BitDefender Rescue CD Removes Viruses When All Else Fails

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system rescue cdThere’s not many people who claim to love computer viruses, except for the people who make money from them. If you’re not among that small group of people you presumably hate the things.

I recently shared the 10 best free antivirus programs, and these tools are all worth checking out. Some scan constantly to protect, while others are great failsafes for when something slips through the cracks. Sometimes, however, none of these programs will work, because Windows simply won’t start or the virus is blocking the installation of other anti-virus programs (even in safe mode!)

In situations like these you need an antivirus that runs on an operating system other than your default.


You could attempt to get your antivirus program of choice running from a self-built Windows live CD, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler I highly recommend the BitDefender Rescue CD.

Getting Started

This little-advertised free product can scan your unbootable or corrupt Windows setup safely from a Linux Live CD.

Don’t panic! You don’t need to know anything about Linux to use this disk. All you need to know how to do is burn an ISO and boot from it.

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To start go ahead and download the ISO file from BitDefender’s semi-secret system rescue CD site. Now you need to burn it. You can probably use whatever CD burning application your computer has, but if you need a simple free one for Windows I recommend one of these free alternatives to Nero, any of which can burn ISO images.

Finally, you need to boot from your CD. How to do this varies from computer to computer, but typically you need to press a certain button as the computer’s manufacturer displays on the screen. On a Dell, for example, one usually presses F12 to bring up the boot menu. Select your CD drive to boot from and the Bitdefender Rescue CD should start.

Scan Of Hard Drive

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Make sure your computer has access to the Internet before you start your scan, so BitDefender can update. Plugging your computer directly to the Internet is your best bet, but you might be able to get the Wireless working by using the networking icon on the bottom panel.

It really doesn’t get more complicated than that. Bitdefender will start and will scan everything on your system, removing any malware that might be making your system unwieldy.

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Once the scan is done BitDefender will remove the infections and hopefully leave you with a completely clean computer.

Other Tools

A number of other useful tools are included on the BitDefender Rescue CD, including:

Licensing

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Note that the virus scanning portion of this Live CD cannot legally be used for business purposes. The only exception is if you’ve purchased a license for use with this tool.

Conclusion

There you have it: a tool that can remove viruses from systems that seemingly can’t run any antivirus applications. Be sure to install proper protection after you clean everything out!

Does this seem useful to you in a jam? Do you have any stories about this tool, or one like it, working? Or do you have any similar tools to recommend? Commenting is awesome, and can even make you awesome, so you should do so.

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Comments (9)
  • rixg

    AVG has a similar product but much smaller ISO as it has only virus scanning. It can update from a live internet connection as can Bit Defender as noted above. You can read all about it here: http://www.avg.com/ca-en/22638
    I have used it with good success.

  • rixg

    AVG has a similar product but much smaller ISO as it has only virus scanning. It can update from a live internet connection as can Bit Defender as noted above. You can read all about it here: http://www.avg.com/ca-en/226386
    I have used it with good success.

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  • Jonah

    Been using this CD for some time now to start broken Windows PCs, very useful. I would not say it does the job every time but probably 95% of the 50 or so times I have resorted to this it has removed the virus / malware infection and sorted the machine without a full re-install. If nothing else it disables the malware so I can boot and have a look at the problem.

    Jonah

  • Jonah

    Been using this CD for some time now to start broken Windows PCs, very useful. I would not say it does the job every time but probably 95% of the 50 or so times I have resorted to this it has removed the virus / malware infection and sorted the machine without a full re-install. If nothing else it disables the malware so I can boot and have a look at the problem.

    Jonah

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