How to Add to the Exceptions in AVG

By Melissa King

AVG provides users with a free way to protect their computer from viruses and other infections. The application works by regularly scanning programs and files on your computer. If a potential infection is found, the program or file is blocked from operation until you delete it or allow it to run. Some programs, although they are safe, appear as an infection to AVG. Since AVG does not know that a certain program is safe, you must add it to the Exceptions list. This stops AVG from scanning that program.

Step 1

Launch the AVG program and click "Resident Shield" on the left side of the window.

Step 2

Click "Manage exceptions" at the bottom of the window. Click "Add Path" if you want to exclude an entire directory from scanning, or click "Add File" to exclude individual files.

Step 3

Browse through the list of programs and files that opens to find the one you want to exclude from scanning. Double-click on the file or directory.

Step 4

Click "OK" when you are finished adding exceptions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Remove Path" if you want to remove a file from the exceptions list.
  • Only add a program to the exceptions list if you are certain it is safe.