Excluding items from virus scans

Excluding items from virus scans can be useful in the following circumstances:

  • When you don’t want ZoneAlarm to scan certain directories, files, or programs that you know to be safe, see Excluding files from virus scans.
  • If a scan reports as a virus a program you know to be safe, see Excluding detected viruses from scans.

Excluding files from virus scans

You may want to exclude certain files and programs you know to be safe.

To specify items that should be ignored by virus scans:

  1. Select COMPUTER | Antivirus & Anti-spyware, then click Settings.
  2. Click Exceptions.
  3. Click the Add File button and choose from the Select type menu:

On-Access scan

Excludes the selected file(s) from on-access scans, which occur when a file is opened, executed, or saved.


Choose this if you want to exclude an executable (.exe) file from scans.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click Browse to select a file you want to exclude.
    • To exclude a drive or group of files, enter them into the Select exception field using one of the formats shown in the Browse dialog box.
  2. Click OK.

Excluding detected viruses from scans

Some benign applications may be mistaken as viruses during a system or on-access scan. If an application shows up in the Scan Results but you are certain it is safe, you can exclude it from anti-virus scans by adding it to the exceptions list.

To exclude a suspected virus from future scans:

  • When a virus Scan Results dialog appears, right-click programs that you want to exclude and choose Ignore Always.

The program is added to exceptions list and will no longer be detected during virus scans.

See Also

Customizing virus protection options

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