Exclusions of subdirectories

Discussion in 'ESET NOD32 Antivirus' started by thepatman, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. thepatman

    thepatman Registered Member

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    This may sound like a pretty basic question, but I can't find the definitive answer anywhwere.

    When setting up exclusions for real-time scanning, when selecting a folder that contains subfolders, are the subfolders (and their subfolders, etc.) also excluded from scanning? I'm assuming yes, and I've found the following KB article that describes this behavior for a drive letter:

    http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?pag...earch&viewlocale=en_US&searchid=1295451718386

    "NOTE: To exclude the contents of an entire drive, the * symbol can be used as a wildcard. For example, to exclude scanning of the entire C:\ drive, you would enter C:\* in the Exclusion: field."

    However, I can't find in the documenation (or help when pressing F1) an answer one way or another for folders.

    Along the same lines, if you have a folder that you want to exclude, but subfolders you want scanned, what procedure would you follow? (this isn't the case for me, but I'm curious.)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    If you exclude files in a folder (e.g. c:\folder1\*.*), all files and subfolders will be excluded as well (ie. c:\folder1\file1.ext, c:\folder1\folder2\file1.ext, etc.).
     
  3. thepatman

    thepatman Registered Member

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    That is what I guessed. Thanks for the reply. Is there any documentation that actually states this anywhere?
     
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  5. graymadder

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    I needed to add an exclusion as well and I thought to include sub-directories and files you would use C:\Folder1\* and for only files in the folder you would use c:\folder1\*.*.

    This is different from what I was told from Eset a couple of years ago. Can anyone tell me the difference between the following exclusions.
    C:\folder1\*.* vs C:\folder1\*

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  6. Marcos

    Marcos Eset Staff Account

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    * and *.* have equal effect, ie. excluding C:\Folder1\* or c:\folder1\*.* will exclude all files in C:\Folder1 and its subfolders.
     
  7. graymadder

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    Thank you for the explanation.
     
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