Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A lot of top antivirus providers offer a no-cost bootable recovery disk to disinfect your computer after it has been infected. These are essentially Linux-based tools designed to clean an infected computer that won’t start or cannot be examined by a standard antivirus software running in Windows. I would recommend the Kaspersky disc for its simplicity of use (though it might not work with certain Dell systems).

You can also find similar features using the Avira or ESET rescue disks. They have visual interfaces but require an USB or CD device to start. Both of these options can scan and decipher the malware on your PC, however their virus definitions aren’t updated as frequently as the Linux-based rescue disks.

The Trend Micro rescue disk is a good alternative and one of the smallest on this list with around 70MB. It doesn’t come with a graphical interface, but it’s fast and comes with some options for customization. This includes the ability to mount specific files and drive volumes, or even specific folders.

The Comodo Rescue Disk is a great choice for a virus scan, but it isn’t as flexible. the same flexibility as Linux-based options. It is a very effective tool for detecting and eliminating viruses that 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-graphical interface. You can also conduct a smart scan or a custom scan.

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