This guide will help you allow or unblock a program or game If your copy of Windows Defender won’t let you run a program, app or game.
We have used a Windows 11 powered device for this guide. You can follow this tutorial for Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
Is There Any Risk If Windows Defender Won’t Let Me Run A Program/App/Game?
Before proceeding, please keep in mind that this process may expose you to viruses, malware, and other security threats. Only Allow Windows Defender to run programs and games you have obtained or bought from a trusted source.
Pirated software, games, and other content that appears to be free is actually not free and contains malware, ransomware, adware, and other things. Malware and other things could be used to carry out criminal activities on your device without your knowledge or consent.
The real danger comes from ransomware. Once it gets into your hard drive, It locks your family pictures, videos and other data, and you are demanded to pay ransom money to get a decryption key to unlock your data.
Windows is harmed by pirated games, software, and other things. As a result of installing pirated software or games, your copy of Windows gets corrupted and performs slowly.
Additionally, your PC may refuse to boot the next time you turn it on. Finally, you may encounter a blue screen of death as well.
It has become more challenging to use pirated software than it was easy and effective in the old days on Windows 7 and Windows XP.
Windows 7 and Windows XP were not equipped with a native antivirus. But Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 11 come packed with Windows Defender that is effective, frequently and regularly updated.
Windows Defender immediately blocks suspicious behavior and notifies you whenever it finds anything suspicious.
Pirated software and games are not the only ones blocked by Windows Defender. You can also have this problem with legitimate software and games you have bought.
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How To Make Windows Defender Or Windows Security Let Run A Blocked Program/App/Game?
You will have to add an “Exclusion” to exclude a software, app or game from being scanned by Windows Defender. After that, no software, app or game will be blocked by Windows Defender.
To add an exclusion, open up Windows Defender or Windows Security.
Click on Virus & Threat Protection option.
Now go to Virus & Threat Protection settings.
Scroll down the page until you find the Exclusion option.
Click on Add Or Remove Exclusions option.
Click Add An Exclusion and select the File option.
Now locate and select software or game you want to unblock or allow in Windows Defender.
Blocked software or games should work fine.
Suggested – How To Permanently Disable Windows Defender?
Is Adding Exclusions In Windows Defender/Windows Security A Permanent Solution?
Adding an exclusion is not a permanent solution. This works as a temporary fix. Windows Defender will block it again after the next restart, and you will need to repeat the process.
Hopefully, the given instructions help you get rid of this annoying situation, If your copy of Windows Defender won’t let you run a program or game.
We highly suggest adding exclusions only for legitimate third-party programs and games.
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