The Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

The Virus Rescue disks are valuable tool that can be used to check for malware in instances where your usual antivirus program isn’t working. They’re available for a number of different antivirus vendors and are easy to use, offering users a variety of custom options regarding how they want the software to test their system.

Some offer the familiar desktop experience Some offer users with a collection of bonus tools. For instance, Kaspersky’s rescue disk is powered by the Xfce Linux desktop and features Firefox, Thumar File Manager and a few other apps that can be used for other uses. This rescue disk has a feature which allows you to select the specific files that should be scanned, or to indicate whether you want to ignore files that are larger than a certain size.

Other rescue disks are less sophisticated, including Trend Micro’s, which doesn’t come with a graphic interface and requires you to navigate with the arrow keys. This simple rescue disc is able to make up for the lack of features thanks to its size and displaying a solid track record in the detection of malware during AV-Comparatives’s real-world testing of security.

If you’re looking for a user-friendly product should consider ESET’s SysRescue Live, which features one of the most well-designed and polished interfaces on this list. It’s based on the same antivirus engine as the company’s full-featured program, and its graphical interface has numerous options to select from, such as a smart or custom scan, setting exclusions and deciding whether to run an extensive or quick scan.

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