File-Level Antivirus Scanning and SharePoint 2010

In order to prevent unexpected behaviour or performance issues I am going to exclude various files and folders from scanned by my Antivirus software.  This process will differ depending on the Antivirus solution in place so instead of providing a step by step guide I’ll just include a list of the files and folders that shouldn’t be scanned.

Note: You may need to replace C: drive with the drive letter relevant to your installation

Exclusions for SharePoint Foundation

  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions
  • C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files
  • C:\Users\<service account>\AppData\Local\Temp\WebTempDir
  • C:\Windows\Syswow64\LogFiles (or C:\Windows\system32\LogFiles for 32 bit systems)

As I use specific accounts for SharePoint services or application pool identities I’ll be excluding the following folders:

  • C:\Users\<ServiceAccount>\AppData\Local\Temp
  • C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Temp

Exclusions for SharePoint Standard/Enterprise servers

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Logs
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Bin

Exclusions for SQL servers

  • *.MDF
  • *.LDF
  • *.NDF
  • *.BAK
  • *.TRN
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