A trusted zone is a system administrator-configured list of objects and applications that Kaspersky Endpoint Security does not monitor when active. In other words, it is a set of scan exclusions.

The administrator forms the trusted zone independently, taking into account the features of the objects that are handled and the applications that are installed on the computer. It may be necessary to include objects and applications in the trusted zone when Kaspersky Endpoint Security blocks access to a certain object or application, if you are sure that the object or application is harmless.

You can exclude the following objects from scanning:

Scan exclusions

A scan exclusion is a set of conditions that must be fulfilled so that Kaspersky Endpoint Security will not scan a particular object for viruses and other threats.

Scan exclusions make it possible to safely use legitimate software that can be exploited by criminals to damage the computer or user data. Although they do not have any malicious functions, such applications can be used as an auxiliary component in malware. Examples of such applications include remote administration tools, IRC clients, FTP servers, various utilities for suspending or concealing processes, keyloggers, password crackers, and auto-dialers. Such applications are not categorized as viruses. Details on legal software that can be used by criminals to harm the computer or personal data are available at the Kaspersky Virus Encyclopedia at https://encyclopedia.kaspersky.com/knowledge/riskware/.

Such applications may be blocked by Kaspersky Endpoint Security. To prevent them from being blocked, you can configure scan exclusions for the applications in use. To do so, add the name or name mask that is listed in the Kaspersky Virus Encyclopedia to the trusted zone. For example, you often use the Radmin application for remote administration of computers. Kaspersky Endpoint Security regards this activity as suspicious and may block it. To prevent the application from being blocked, create a scan exclusion with the name or name mask that is listed in the Kaspersky Virus Encyclopedia.

If an application that collects information and sends it to be processed is installed on your computer, Kaspersky Endpoint Security may classify this application as malware. To avoid this, you can exclude the application from scanning by configuring Kaspersky Endpoint Security as described in this document.

Scan exclusions can be used by the following application components and tasks that are configured by the system administrator:

List of trusted applications

The list of trusted applications is a list of applications whose file and network activity (including malicious activity) and access to the system registry are not monitored by Kaspersky Endpoint Security. By default, Kaspersky Endpoint Security scans objects that are opened, executed, or saved by any program process and controls the activity of all applications and network traffic that is generated by them. Kaspersky Endpoint Security excludes applications in the list of trusted applications from scanning.

For example, if you consider objects that are used by the standard Microsoft Windows Notepad application to be safe without scanning, meaning that you trust this application, you can add Microsoft Windows Notepad to the list of trusted applications. Scanning then skips objects that are used by this application.

In addition, certain actions that are classified by Kaspersky Endpoint Security as suspicious may be safe within the context of the functionality of a number of applications. For example, the interception of text that is typed from the keyboard is a routine process for automatic keyboard layout switchers (such as Punto Switcher). To take account of the specifics of such applications and exclude their activity from monitoring, we recommend that you add such applications to the trusted applications list.

Excluding trusted applications from scanning allows avoiding compatibility conflicts between Kaspersky Endpoint Security and other programs (for example, the problem of double-scanning of the network traffic of a third-party computer by Kaspersky Endpoint Security and by another anti-virus application), and also increases the computer's performance, which is critical when using server applications.

At the same time, the executable file and process of the trusted application are still scanned for viruses and other malware. An application can be fully excluded from Kaspersky Endpoint Security scanning by means of scan exclusions.

Settings of exclusions



Objects for detection

Regardless of the configured application settings, Kaspersky Endpoint Security always detects and blocks viruses, worms, and Trojans. They can cause significant harm to the computer.

  • Viruses and worms
  • Trojans
  • Adware
  • Auto-dialers
  • Malicious tools
  • Multi-packed files
  • Other
  • Packed files that may cause harm

Scan exclusions

This table contains information about scan exclusions.

You can exclude the following objects from scanning:

  • Files of certain formats
  • Selected files
  • Folders
  • Files and folders that are selected by a mask
  • Objects according to the classification of Kaspersky's Virus Encyclopedia

Trusted applications

This table lists trusted applications whose activity is not monitored by Kaspersky Endpoint Security during its operation.

The Application Control component regulates the startup of each of the applications regardless of whether or not the application is included in the table of trusted applications.

Use trusted system certificate store

If the check box is selected, Kaspersky Endpoint Security excludes from scanning the applications signed with a trusted digital signature. The Host Intrusion Prevention component automatically assigns such applications to the Trusted group.

If the check box is cleared, a virus scan is performed regardless of whether or not the application has a digital signature. The Host Intrusion Prevention component assigns applications to trust groups according to the configured settings.

See also: Managing the application via the local interface

Creating a scan exclusion

Modifying a scan exclusion

Deleting a scan exclusion

Enabling and disabling a scan exclusion

Editing the list of trusted applications

Enabling and disabling trusted zone rules for an application in the list of trusted applications

Using trusted system certificate storage

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