Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A majority of the top antivirus providers offer a bootable recovery disk to disinfect your system after being infected. These are tools based on Linux that can be used to cleanse any computer that is infected by malware if it’s not able to start up or can’t be scanned by the standard antivirus program running on Windows. For ease of use I suggest the Kaspersky disk (though it won’t work on certain Dell systems).

Alternately, you can avail similar features from the Avira and ESET rescue disks which also include a user interface with graphics but require the use of a CD or USB device to start. Both options can search for and decipher any malware that is present on your computer. However the virus definitions may not be updated as frequently as the Rescue Disks that are Linux-based.

The Trend Micro rescue disk is a good alternative and one of the smallest options on this list at just 70MB. It does not have an interface with graphical graphics, however it’s fast and comes with some options for customization. These include the ability to mount specific files, drive volumes or even individual folders.

The Comodo Rescue Disk is a viable option for a virus scan, but it isn’t as flexible. the same flexibility as the Linux-based options. It’s a powerful tool for detecting and eliminating the type of viruses that hide in Windows files, and thereby preventing detection by standard antivirus software. You can select between a text-only or a full graphical interface, as well as the option of running a smart or custom scan.

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