25 Sep The Best Antivirus Rescue Disks
If malware is preventing you from being able to run standard antivirus software bootable rescue disks could aid. These disks let you scan your PC without Windows and often find the files that antivirus software could miss. Certain tools can scan for the Master Boot Record of the hard drive. This is a function that is particularly useful in removing persistent or difficult-to-clean threats.
These bootable tools come with an interface that is text-based. However, many provide options for customization, so you can select to only scan certain types of files or folders, or even select specific size of files. The most effective of these tools offer a graphical interface and support for more advanced threats like rootkits and certain types of ransomware.
AVG Rescue CD is a good example, featuring a simple but well-organized GUI and many scanning options. It’s also among the few that offer the full MBR scan, which is usually impossible to perform from an unbootable program. It’s not the most efficient program on this list however, and its text-only user interface isn’t for everyone.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk is another great option that is fast and well-designed user interface. It also supports more advanced viruses. It has features are not often found in other bootable antivirus software that include the ability to scan boot sectors, hidden startup objects as well as fileless files and the entire hard drive. You can also set exclusions to reduce the time it takes to scan. It detected all malware we sent, even those that were not detected by other antivirus software.