Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

A majority of the top antivirus providers provide a free bootable recovery disk that can be used to clean your computer after it has been infected. These are essentially Linux-based tools created to clean up an infected computer that doesn’t start up or can’t be checked by a regular antivirus program running in Windows. For convenience I recommend the Kaspersky disk (though it won’t work with certain Dell systems).

You can also access similar features on the Avira or ESET rescue disks, which feature a graphical interface but need an USB or CD device to start. Both options can detect and identify any malware on your system. However their virus definitions may not be updated as frequently as the rescue disks based on Linux.

The Trend Micro rescue disk is another good choice and one of the smallest on this list at around 70MB. It doesn’t include a graphical user interface, however it runs quickly and offers several options for customization, including the capability to mount and scan specific volumes, files, and even individual folders.

The Comodo Rescue Disk is a viable option to run a virus scanner, however it doesn’t have the same flexibility as the alternatives that run on Linux. However, it is an effective tool for detecting and deleting viruses that can hide themselves in Windows files in order to avoid detection by traditional antivirus programs. You can select between a either a text-only or a fully graphical interface, as well as the option of running a smart or custom scan.

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