I downloaded the Monero GUI wallet. However, my antivirus (AV) software blocks / quarantines the Monero GUI wallet. Is there a work around I can utilize?
A miner is included in the Monero GUI software and, as a result, most anti virus software flags the Monero GUI files as malware and subsequently quarantines them. Fortunately, however, there's a fairly trivial work around you can use. That is:
Create a new directory / folder.
Open your AV software.
Add an exception for the newly created directory / folder. Put differently, you have to whitelist the newly created directory / folder. A guide for Windows Defender can be found here.
.zipfile (in case of Windows) or the
.tar.bz2file (in case of Linux or Mac OS X) to the whitelisted directory / folder.
Note that if you're using Windows and did not install custom anti virus software, Windows Defender is, most likely, acting as active anti virus software.
P.S. We encourage users to check the integrity of the binaries and verify that they were signed by Fluffypony's GPG key. A guide that walks you through this process can be found here for Windows and here for Linux and Mac OS X.