Configuring exclusions

McAfee MOVE AntiVirus enables you to fine-tune your protection by specifying items to exclude from scanning.

For example, you might need to exclude some file types to prevent a scanner from locking a file used by a database or server. A locked file can cause the database or server to fail or generate errors.

Every item in exclusion lists is mutually exclusive. Each exclusion is evaluated separately from the others in the list.

Note: To exclude a folder on Windows systems, append a backslash (\) character to the path.

Path exclusions

The McAfee MOVE AntiVirus product allows you to fine-tune the list of file types scanned including individual files, folders, and disks. You might need these exclusions because the scanners might scan and lock a file when that file is being used by a database or server. This might cause the database or server to fail or generate errors.

Note: When specifying the path exclusions, wildcards are supported.

Process exclusions

The McAfee MOVE AntiVirus product allows you to fine-tune the list of process types scanned including processes. You might need these exclusions because the scanners might scan and lock a process when that process is being used by a database or server. This might cause the database or server to fail or generate errors.

Note: When specifying the process exclusions, wildcards are not supported.

Wildcards in exclusions

You can use wildcards to represent characters in exclusions for files, folders, and detection names.

Table 1: Valid wildcards
Wildcard character Name Represents
? Question mark Single character

This wildcard applies only if the number of characters matches the length of the file or folder name. For example: The exclusion W?? excludes WWW, but doesn't exclude WW or WWWW.

* Asterisk Multiple characters, except backslash (\).
** Double asterisk Zero or more of any characters, including backslash (\).

This wildcard matches zero or more characters. For example: C:\ABC\**\XYZ matches C:\ABC\DEF\XYZ and C:\ABC\XYZ

Wildcards can appear in front of a backslash (\) in a path. For example, C:\ABC\*\XYZ matches C:\ABC\DEF\XYZ.

Root-level exclusions

McAfee MOVE AntiVirus requires an absolute path for root-level exclusions. This means that you can't use leading \ or ?:\ wildcard characters to match drive names at the root level

Instead, you can use leading **\ wildcard characters in root-level exclusions to match drives and subfolders.

For example, **\test matches the following:

C:\test

D:\test

C:\temp\test

D:\foo\test

System variables

These are the Windows system variables that are supported for Multi-Platform.

Note: System variables are not supported for Agentless.
System variable Path
%ALLUSERSPROFILE% C:\ProgramData
%CommonProgramFiles% C:\Program Files\Common Files
%CommonProgramFiles(x86)% C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files (only in 64-bit version)
%CommonProgramW6432% C:\Program Files\Common Files (only in 64-bit version)
%ProgramData% %SystemDrive%\ProgramData
%ProgramFiles% %SystemDrive%\Program Files
%ProgramFiles(x86)% %SystemDrive%\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version)
%ProgramW6432% %SystemDrive%\Program Files (only in 64-bit version)
%PUBLIC% %SystemDrive%\Users\Public
%SystemDrive% C:\
%SystemRoot% %SystemDrive%\Windows
%windir% %SystemDrive%\Windows