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I take it that if a folder is added to the exclusion list, that excludes any subfolders in it as well?

If so, how does one exclude a folder but include one or more of its subfolders in the scan?

Reason is, I want to exclude most but not all the subfolders in C:\ program files, to speed up the scan. Many of the programs I have installed are not subject to malware attack (specialist scientific software and similar apps) and scanning all their executable files each time is not useful. To select each of those application folders within program Files folder for exclusion would be a chore. It would be easier to exclude C:\program files, with an option to reinclude specific folders within it. But that does not seem possible (nothing in the help file, at least).

Check out Windows Defender custom scan select folders to scan option as an example of what I would like.

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I take it that if a folder is added to the exclusion list, that excludes any subfolders in it as well?

If so, how does one exclude a folder but include one or more of its subfolders in the scan?

Reason is, I want to exclude most but not all the subfolders in C:\ program files, to speed up the scan. Many of the programs I have installed are not subject to malware attack (specialist scientific software and similar apps) and scanning all their executable files each time is not useful. To select each of those application folders within program Files folder for exclusion would be a chore. It would be easier to exclude C:\program files, with an option to reinclude specific folders within it. But that does not seem possible (nothing in the help file, at least).

Check out Windows Defender custom scan select folders to scan option as an example of what I would like.

The best option would be to exclude each sub-folder under Program Files that you wish to exclude from scanning. You will only have to do this once.

I am aware of the Windows Defender interface and will keep your suggestion on our list of user requests. Thank you for taking the time to contact us and let us know your idea.

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