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CrashPlan For Home And Antivirus Software

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    Overview

    Most people use antivirus software on computers backed up with CrashPlan without any special configuration. However, if you would like to optimize the efficiency of your backup and your antivirus scans, there are several exemptions you can make in both CrashPlan and your antivirus software.

    Exclude CrashPlan from your antivirus scan

    CrashPlan can work alongside most antivirus programs without any problems. However, certain software configurations can cause CrashPlan and an antivirus program to compete for access to files or system resources. As a result, we recommend configuring your antivirus program to exempt CrashPlan's data folders and system processes. See External Resources below for links on how to exclude files from scans for several popular antivirus applications.

    Ignoring CrashPlan's data folders and runtime processes does not risk your system security. CrashPlan backs up your existing files, but only creates two types of files.

    Backup archives

    Backup archives only contain compressed and encrypted versions of data that is already stored elsewhere. Furthermore, malicious files cannot activate or spread while in a compressed and encrypted form. To detect malicious files, scan the source, not the backup archive.

    The default location of backup archives varies by operating system:

    • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, Server 2008, and Server 2012: C:\ProgramData\CrashPlan\backupArchives
      To view this hidden folder, open a file browser and paste the path in the address bar. If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy for file locations.
    • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\CrashPlan\backupArchives
      If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy for file locations.
    • OS X: /Library/Application Support/CrashPlan/BackupArchives
    • Linux: /usr/local/var/crashplan/
    • Solaris: /opt/sfw/crashplan/backupArchives/

    Cache files

    CrashPlan's cache files are benign records of CrashPlan's operations and activity, and therefore they can be ignored by antivirus scans.

    The default location of the CrashPlan cache varies by operating system:

    • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, Server 2008, and Server 2012: C:\ProgramData\CrashPlan\cache
      To view this hidden folder, open a file browser and paste the path in the address bar. If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy for file locations.
    • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\CrashPlan\cache
      To view this hidden folder, open a file browser and paste the path in the address bar. If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy for file locations.
    • OS X: /Library/Caches/CrashPlan
      If you installed per user, see the file and folder hierarchy.
    • Linux: /usr/local/crashplan/cache
    • Solaris: /opt/sfw/crashplan/cache

    Exclude your antivirus from CrashPlan's file selection

    To optimize backup performance and avoid unnecessary use of your system resources and bandwidth, we recommend changing your CrashPlan file selection to exclude antivirus definitions and caches:

    • Antivirus applications often update and download new definition files, which define how the application detects viruses on your system.
    • There is no need to restore definition files, as they are downloaded when installing the antivirus application
    • As antivirus programs scan your computer, they create cache files and the need to restore the cache files is very unlikely
    • Program and application files should not be backed up with CrashPlan

    Antivirus software conflicts

    Antivirus software is designed to protect your system against unknown applications and unauthorized Internet activity. Consequently, you may need to add the CrashPlan app as an approved application (sometimes called adding an exception) in your antivirus or security software in order for the CrashPlan app to function properly. If you think there might be a conflict between CrashPlan and your antivirus article, see our guide to resolving conflicts.