Can Defender be set to ignore selected files?

Hi all.
I have some custom files included within my Wordpress folders.
Defender picks them up in every scan naturally. But is there any way I can set Defender to understand these specific files are actually ok and so ignore them in future scans and fixes?

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hello Guy,

    I hope you're well today and thank you for your question!

    Next to each file reported by Defender scan there's a "False alarm, ignore it!" button (icon), see screenshot below:

    This adds the file to internal "exclusion" list and that file will not be reported again unless it changes. That's a safety mechanism because at the moment of marking the file as safe it may indeed be safe but any changes may indicate malicious activity.

    We're also looking into enhancing that feature of Defender so the "permanent exclusion" list may show up in future but I'm not able to give you any ETA on this.

    Best regards,

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