Allow blocked files or apps on Microsoft Defender Antivirus

By | February 1, 2023

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is designed to protect your computer from malware and other malicious software. Sometimes, the software may block legitimate files or apps that it mistakenly identifies as a threat. In these cases, you may want to temporarily allow the blocked file or app.

Here are the steps to allow a blocked file or app on Microsoft Defender Antivirus:

  1. Right-click on the blocked file or app and select “Properties”.
  2. In the Properties window, click on the “General” tab and then click on the “Unblock” button.
  3. Close the Properties window and try to run the file or app again.

If the file or app is still blocked, you can add an exception in Microsoft Defender Antivirus to allow it to run. Here are the steps to add an exception:

  1. Open the Microsoft Defender Security Center.
  2. Go to the “Virus & threat protection” section.
  3. Click on “Virus & threat protection settings”.
  4. Scroll down to the “Exclusions” section and click on “Add or remove exclusions”.
  5. Click on “Add an exclusion” and select “File”.
  6. Browse to the location of the blocked file or app and select it.
  7. Click on the “Add” button to add the file or app to the exclusions list.

These steps should allow you to temporarily allow a blocked file or app on Microsoft Defender Antivirus. However, it’s important to understand that allowing a potentially dangerous file or app to run can increase your computer’s risk of infection. Before allowing any blocked file or app, you should always verify its origin and make sure it is safe to run.

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