Processes exclusions

This feature allows you to exclude application processes from Antivirus On-access scanning only. These exclusions help minimize the risk of potential conflicts and improve the performance of excluded applications which in turn has a positive effect on the overall performance of the operating system. The exclusion of a process / application is, in fact, an exclusion of its executable file (.exe).

You can add executable file into the list of excluded processes via Advanced setup (F5) > Antivirus > Processes exclusions or using the list of running processes from the main menu Tools > Running processes.

This feature was designed mainly for the purpose of excluding backup tools. Excluding the backup tool's process from scanning not only ensures system stability, but it also does not affect backup performance because the backup is not slowed down while it is running.

Click Edit to open the Processes exclusions management window where you can Add exclusions and browse for executable file (for example Backup-tool.exe) which will be excluded from scanning. As soon as the .exe file is added to the exclusions, activity of this process is not monitored by ESET Mail Security and no scanning is run on any file operations performed by this process.

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If you do not use browse function when selecting process executable, you need to manually enter a full path to the executable. Otherwise, the exclusion will not work correctly and HIPS may report errors.


You can also Edit existing processes or Remove them from exclusions.

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Web access protection does not take into account this exclusion, so if you exclude the executable file of your web browser, downloaded files are still scanned. This way an infiltration can still be detected. This scenario is an example only, and we do not recommend you to create exclusions for web browsers.