Manage Quarantined Items and Exclusions in Windows Defender Security Center

Windows 10 v1703 completely changed the way we used Windows Defender. The new built-in Windows Defender is way better and even looks surprisingly well. The all new Windows Defender Security Center is a hub to all your computer’s security settings.

Yesterday, the Defender on my computer marked some files as virus and deleted them. I wanted to remove those files from the Quarantine, so I looked around and surprisingly I was not able to find it. But playing around with it for some time got me to the ‘Quarantine’ and some other settings. So here is a short post demonstrating how you can remove your files from Quarantine in Windows Defender Security Center on Windows 10.

Remove or Restore files from Quarantine in Windows Defender

1: Open Windows Defender Security Center from the system tray area.

Remove or Restore files from Quarantine in Windows Defender Security Center

2: Once opened, click on the first menu option that says “Virus & threat protection”.

3: Now look for ‘Scan History’ just below the title and description.

4: Once you are inside ‘Scan History’, look for ‘Quarantined Items’ and then click on ‘See Full History’ to view all the quarantined items.

5: You can easily remove quarantined items by hitting the Remove button. Otherwise, you can restore them back by clicking on the Restore button.

So that was pretty simple. While you can remove files and programs from the ‘Quarantined’ section, you can also add them to the ‘Allowed Threats’ as well. There might be some programs or files you trust but Windows Defender keeps marking them as threats. So, any of such files can be moved to this section and these files will never be deleted again. Remember if you’ve restored a file and not added it to ‘Allowed Threats’ or ‘Exclusions’, the file may get quarantined again. Dealing with infected files can be risky. Please proceed at your own risk and make sure you can verify the publisher of the file and you trust it.

There is also something called ‘Exclusions’ in Windows Defender. Exclusions are nothing but a list of files that you want not to be scanned. Files marked as exclusions will be skipped while performing a virus scan by Windows Defender. To add an exclusion, follow these steps:

Add Exclusions in Windows Defender Security Center

1: Open Windows Defender Security Center from the system tray area.

2: Click on ‘Virus & threat protection’.

3: Now open, ‘Virus and threat protection settings’.

4: Scroll to the bottom and find ‘Exclusions’. Click on ‘Add or remove exclusions’.

5: Now hit the Plus button and choose they type of exclusion you want to add. I am adding a file exclusion for reference.

Exclusions can be removed easily as well. All you need to do is click the relevant down arrow and hit the ‘Remove’ button.

So, this was all about quarantined and excluded files on new Windows Defender. All these steps apply to Windows Defender Security Center introduced in Windows 10 Creators Update v1703.

This post shows how you can harden Windows Defender protection to the highest levels on Windows 10 v1703 by changing a few Group Policy settings.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.


  1. Rijad Riki Mazlic

    I follow all steps, but there is no ”restore” button anywhere.. Can someone help me please

  2. Molon Labe

    shudda backed up your files

  3. dont ask me

    oh yeah, thanks to microsoft I need a backup of every little piece of SH*T, just because their software SUCKS like horsesh*t

  4. Jason

    This is no longer accurate. The restore/remove button are no longer there.

  5. Darrin Hommel

    click the threat in the quaritine and the restore button will then show

  6. Darrin Hommel

    You have to click the threat in the quarantine that you want to restore, and then the restore option will show….

  7. Jason

    Tried that. There is no longer a restore button there.

  8. Darrin Hommel

    i just did it myself it is there

  9. Jason

    What version of windows defender security center does it show when you click on about in the settings?

  10. Darrin Hommel

    Antimalware client version: 4.12.17007.17123
    Engine version: 1.1.14405.2
    Antivirus definition: 1.259.1235.0
    Antispyware definition: 1.259.1235.0
    Network inspection system Engine version: 2.1.14405.2
    Network inspection system Definition version: 2.1.14405.2

  11. Jason

    Here’s what I have.
    Antimalware Client Version: 4.12.17007.17123
    Engine Version: 1.1.14405.2
    Antivirus Version: 1.259.1232.0
    Antispyware Version: 1.259.1232.0
    Network Realtime Inspection Engine Version: 2.1.14202.0
    Network Realtime Inspection Signature Version :

    Also here are screenshots of what I see.

    When I click on the item –

    When I click on details –

  12. Yuffie Daimon

    Mine had a trojin file that was (deleted automatically I guess) it was under Quarantine AND allowed files though at the same time.

  13. MasiGaHo

    Windows defender is a piece of crap, it corrupted my crypto wallet for a coin and now I can’t restore them. It says that it’s “severe”….what a bunch of bull crap. Even my backups are corrupted. It’s the NWO and Microsoft fight against decentralization. So folks do not update your computer, because the new update corrupts all crypto wallets, even the backup. I suggest saving your backup to a thumb drive, but make sure to update it everyday. I’m going to lose so much coins worth lots of money because my update is 10 days old on my thumb drive.

  14. NightlifeCam_UK

    try clicking on the file but not the drop down arrow on the right then the restore and remove boxes are revealed

  15. whatever

    but it doesn’t tra la la la

  16. Rami Murr

    Found Solution!

    – Go to C:Program FilesWindows Defender.
    – Open MSASCui.exe
    – Go to History Tab
    – Choose Quarantined items and click View details
    – Choose the quarantined file you want to restore and click Restore


    Hope this helps 🙂

  17. TheyArentHumans

    Beautiful. THIS IS THE SOLUTION! Thank you.

  18. carmelo Rovetto


  19. James McCoy

    Microsoft is THE Virus, Ever heard of a Mac or a Linux system having a Virus…Nope. Yet Microsoft want;s to charge you for every little thing they can find to make money off… The curse of to the earth!

  20. Thomas Rutgers

    Except… Apple and Linux viruses exist almost just as numerous as Windows. If you haven’t ever heard of them that just means you’ve been living under a rock…

    As with anything, it’s all relative. Hackers create the stuff to steal people’s data. So of course they focus on the market leader product first. That still doesn’t exclude the others. Mac malware is very real and Linux rootkits are quite dangerous.

  21. YoNeighbor

    Excellent. MS tricksters

  22. Spants

    30 minutes of effing around got me to this WORKING fix, finally…mahaloz!

  23. Roman Artyomov

    This sequence applicable ONLY if file was stored locally.
    And it 100% does not work if subject file was on network drive.
    This is Microsoft’s way of thinking, just deal with it.

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