Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A lot of the top antivirus providers provide a free bootable rescue disk that can be used to disinfect your system after an infection. These are essentially Linux-based software designed to disinfect the infected system that will not start up or cannot be scanned from a normal antivirus software running in Windows. For simplicity I recommend the Kaspersky disk (though it will not work on some Dell systems).

If you prefer, you can pick up the same set of features from the Avira and ESET rescue disks, which have a graphical user interface but require the use of a CD or USB device to boot. Both options can scan and decipher any malware that is present on your computer. However their virus definitions may not be constantly updated like the rescue disks for Linux.

The Trend Micro rescue disk is another great option and is among the smallest at just 70MB. It doesn’t come with a graphic user interface but it does work quickly and offers several options for customization. This includes the ability to scan and mount specific files, drive volumes and even specific folders.

The Comodo Rescue Disk is a viable option for a virus scan, although it doesn’t offer the same flexibility as alternatives that run on Linux. It is a very effective tool to detect and eliminate viruses that can hide in Windows files, and thereby preventing detection by antivirus software that is normally used. You can select to use a text-only interface or a full-graphic interface. You can also conduct a smart scan or a custom scan.

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