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Tip: Virus Scanning Recommendations for Windows-based Computers

Tip: Virus Scanning Recommendations for Windows-based Computers

Antivirus applications can sometimes produce unexpected results, should they not be configured correctly. In many cases, problems arise that are unexplained and hard to diagnose, but eventually lead back to files and directories that need to be excluded from antivirus application scanning.

Microsoft maintains a list of its recommendations for those files and folders that should be excluded.

See:  Virus scanning recommendations for Enterprise computers that are running currently supported versions of Windows

Guidance is included for the following:

  • For computers that are running Windows XP and later versions of Windows
  • Turn off scanning of Windows Update or Automatic Update related files
  • Turn off scanning of Windows Security files
  • Turn off scanning of Group Policy related files
  • Running antivirus software on domain controllers
  • Turn off scanning of Active Directory and Active Directory-related files
  • Turn off scanning of SYSVOL files
  • Turn off scanning of DFS files
  • Turn off scanning of DHCP files
  • Turn off scanning of DNS files
  • Turn off scanning of WINS files
  • For computers that are running Hyper-V based versions of Windows

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