Excluding a file or a folder from scans

Article:HOWTO80920  |  Created: 2012-10-24  |  Updated: 2014-09-21  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO80920
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Excluding a file or a folder from scans

You add exceptions for files or folders individually. If you want to create exceptions for more than one file, repeat the procedure.

You can configure file or folder exceptions on both Windows and Mac clients. On Windows clients, file exceptions can apply to virus and spyware scans, SONAR, and application control. Folder exceptions apply to virus and spyware scans and SONAR.

To exclude a file from scans on Windows clients

  1. On the Exceptions Policy page, click Exceptions.

  2. Under Exceptions, click Add > Windows Exceptions > File.

  3. In the Prefix variable drop-down box, select a common folder.

    Select [NONE] to enter the absolute path and file name.

    When you select a prefix, the exception can be used on different Windows operating systems.

  4. In the File text box, type the name of the file.

    If you select a prefix variable, the path should be relative to the prefix. If you select [NONE], type the full path name.

    Note:

    Paths must be denoted by using a backward slash.

  5. Under Specify the types of scans that will exclude this file, select the type of scan (Security Risk, SONAR, or Application control).

    You must select at least one type.

  6. For security risk scans, under Specify the type of security risk scan, select Auto-Protect, Scheduled and on-demand, or All Scans.

    See the help for information about why you might want to limit the exception to a specific type of security risk scan.

  7. Click OK.

To exclude a folder from scans on Windows clients

  1. On the Exceptions Policy page, click Exceptions.

  2. Under Exceptions, click Add > Windows Exceptions > Folder.

  3. In the Prefix variable drop-down box, select a common folder.

    Select [NONE] to enter the absolute path and file name.

    When you select a prefix, the exception can be used on different Windows operating systems.

  4. In the Folder text box, type the name of the folder.

    If you select a prefix variable, the path should be relative to the prefix. If you select [NONE], type the full path name.

    Note:

    Paths must be denoted by using a backward slash.

  5. Under Specify the type of scan that excludes this folder, select the type of scan (Security Risk, SONAR, Application control, or All).

    You must select at least one type.

  6. For security risk scans, under Specify the type of security risk scan, select Auto-Protect, Scheduled and on-demand, or All Scans.

    See the help for information about why you might want to limit the exception to a specific type of security risk scan.

  7. Click OK.

To exclude a file or folder from scans on Mac clients

  1. On the Exceptions Policy page, click Exceptions.

  2. Under Exceptions, click Add > Mac Exceptions > Security Risk Exceptions for File or Folder.

  3. Under Security Risk File or Folder Exception, in the Prefix variable drop-down box, select a common folder.

    Select [NONE] to enter the absolute path and file name.

  4. In the File or Folder text box, type the name of the file or folder.

    If you select a prefix variable, the path should be relative to the prefix. If you select [NONE], type the full path name.

    Note:

    Folder paths must be denoted by using a forward slash.

  5. Click OK.

To exclude a folder from scans on Linux clients

  1. On the Exceptions Policy page, click Exceptions.

  2. Under Exceptions, click Add > Linux Exceptions.

  3. Click Folder.

  4. In the Add Folder Exception dialog box, you can choose a prefix variable, type a folder name, and either include subfolders or not.

    If you select a prefix variable, the path should be relative to the prefix. If you select [NONE], type the full path name.

    Note:

    Folder paths must be denoted by using a forward slash.

  5. Specify the type of security risk scan. Select Auto-Protect, Scheduled and on-demand, or All scans, and then click OK.

See Creating exceptions for Virus and Spyware scans

See Excluding file extensions from virus and spyware scans on Windows clients and Linux clients.


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