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How do I exclude a program from an Emsisoft product?

  • September 12, 2014
  • 4 min read

To ensure your computer is completely secure and protected, we don’t generally recommend excluding programs. However, in some cases where you are absolutely certain a program is safe, you may wish to exclude it so that it can be executed without monitoring. You can exclude a program from real-time protection, from the behaviour blocker and from the scanner. In this article you will learn how to whitelist a program from an Emsisoft product.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Open the main window of Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Go to “Settings” and then “Exclusions” section. 

The first section is called “Exclude from scanning”. Here you can exclude a file (program) or an entire folder from real-time protection and scans. In detail, the objects inserted in this list will be excluded from the Protection > File Guard feature and from all the scans you can perform from the Scan section.

The second section is called “Exclude from monitoring”. Here you can exclude a file (program) or all the files inside a folder from the Protection > Behavior Blocker feature. This section is created for those people who run fixed or unknown applications that could create incorrect program alerts.

Please be certain the program is safe before adding exclusions. Once added, anything malicious in those programs or folders will be ignored.

Example: Exclude a single file

If we want to exclude completely (both from the File Guard, Behavior Blocker and scans) just the CCleaner executable file, click on “Add file” button of the first section to start.

Navigate to the CCleaner program folder, select the program file (in this case Ccleaner.exe; you might not see the .exe part, depending on your computer’s configuration) and then click on the “Open” button.

The file will be added to the list. Next, click on “Add program” button of the second section.

In the window displayed, navigate again to the CCleaner folder, select the program file “Ccleaner.exe” and click on “Open” button.

At the end of this procedure you will have the same file listed in both sections, and it will be excluded:

Example: Exclude a folder

In this case we want to exclude completely (from the File Guard, Behavior Blocker and scans) the entire program CCleaner using its folder. Click on “Add folder” button of the first section to start.

In the window that is displayed, navigate to your program folder and select the CCleaner folder (or the folder of the program you want to exclude), and click on the “OK” button to add the folder to the list.

Click on the “Add folder” button of the second section to proceed.

Do the same thing again; navigate to your program folder and select CCleaner folder, then press the “OK” button.

At the end of this procedure you will have same folder listed in both sections, and the content will be excluded from scans and live protection:

If you want to remove an exclusion, just click on “X Remove” next to the object selected and press on the “Yes” button of the window that is displayed:

The exclusion will be removed, and the excluded object will be monitored/scanned again.

 

NOTE: it is not needed to exclude a single file if it is excluded in the parent folder. In fact, excluding a folder will exclude automatically all the files and sub-folder of that path.

 

Emsisoft Emergency Kit

Emsisoft Emergency Kit doesn’t contain real-time protection, so exclusions for this program apply only to the scanner. When you create an exclusion, it will be saved for future scans.

Example: Exclude a single file

Open the main window of Emsisoft Emergency Kit. Click the large "Scan" tile, and then click on the "Manage exclusions" button.

The "Manage exclusions" dialog will be displayed:

As you can see, there is just the “Exclude from scanning” section. To add a file to exclude, click on “Add file” button.

In the window displayed, navigate again to the CCleaner folder, select the program (in this example, the “Ccleaner.exe” file) and click on “Open” button.

At the end of this procedure you will have the file listed and it will be excluded:

 

Example: Exclude a folder

In this example, we want to exclude the entire program CCleaner using its folder. Click on the “Add folder” button to start.

In the window that is displayed, navigate to the program’s installation folder and select its folder (Ccleaner in this example), then click on the “OK” button to add the folder to the list.

The folder’s path will be added to the list:

If you want to remove an exclusion, just click on “X Remove” next to the object selected and press on the “Yes” button of the window that is displayed, and the object will be scanned during scans again.

NOTE: it is not needed to exclude a single file if it is excluded the parent folder, in fact, excluding a folder will exclude automatically all the files and sub-folder of that path.

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