Windows 10: Windows Defender not adding excluded files and folders.

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  1. WENZU5 Win User

    Windows Defender not adding excluded files and folders.


    Hi,


    Today I tried to exclude files and folders in Windows Defender.


    Although I managed to select a file nothing was shown in the exclude window.


    I tried different files and folders on other drives but nothing was actually selected by Defender.


    Is this a bug?


    OS: Windows 10 - 1809


    Thanks in advance for any help.

    :)
     
    WENZU5, Jul 8, 2019
    #1
  2. kokakola Win User

    Windows Defender won't list Excluded files, File Locations, etc..etc


    Hi all,

    I have selected certain file types / folders and locations in Windows Defender on Windows 10 that were added to the exclusions lists...

    Previously I could go to Windows Defender and see what files, folders or extensions I had excluded but now they have disappeared....

    All I see is the add buttons which work as intended when I want to add a folder etc etc....
    But then they are not listed anywhere so that I can remember what I have excluded or not....

    Can some one please help me so that they are visible again, is there a setting in the registry that needs to be fixed?

    This is what I should see where, below the red arrows I should see the excluded files/folders including their path etc etc [see image below]

    Windows Defender not adding excluded files and folders. [​IMG]

    but I see nothing..

    Yet if i go to the registry as indicated below...

    File and file location exclusions are stored in the registry key below.

    *Arrow HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Exclusions\Paths

    File type exclusions are stored in the registry key below.

    *Arrow HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Exclusions\Extensions

    Processes exclusions are stored in the registry key below.

    *Arrow HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Exclusions\Processes

    they are all listed there....?

    I have to say that windows defender is excluding folders/files and etc etc, that I have selected during its scans, but I cant see the excluded items in the Windows Defender as per image of my Exclusions section below...


    Windows Defender not adding excluded files and folders. [​IMG]


    Thanking you in advance for your support and assistance on this issue....

    Cheers
     
    kokakola, Jul 8, 2019
    #2
  3. File History won't exclude folders

    I just tried to exclude C:\Users\Donny\Downloads using the legacy control panel File History interface. When I clicked "Select Folder" the folder was added to the excluded folders list. When I clicked "Save changes" and went back into the excluded folders
    list, C:\Users\Donny\Downloads was not listed at all.

    So certainly not fixed for me.
     
    Donny Murgatroyd, Jul 8, 2019
    #3
  4. Shabingly Win User

    Windows Defender not adding excluded files and folders.

    "Exclude from File History" does not exclude folder

    I found having the folders you want excluded as part of a users library scuppered my chances of file history actually accepting it was excluded; adding the libraries to exclusions seemed to work (after a restart or two), but I could never actually remove
    the folder successfully from the included list and it just ignored the exclusion. Even tried excluding the libraries.

    E.g., C:/Users/Public/Public Music added to the music library (among other public folders)

    C:/Users/Public added to exclusions

    Could never remove C:/Users/Public Music (and others) from the included folders list.

    I resolved it (I think, just did it this morning) by removing the folders from the user's libraries and just pinning the public music, public pictures and public videos folders to quick access in explorer. Seems to have done the job.
     
    Shabingly, Jul 8, 2019
    #4
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