customize. In the new window select Exclusions.
  2. Add files or locations to exclude by entering or browsing for the file path. Use the checkmarks to specify when the exclusion applies: R = Read (open), W = Write (save), X = Execute (run).
  3. Click OK to save.

How to make exclusions from the Web Shield

Web Shield is a feature of Components that continuously protects your PC from threats while browsing the web. To exclude websites, URLS, or scripts from the Web Shield:

  1. Open the Avast user interface, and go to Settings → Components → Web Shield → Customize. In the new window select Exclusions.
  2. Enter the website URLs, MIME types, or processes to exclude.
  3. Click OK to save.
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