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Adding Robotic Automation components to the Windows Defender excluded list

Suggest edit Updated on October 13, 2021

Windows Defender is an antivirus, malware, and spyware protection application included in Microsoft Windows 8 and later, replacing Microsoft Security Essentials. The use of Windows Defender is optional.

If you use Windows Defender and Pega Robotic Automation, to ensure optimal performance, add the following Pega Robotic Automation components to the Windows Defender excluded processes list. Otherwise, the unnecessary scanning of routine robotic processes and logging by Windows Defender can slow the performance of your system.

Use Windows Defender to add the Pega Robotic Automation components to the excluded list. For more information, see the Microsoft documentation for Windows Defender.

For 64-bit Pega Robotic Automation components, the following examples show the paths and file names that are used when you install the system in the default locations under the C:\Program Files\ folder:

  • Robot Studio

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Studio 2015\OpenSpan.Studio.Shell.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.Studio.Shell.exe

  • Robot Runtime

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.Runtime.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.Runtime.exe

  • Agile Desktop

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Studio 2015\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe

  • Test Runner

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Studio 2015\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe

For 32-bit Pega Robotic Automation components, the following examples show the paths and file names that are used when you install the system in the default locations under the C:\Program Files (x86)\ folder:

  • Robot Studio

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Studio 2015\OpenSpan.Studio.Shell.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.Studio.Shell.exe

  • Robot Runtime

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.Runtime.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.Runtime.exe

  • Agile Desktop

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.AgileDesktop.exe

  • Test Runner

    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Studio for Microsoft Studio 2015\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 8.0 SP1 and earlier: OpenSpan\OpenSpan Runtime Enterprise\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Studio\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe
    For 19.1 and later: Pegasystems\Pega Robot Runtime\OpenSpan.TestRunner.exe

You can also exclude specific files, such as log files. The following examples show the location of Studio and Runtime log files.

  • Robot Studio

    %Appdata%\OpenSpan\Studio_Log4Net.txt

    %AppData%Pegasystems\StudioLog.txt
    %AppData%Pegasystems\Studio_Log4Net.txt

  • Robot Runtime

    %Appdata%\OpenSpan\Runtime_Log4Net.txt

    %AppData%Pegasystems\RuntimeLog.txt

    %AppData%Pegasystems\Runtime_Log4Net.txt

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