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Norton Antivirus is one of the popular antivirus software that helps you remove viruses, malwares and corrupt system files on your computer.

This antivirus performs a fast and efficient scan on your computer and eliminates any threats or vulnerabilities.

Sometimes Norton starts showing regular alerts to clean a specific file or folder from the infection. This alert becomes annoying when you know that this file or folder is not corrupt or has no infection, but Norton keeps alerting you again and again.

These types of notifications are called ‘false positive.’


Thankfully, we can instruct the program to exclude that file or folder from Norton Antivirus scan. This feature blocks the scanning process of that file, whether there’s a virus present or not.

Make sure you enable this feature only if you are very confident that there can be no virus in the file you choose to exclude from the scanning process.

How to Exclude Files and Folders from Norton Antivirus Software scans?

Excluding Specific files and folders is a simple process. Let’s do it:

  • Open the Norton anti-virus software window
  • Go to Settings
  • On the Settings screen, click on the Antivirus option
  • Hit on the Scans and Risks tab
  • Search for the Exclusions/Low risks section

How to Exclude Files and Folders from Norton Antivirus Software scans?

  • Click on Configure [+], besides the option where you wish to make changes

There are two sets of options here: first is for exclusions to anti-virus scans, and the other is for real-time protection features like SONAR, Auto-Protect in the Norton software.

  • Now, use the Add Folders and Add Files icon to place the file or folder you want to exclude
  • To save the changes, click on OK in the exclusion window

Norton antivirus won’t do the virus scanning process on that file or folder now.

We suggest you avoid excluding importing files and folders like the Downloads folder as it usually downloads and saves new data which can come with viruses.


Good job! You can now stop the annoying alert notifications repeatedly from the Norton antivirus scan.

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