Caret symbol in exclusion, unable to find this registry key

  • 26 November 2019
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Computer\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders^Personal%\desktop.ini


Can somebody explain what this exclusion is, I’m unable to locate this value in my registry. I can find the values for my User Shell Folders, Personal is Documents, not Desktop.

 Also, what is the caret symbol after Folders, before Personal?


I have two exclusions, one is for Kaspersky, the other is this one. This exclusion list is found in:

  • Settings
  1. Application Control
  2. Manage Resources 
  3. Exclusions


Kaspersky Total Security


If this exclusion is built-in, and something Kaspersky put in then I don’t need to know details, just that it is not something I got after installing a questionable program. 


Best answer by Flood and Flood's wife 26 November 2019, 05:14

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Hello  @LindaMcTrimm


  1. Computer\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders^Personal%\desktop.ini, default, non editable exclusion. 
  2. There should also be a second (Kaspersky) default, non editable exclusion. 

Thank you


Thank you.