Windows Defender Exclusions

Sometimes it happens that Windows Defender adds mining clients as a false positive and prevents executing the files. In this guide, we will show you how to add minerstat and mining clients to the Windows Defender exclusions list.

Disclaimer: In any case, we strongly recommend not to use mining software on your personal computer, since not all mining clients are open-sourced. Minerstat is a professional mining software suite and it includes more than 35 different clients. It is expected to run Windows node on a dedicated Windows mining rig (and not on a personal computer). In case you are having troubles with Windows blocking your mining, we invite you to check our Linux mining OS which will bring you more stability. Minerstat software is controlled completely remotely, so you don't have to know your way around Linux to use it.

Windows 10

First, navigate to Virus & threat protection by looking it up in your search bar or following the next steps.

  1. Start
  2. Settings
  3. Update & Security
  4. Windows Security
  5. Virus & threat protection

When you have opened Virus & threat protection window navigate to Exclusions list:

  1. Manage settings
  2. Exclusions
  3. Add or remove exclusions

Click on the button Add an exclusion and select the files, folders, or file types you want to white-list. If you select one folder, the exclusion will apply to all files and subfolders within this folder. In this step, select the minerstat folder.

Windows 7

First, open Windows Defender by using the search function or through the shortcut on your system. Navigate to Tools and then to Options. Select the option Excluded files and folders. Click on Add... button and select the minerstat folder.

To save the changes, click Save.