These options allow you to set exceptions based on MIME types (content types for the transferred data) and file types for URLs (Internet addresses) for scanning by Web Protection. The MIME types and URLs specified are ignored by Web Protection, i.e. that data is not scanned for viruses and malware when it is transferred to your computer system. (Options available in expert mode only.)
MIME types skipped by Web Protection
File types/MIME types skipped by Web Protection (user-defined)
In this box you can input the name of the MIME types and file types to be ignored by Web Protection during scanning. For file types, enter the file extension, e.g. .htm. For MIME types, indicate the media type and, where applicable, sub-type. The two statements are separated from one another by a single slash, e.g. video/mpeg or audio/x-wav.
No wildcards (* for any number of characters or ? for a single character) can be used when entering file types and MIME types.
All file types and content types on the exclusion list are downloaded into the Internet browser without further scanning of the blocked requests (List of file and MIME types to be blocked in Web Protection > Scan > Blocked requests) or by Web Protection: For all entries on the exclusion list, the entries on the list of file and MIME types to be blocked are ignored. No scan for viruses and malware is performed.
MIME types: Examples for media types:
text = for text files
image = for graphics files
video = for video files
audio = for sound files
application = for files linked to a particular program
Examples of excluded file and MIME types:
audio/ = All audio media type files are excluded from Web Protection scans
video/quicktime = All Quicktime sub-type video files (*.qt, *.mov) are excluded from Web Protection scans
.pdf = All Adobe PDF files are excluded from Web Protection scans.
URLs skipped by Web Protection
In this box you can input URLs (Internet addresses) to be excluded from Web Protection scans, e.g. www.domainname.com. You can specify parts of the URL, using leading or following dots to indicate the domain level: .domainname.com for all pages and all subdomains of the domain. Indicate websites with any top-level domain (.com or .net) with a following dot: domainname.. If you indicate a string without a leading or concluding dot, the string is interpreted as a top-level domain, e.g. net for all NET domains (www.domain.net).
You can also use the wildcard * for any number of characters when specifying URLs. You can also use leading or following dots in combination with wildcards to indicate the domain level:
.*name*.com (valid but not recommended)
Specifications without dots, like *name*, are interpreted as part of a top-level domain and are not advisable.
All websites on the list of excluded URLs are downloaded into the Internet browser without further scanning by Web Protection: No scan for viruses and malware is performed. Only trusted URLs should therefore be excluded from Web Protection scans.
Examples: Skipped URLs
www.avira.com -OR- www.avira.com/*
= All URLs with the domain www.avira.com are excluded from Web Protection scans: www.avira.com/en/pages/index.php, www.avira.com/en/support/index.html, www.avira.com/en/download/index.html, etc.
URLs with the domain www.avira.de are not excluded from Web Protection scans.
avira.com -OR- *.avira.com
= All URLs with the second and top-level domain avira.com are excluded from Web Protection scans: The specification implies all existing subdomains for .avira.com: www.avira.com, forum.avira.com, etc.
avira. -OR- *.avira.*
= All URLs with the second-level domain avira are excluded from Web Protection scans: The specification implies all existing top-level domains or subdomains for .avira: www.avira.com, www.avira.de, forum.avira.com, etc.
All URLs containing a second-level domain with the string domain are excluded from Web Protection scans: www.domain.com, www.new-domain.de, www.sample-domain1.de, …
net -OR- *.net
= All URLs with the top-level domain net are excluded from Web Protection scans: www.name1.net, www.name2.net, etc.
Enter the URLs you want to exclude from the Web Protection scan as precisely as possible. Avoid specifying an entire top-level domain or parts of a second-level domain because there is a risk that Internet pages that distribute malware and undesirable programs will be excluded from the Web Protection scan through global specifications under exclusions. You are recommended to specify at least the complete second-level domain and the top-level domain: domainname.com