Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

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A lot of the top antivirus providers offer a free bootable recovery disk for disinfecting your computer after an infection. These are tools based on Linux that can be used to cleanse the computer of malware when it isn’t able to start or be scanned by an antivirus program that is running on Windows. I would recommend the Kaspersky disc for its simplicity of use (though it might not work on some Dell systems).

You can also find similar features using the Avira or ESET rescue disks, which come with a graphical interface but need an USB or CD device to start. Both of these options can identify and scan for malware on your computer, but their virus definitions aren’t updated as frequently as Linux-based rescue disks.

The Trend Micro rescue disk is another great option and one of the smallest options on this list at around 70MB. It doesn’t feature a graphical user interface, however it runs quickly and provides a number of customization options including the capability to scan and mount specific volume volumes, files and even specific folders.

In the end, you can download a good virus scan from the Comodo rescue disk, but it’s not quite as flexibility of the alternatives based on Linux. It is however a very effective tool for detecting and removing viruses that can hide themselves in Windows files to thwart detection by traditional antivirus programs. You can choose between either a text-only or a fully graphical interface, and also the option to run an intelligent or custom scan.

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