Avast Mac Security 2015: Setting Exclusions

Setting Exclusions in Avast Mac Security

While it is generally not recommended, in some situations you may want to exclude certain files, programs, mail servers or websites from scanning by Avast Mac Security 2015 to speed up your scans, or to avoid false positive detections.

You can exclude certain files or directories in the File System Shield preferences; exclude certain mail server from scanning by Avast Mac Security 2015 in the Mail Shield preferences; exclude certain websites or domains in the Web Shield preferences.

How to exclude files from scanning

To exclude files, folders, or applications from scanning by the File System Shield:

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Preferences.
  2. In the Shields tab, click Settings next to File System Shield.
  3. Click the + (add) button to add any file and/or directory to the Exclusions.
    Confirm this action with your administrator credentials.
    To remove a file and/or directory from the Exclusions, select it in the list and click the - (remove) button.
  4. Click Done to save and apply changes.

How to exclude mail servers from scanning

To exclude mail servers from the Mail Shield:

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Preferences.
  2. In the Shields tab, click Settings next to Mail Shield.
  3. Click the + (add) button to add any mail server to the Exclusions.
    Confirm this action with your administrator credentials.
    Enter the mail server and select the service type. If you are not sure, please check documentation for the mail service provider. To remove a mail server from the Exclusions, select it in the Servers list and click the - (remove) button.
  4. Click Done to save and apply changes.

How to exclude websites from scanning

To exclude websites or domains from the Web Shield:

  1. Open your Avast user interface and go to Preferences.
  2. In the Shields tab, click Settings next to Web Shield.
  3. Click the + (add) button to add any website to the Exclusions.
    Confirm this action with your administrator credentials.
    To remove a website from the Exclusions, select it in the Servers list and click the - (remove) button.
  4. Click Done to save and apply changes.
  • Avast Pro Mac Security 2015
  • Avast Free Mac Security 2015
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.11.x (El Capitan)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.10.x (Yosemite)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.9.x (Mavericks)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard, Intel based)

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