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Setup Tutorials

How to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7

Follow this step-by-step tutorial to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7.

  1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) and click on “Windows Defender” (1).

    How to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7: Step 1

  2. Click on “Tools” (2) and then on “Options” (3).

    How to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7: Step 2

  3. Click on “Excluded Files and Folders” (4).

    Click on “Add” (5).

    Select the CactusVPN folder (6) (by default it should be located in C:\Program Files (x86)\CactusVPN).

    Click “OK” (7) to add it to the list.

    How to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7: Step 3

  4. Click on “Save” (8).

    How to add exclusions for Windows Defender Firewall in Windows 7: Step 4

  5. Select “Real-time protection” from the left column, check to re-enable “Use real-time protection”, save the change and exit.

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