Defender Antivirus Process Exclusion

This guide will allow administrators to configure a process that will be excluded from Defender Antivirus interference.

Role Requirements

Procedure Scope: Administrators

Required Group Membership: Admin.Security

Handbook Reference

Package: Device Security

Domain: Antivirus Management

Modifies: Defender Antivirus Process Exclusions

Defender Antivirus Process Exclusion

  1. Navigate to Antivirus – Intune, locate the Security Essentials Defender Exclusions configuration item.
  2. Scroll down to Configuration Settings and select Edit.
  3. Find the Excluded Processes line item and click the radio button to the right to Configured.
  4. In the box below, enter the processes which Defender Antivirus should ignore. It is recommended that these are not commonly used processes or processes which could be used to spawn in malware – such as explorer.exe, lsass.exe, etc. Enter the full path to where the process executes from as seen on the endpoint.
  5. Click Review and Save on the next page, followed by Save. Rule changes propagate in less than 24 hours.

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