Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A majority of the top antivirus providers offer a no-cost bootable recovery disk to disinfect your system after being infected. These are tools based on Linux that can be used to clean any computer that is infected by malware if it won’t start up or isn’t scanned by a standard antivirus program running on Windows. I would recommend the Kaspersky disc for its ease of use (though it might not work on some Dell systems).

If you prefer, you can pick up similar features from the Avira and ESET rescue disks which also feature a graphical user interface however, they require the use of a CD or USB device to start. Both of these options will analyze and detect any malware that may be present on your computer. However their virus definitions might not be updated as frequently as the rescue disks for Linux.

The Trend Micro Rescue Disk is another excellent choice. It’s also one of the slimmest disks on this list, with just 70MB. It doesn’t include a graphical user interface, however it runs quickly and offers a few options for customization. These include the ability to scan and mount specific drives, files and even individual folders.

Additionally, you can obtain an effective virus scan using the Comodo rescue disk even though it’s not as flexible as the flexibility of the Linux-based options above. However, it is an efficient tool for detecting and removing virus that can hide 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, and also the option to run a smart or custom scan.