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Published on 06.24.09 by Brent Trahan

Set Microsoft Security Essentials to Exclude a Process

Learn how to configure Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to ignore a process when scanning for malware or using real-time protection.

Exclude a Process in MSE

  1. Open Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) by going to Start, All Programs, Microsoft Security Essentials, and then select Microsoft Security Essentials.


  2. Select the Settings tab.
  3. Select Excluded processes in the left column of the Settings tab.
  4. Click the Add button.


  5. Browse to the process, select it, and then click OK.


    Note: Only files with the extensions .cmd, .bat, .pif, .exe, .com, and .scr can be selected.

  6. Click the Save changes button.


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  1. Mark Davidson says:

    Hi, I have an Acer computer running windows 7 and don’t have Microsoft Security Essentials in my windows database. Please helpMark

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