Norton Tutorial: Exclude Files & Folders from Auto Protect & Scans

This is a short easy video tutorial on how to exclude files and folders from Norton Anti-Virus Auto Protection and Manual Scans.

I recently downloaded a .zip file containing a large number of obscure file extensions and Norton lost its mind! IT quickly began auto removing everything. They were all “low-level” risks, but I had to manually undue each file… and there were over 100.┬áNeedless to say that wasn’t fun.

The best thing to do in these cases is to make a “i know this shit is safe” folder somewhere on your computer and add that folder and all its subfolders and files to the exclusion list for manual scans and the auto protection feature. That is what I am going to show you how to do in this tutorial.

I figured I would make this tutorial because I couldn’t find any up-to-date information on how to do it. It’s 2016 and there should be a tutorial on youtube by now right??

Watch the Video Tutorial

Written Tutorial Below the Video

The Process

First Open up the Norton Security Center. Click on the Settings menu option.


Open Norton and Click on Settings.

A second window will open. From the new options click “Antivirus“.


Antivirus User Options in Norton / Excluding Files & Folders

The will open a new internal page. There you will be confronted with 3 tabs. You need to choose the middle tab, “Scans & Risks“.


Scans & Risks user settings in Norton Antivirus

Now scroll down to the “Exclusions / Low Risks“.

There are two options we want to focus on. The “Items to Exclude from Scans” and the “Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection“.

Click configure for whichever one fits your needs. I added my exclusion folder to both lists just to be sure.


Exclusions & Low Risk options. Exclude from Auto-Protect, Exclude from Manual Scans.

Now just click the appropriate button – add file or add folder – navigate to the appropriate file or folder, select it and hit Apply.


Exclusion Item Settings Window in Norton AntiVirus

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