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Kaspersky Rescue Disk beta - remove the really tough viruses

Posted by ClifNotes, Jun 2008, permalinkAnti-Virus ToolsAdware & Spyware Removal


Here's a tool that should help when a virus or other malware has your Windows all tied up in knots. Kaspersky is offering this free boot CD that should allow you to scan for viruses even when you can't get Windows to boot up.


The CD is available as an ISO image download. Most CD or DVD burning software will let you burn an ISO image but if you don't have something that works for you, you can try out IsoBurner.


I want to be clear on one issue. If you happen to already have a paid version of Kaspersky anti-virus, it'll often ask you to create a rescue CD. The rescue CD I'm talking about here is not the same type of CD. This rescue CD should work on most Windows machines. The rescue CD that the Kaspersky AV asks you to make will only work correctly for the machine that created it.


I tried this out by burning a CD and booting up my laptop. It took it's time but once it finished, it ran a copy of Kaspersky Anti-Virus version 9. It sure looked like a full version and it acted like one too. There were the standard options you can expect with a virus scanner.


I scanned my Windows system folder and it took about a half hour. That's not super fast, but if you're in trouble, that's the least of your worries. I wasn't able to find any problems on my laptop, so I can't tell you how well it resolves problems.


I recommend this boot CD, but you need to keep in mind that you should always get a fresh version of it before you use it. That way you'll have the most up to date virus definitions.


Quote from the website

Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a safe way to remove viruses from a computer without the risk of getting infected. Boot from the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to scan and remove threats from an infected computer without the risk of infecting other files or computers.


Burn this ISO image to a CD, insert it into the infected system's CD-ROM drive, enter the PC's BIOS, set it to boot from the CD and reboot the computer.

Download the ISO file: