How to Add Exception on Avast [Software or Website]

Is your Avast antivirus software continuously blocking off the programs in your computer? Well, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many users who are complaining about the Avast blocking a website, program or any hardware. It will display a pop-up message claiming that your link is not safe and it poses a threat or carries a virus.

Whereas you know that it is just an error and that should not make you panic. Because, here in this article, we will be learning about what actually is Avast exception list and how to add an exception.

What Is Exception List On Avast?

To unblock the sites which are blocked by the Avast antivirus software, you can add them to Avast Exceptions /whitelist.

Avast Exception list also known as Avast Whitelist is a kind of list that helps you in adding those programs or websites which you consider trusted but Avast has shown false positives. These websites or programs or any hardware can be unblocked by using Avast add exception option. Even though Avast Firewall works best in most cases to block unwanted spammy webs and services, there are many cases in which users reported about Avast blocking certain games, visual studio, discord, Utorrent and FileZilla.

And what’s more frustrating is that when you know that the blocked item is a trusted app and you are not allowed to access it just because of a false positive from Avast Antivirus.

If this is happening continuously with you too, then the best solution to unblock is to add them to the Avast Exceptions / Whitelist. Now, you might be thinking about how to add programs to the list. No worries, you are in the right place. Just scroll down to find out.

How To Add An Exception On Avast?

Adding an exception to Avast can be done in three different ways. They are listed below.

  1. Global Exclusion List for files/folders/programs to prevent their scanning by Avast Exclusion list for the specified Shield
  2. Global Exclusion for URL/Website to stop their scanning
  3. Global Exclusion List for programs/folders and files

But, before adding any website or a program to the Avast Exception or whitelist, you need to make sure that the website or the program is clean. Generally, when Avast Firewall blocks any webpage, it will display a message saying, “Avast web shield has blocked access to this page”.

 1. Global Exclusion List For Files/Folders/Programs To Prevent Their Scanning By Avast Exclusion List For The Specified Shield

The Global Exclusion list is used when you want to exclude some applications or ignore files. This will stop the files that you list from scanning by the Avast. It will also help you in ignoring any website, domain, program or URL in your Computer.

Below is the step-by-step procedure to follow.

Step 1: Open Avast antivirus in your PC. Head to the settings of this antivirus.

Step 2: Now, click on the general tab and under the General tab, you would see an option for Exclusions.

Step 3: Click on it. Here you would need to provide the path of the file or folder add to Avast whitelist. The Global list of Avast Exceptions also provides an option to add URLs.

Step 4: This will now allow programs or websites on your PC. It will prevent it from scanning in Avast.

2. Global Exclusion For URL/Website To Stop Their Scanning

This method is used when you want to allow a particular website or a URL in the Avast and also want to prevent it from the Avast False positive. Keep in mind that any specific domain or URL can be added to the list. The following is the step-by-step procedure to whitelist a website or URL specifically.

Step 1: Go to the Dashboard of the Avast antivirus and Click on Settings

Step 2: Then go to General Tab and now, in this General tab, look for the Exclusions option.

Step 3: Here in the URL’s tab, add the specific Website you want Avast to allow and confirm by clicking on the OK button.

Step 4: Now, the website will be added to the Avast Exception list.

3. Global Exclusion List For Programs/Folders And Files

This method is used when you wanted to exclude a specific Shield from avast. You will also be able to whitelist a shield be it web shield or mail shield, file shield, and games completely. Follow the given steps to add a specific shield to the exclusion list.

Step 1: Go to the Dashboard of Avast antivirus and click on the Settings option.

Step 2: In the settings, look for Active Protection. Click on it.

Step 3: Now, select the shield name (web, game, file, mail) that you wanted to add in the exception list and click on the Customize link.

Step 4: Now, find the menu in exclusions and add those which you want to ignore by the shield.

Step 5: You can also specify when you want to apply these exclusions. For example when reading, writing or executing.


The above are the three different ways to add an exception to the Avast antivirus software. If you have any doubts regarding these ways, please do feel free to drop them in the comments section provided below. We will get back to you as soon as possible with the best of our knowledge. Hope this article comes in handy for you and you are able to add exceptions to the Avast.