Exclusion format

You can use wildcards to cover a group of files. A question mark (?) represents a single variable character whereas an asterisk (*) represents a variable string of zero or more characters.

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If you want to exclude all files in a folder, type the path to the folder and use the mask *.*

To exclude an entire drive including all files and subfolders, use the mask D:\*

If you want to exclude doc files only, use the mask *.doc

If the name of an executable file has a certain number of characters (and characters vary) and you only know the first one for sure (say “D”), use the following format:
D????.exe (question marks replace the missing / unknown characters)

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If you want to exclude a threat, enter valid threat name in the following format:


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You can use an asterisk * to denote a folder name, for example C:\Users\*\Application Data\

A few more exclusion examples using an asterisk:

C:\Tools - will be automatically converted to C:\Tools\*.*
C:\Tools\*.dat - will exclude dat files in the Tools folder
C:\Tools\sg.dat - will exclude this particular file located in the exact path