So you got yourself a case of some nasty virus and your Windows cannot be booted anymore. I am sorry to hear that but today is your luck day! I came across a free boot cd from Avira that will scan and remove viruses from your Windows Machine! Avira has been around as a security company for over 20 years. They sell and support security products. That means this is all they do.
I had a machine that was badly damaged and infected after being without antivirus for a bunch of months. When I got it I wouldn’t even connect it to my network. I was going to boot to Knoppix and have at it but I decided to give Avira’s AntiVir Rescue System a Go.
The images below are not from my actual rescue but I went back to capture these images for the article. I was not able to capture the screenshots in my normal manner due to not being in Windows. So the shots are either from my digital camera or from Avira’s website. Please bare with me.
I downloaded the days current ISO. This ISO contains your bootdisk and virus definitions. Once you burn the ISO or disk image (you may use one of free Nero alternatives for that) you can boot your computer to it. To boot to your CD-Rom you will need to have the burnt cd in the drive and then restart your computer. When the bios screen shows up you should see something in the upper right hand corner that says press F12 for boot menu or something similar. Hit F12 and then choose your CD-Rom as the boot device. You will see AntiVir load. Then you will see a screen similar to the one below. The date after the version number should be today’s date. The date on the shot below is 10/9/2009 from 10:43:09.
I hit 1 and then enter. AntiVir Rescue System will continue to boot. You would hit 2 if you just want to boot into your normal operating system.
Once the program starts it will be in German. Simply hit the UK flag to change the language to English. In case you don’t know what the British Flag looks like it is the second one, it is Red White and Blue. You can see it in the image below.
Hit the configuration button on the left and choose your options. I selected Smart Scan and allowed it to clean my files. If it can not be remove it will rename them.
You can also choose if you want it to remove dialers, jokes, games or spyware.
Next we need to tell it what to scan. Do you see the directory box at the bottom? I circled it in red below. You need to hit that and browse to your Windows Installation.
For this machine it is in SDA1. Simply look at each of them and try and locate the Windows directory or Documents and Settings. When you find those folders you found your Windows Installation. Then hit Virus Scanner on the left followed by Start Scan.
Your scan will run with your options and in the end hopefully it will turn out as well as it did for me.
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