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Eset Endpoint Antivirus 5.2225


with Real-time file system protection Enabled it really slows down the opening of visual studio. From seconds to minutes.


Have tried excluding paths in the client  but only excluding C:\* seems to work or switching off completely.


Is there a way I can work out when I open vs which files it is checking?


Or does anyone have  a working set of exclusions for Visual Studio ?


Or is there any other way of avoiding this?

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Hi chrispduck,


Our company uses Visual Studio, but since our environment may differ completely from yours, this is how we managed our excludes. We had R&D run a compile on their code. The code is dedicated on a drive letter. Even if the code is in the C:, we have them make a drive letter out of that folder using the subst command. That drive letter is excluded from any activity. From there, we have R&D watch the statistics page make excludes where we see prudent. This would be directories that would exist in Program Files, the Users temp directory and some Windows folders as well.

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I would just start by excluding the Program Files directory for VStudio and move forward from there. I know we have about 20 directory or file excludes to help our R&D get the best performance of out VStudio while compiling code.

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Please log system operations using Process Monitor while reproducing the issue. After you've successfully reproduced the issue, compress the log, upload it to a safe location and pm the the download link.

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If possible, please share your findings with us as there can be also other users who might be interested in knowing what files or folders need to be excluded.

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Well, here are the excludes we have set, but just remember that this may be unique to what others may need for their development platform.

C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\*.*
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\*.*
C:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\*.*
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\*.*
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\*.*
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\*.*

We have others that are unique to our builds as well, which include excluding Phython as well as our build directories and application directories.

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  • 11 months later...


After today's update of ESET Endpoint Security, my Visual Studio web project has suddenly stop working with http 404.

I am using local IIS server for developement with fixed port number for the project (e.g.: hxxp://localhost:30321/)

I do not know what the problem exactly is, but i have found other people had similar issues in the past, see for example:


The suggested solution in the above stackoverflow discussion does not work however, since in our product there is no webbrowsers list from which I could exclude web developement server.

So the question is, where and how can I modify the protection setting to disallow changes to port numbers or to completely disallow security scans/filters for my develepement project in http(s)://localhost  ?

Thanks in advance

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