Exclusions enable you to exclude objects from the detection engine. To ensure that all objects are scanned, we recommend only creating exclusions when it is absolutely necessary. Situations where you may need to exclude an object might include scanning large database entries that would slow your computer during a scan or software that conflicts with the scan.

Performance exclusions allow you to exclude files and folders from scanning. Performance exclusions are useful to exclude file-level scanning of gaming applications or when causing abnormal system behavior or increased performance.

Detection exclusions allow you to exclude objects from cleaning using the detection name, path or its hash. Detection exclusions do not exclude files and folders from scanning as performance exclusions do. Detection exclusions exclude objects only when they are detected by the detection engine and an appropriate rule is present in the exclusion list.

The exclusions in version 7.1 and below have both Performance exclusions and Detection exclusions merged into one.

Not to be confused with other types of exclusions:

Process exclusions – All file operations attributed to excluded application processes are excluded from scanning (may be required to improve backup speed and service availability).

Excluded file extensions

HIPS exclusions

Exclusion filter for Cloud-based protection