Exploit mitigation or ransomware exclusions: variables

You can use variables when you add exclusions for exploit mitigation or ransomware protection.

Variables

Be careful if you use variables to set up exclusions as they decrease your protection.

Restriction You can only add ransomware protection exclusions if you've joined the Early Access Program.

Variable

Example

$

All available drives.

For example,$\app.exe excludes app.exe on drive C:, drive D:, etc.

$admintools

C:\Users\<user>\Administrative Tools

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools

CSIDL_COMMON_ADMINTOOLS

$appdata

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming

CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA

FOLDERID_LocalAppDataLow

$cache

C:\Users\<user>\Cache

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

CSIDL_INTERNET_CACHE

$clickonce

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Apps\2.0\17NXGR82.QZW\OM7PJJ9G.3YE\cust...app_234e

$commonprogramfiles

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\

C:\Program Files\Common Files

$contacts

C:\users\<user>\Contacts

FOLDERID_Contacts

$desktop

C:\Users\<user>\Desktop

CSIDL_COMMON_DESKTOPDIRECTORY

$downloads

C:\Users\<user>\Downloads

FOLDERID_Downloads

$favorites

C:\Users\<user>\Favorites

$fonts

C:\Windows\Fonts

C:\Users\<user>\Fonts

CSIDL_FONTS

$links

C:\Users\<user>\Links

FOLDERID_Links

$music

C:\Users\<user>\My Music

$nethood

%USERPROFILE%\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts

C:\Users\<user>\NetHood

$personal

C:\Users\<user>\My Documents

$pictures

C:\Users\<user>\My Pictures

$printhood

%USERPROFILE%\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Printer Shortcuts

C:\Users\<user>\PrintHood

$profile

C:\Users\<user>

$programfiles

C:\Program Files (x86)

C:\Program Files

$programs

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

C:\Users\<user>\Programs

CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS

$sendto

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

C:\Users\<user>\SendTo

$startmenu

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

C:\Users\<user>\StartMenu

$startup

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Users\<user>\Startup

CSIDL_COMMON_STARTUP

$system32

C:\Windows\system32

C:\Windows\SysWOW64

$temp

C:\Windows\Temp

%TEMP%

$templates

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates

C:\Users\<user>\Templates

$video

C:\Users\<user>\My Video

$windows

C:\Windows

CSIDL_WINDOWS

$winsxs

C:\Windows\winsxs\*\