Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A majority of the top antivirus providers provide a free bootable recovery disk that can be used to clean your system after being infected. These are essentially Linux-based software created to clean up the infected system that will not start up or isn’t scan with a standard antivirus software running in Windows. I suggest the Kaspersky disc for its simplicity of use (though it may not work with certain Dell systems).

There are similar features when you purchase the Avira or ESET rescue disks, which have an interactive interface, but require the use of a USB/CD device to start. Both of these options will scan and decipher any malware that may be present on your computer. However their virus definitions may not be updated as frequently as rescue disks based on Linux.

The Trend Micro Rescue Disk is another good choice. It’s also among the smallest disks on this list, at around 70MB. It does not have a graphical interface, but it’s fast and comes with several options for customization. These include the ability to mount specific files and drive volumes, and even individual folders.

Additionally, you can obtain a reliable virus scan with the Comodo rescue disk, but it’s not quite as flexibility of the Linux-based options mentioned above. It is, however, an efficient tool to detect and eliminate viruses that can hide themselves in Windows files in order to avoid detection by antivirus programs that are normally used. You can choose between either a text-only or a fully graphical interface, as well as the option to run a custom or smart scan.

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