About the automatic exclusion of files and folders

Article:HOWTO27182  |  Created: 2010-01-08  |  Updated: 2010-01-15  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO27182
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About the automatic exclusion of files and folders

The client software automatically detects the presence of certain third-party applications and Symantec products. After it detects them, it creates exclusions for these files and folders. The client excludes these files and folders from all antivirus and antispyware scans.

The client software automatically creates exclusions for the following items:

  • Microsoft Exchange

  • Active Directory domain controller

  • Certain Symantec products

To see the exclusions that the client creates on 32-bit computers, you can examine the contents of the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\AV\Exclusions Windows registry. You must not edit this Windows registry directly. On 64-bit computers, look in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection\AV\Exclusions.

The client does not exclude the system temporary folders from scans because doing so can create a significant security vulnerability on a computer.

You can configure any additional exclusions by using centralized exceptions.

See Configuring a Centralized Exceptions Policy.

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