Thank you, this is indeed very helpful.
How save is the folder exclusion ? I never did that as I fear that other, actually malicious software, might be able to read that exclusion and put stuff in there to bypass the AV. I prefer to temporarily turn the AV completely off, it is just annoying if i forget it and the AV deletes a whole bunch of trainers.
It is always strange to see the ebb and flow of false detection and everything being OK. Just like the last trainer version (The Riftbreaker and Far Cry 6 HF3 for example) suddenly triggering Windows Defender again, while the older ones are still fine.
I wonder if it is possible to have a signature based exclusion, so i could trust the CH signed apps and not open a whole folder. But I guess that is the small price we have to pay for the awesome CH trainers and I am absolutely fine with it.
The false detections will sadly never really stop. Thankfully my defender leaves my CH trainers alone, and never bothers me with it. My Defender finds other harmless apps to harass lol.
It is generally safe to exclude a folder, especially if you browse the internet with common sense. I always say that the first and most important thing to stay safe is to use your brain while you browse the internet. Don't click every link, especially if they look fishy or too good to be true.
Here is a link as well that might help clear some things up regarding the exclusions: Link