How do I exclude files or processes from scanning?

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File exceptions can be defined for both the “System Scanner” and the “Real-Time Protection”. A special feature of the “Real-Time Protection” is that processes may be excluded from the scan as well.

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Exclude files or processes


  1. Click the Avira icon in the taskbar to open Avira.
  2. Search for Antivirus and click Open.
  3. Click the settings symbol settings symbol in the lower left corner.
  4. Click PC Protection → Exceptions.

    Since the exceptions for the “System Scanner” and “Real-Time Protection” must be configured separately, please select the corresponding module in the left panel. Search and add files or processes you want to be skipped by the Real-Time Protection or System Scanner and Real-Time Protection.

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  5. Click OK to save the configuration.

Affected products

  • Avira Free Antivirus [Windows]
  • Avira Antivirus Pro [Windows]
  • Created : Friday, July 27, 2007
  • Last updated: Thursday, February 8, 2018
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