Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 1 of 4 (Creating the Rescue Disk)

Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 10
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is a free downloadable software program designed to scan and disinfect Windows based Personal Computers (PCs) that have been severely infected by a virus or viruses. 

The Kaspersky Rescue Disk is downloaded from the Kaspersky website as an ISO image file.  Once downloaded it can be burned to a CD or written to a removable USB device, such as a flash drive.  The resulting CD or flash drive is bootable and provides an isolated environment from which to run virus scans and attempt to disinfect the PC.

A Windows based PC with anti-virus protection that is kept current is generally safe from attack by PC viruses, however, there are a number of situations where a system can still become infected by a virus; and a system can become unusable if hit by a nasty enough virus or multiple viruses.

The Kaspersky Rescue Disk can be used when a virus infection is so severe that it is not possible to disinfect the computer using the installed anti-virus application or anti-malware programs, or if the installed anti-virus program has been disabled or broken by the virus itself. 

Unlike the UBCD4Win project, which has dozens of great tools, including anti-virus and anti-malware programs, the Kaspersky Rescue Disk is designed with a single use in mind. You use it to create a bootable CD that can safely scan for and clean viruses using read-only media and an uninfected memory space.

Features include:

  • Easily create a bootable Rescue Disk from the downloaded ISO file
  • The ISO file can also be loaded for use from a USB drive using Kaspersky’s rescue2usb utility
  • Scan for and clean viruses using read-only media (CD) and an uninfected memory space
  • Good support for drive controllers (including some RAID) and network cards
  • Once booted you can update the anti-virus database to the newest defnitions before starting your scan
  • Good documentation.  An 80 page manual in PDF format is available for download along with the ISO file


Downloading Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 10
Go to MooreMN Downloads or the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 page
Download the Kaspersky Rescue Disk ISO image file and the User Guide to your hard drive.

Burning the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to CD
After downloading the ISO image file you will need a software program capable of burning an ISO image to CD.  An ISO file is a disc image format that needs to be burned to a CD in a specific way to assure you will be able to use the resulting CD and access its features.  Within your CD/DVD burning software program, look for an option to burn an image .  Most CD/DVD burning programs can normally burn their own propriatary image format as well as an ISO image file to a CD.  Also, Windows 7 has a utility that allows you to burn an ISO image to disc.

Some CD software burning programs that can burn an ISO image to CD include:

  • Alcohol 120%
  • Ashampoo Burning Studio
  • CDBurnerXP
  • Daemon Tools Pro
  • ImgBurn
  • MagicISO
  • Nero Burning ROM
  • PowerISO
  • Windows Disc Image Burner (This is a native function within Windows 7)

Within your CD/DVD burning software, look for an indication that you are writing or burning an image file to disc.  You will want to look for an option such as:

  • Write image file to disc
  • Burn image
  • Burn an image file

Burning the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to CD Using Windows 7
If you have Windows 7, you can simply insert a CD into your burner, right click on the kav_rescue_10.iso file, and select Burn disc image. This will open Windows Disc Image Burner. Just click on the Burn button to create your CD.

Burning the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to CD Using ImgBurn
Here is an example using ImgBurn, which is a freeware program capable of burning many image formats to a CD, including the ISO image format.  To burn an ISO image to a CD using ImgBurn, open the program and select Write image file to disc

From the window that opens, click on the folder icon to the right of Please select a file
browse to the folder containing the Kaspersky Rescue Disk ISO (kav_rescue_10.iso) and select it for burning.

After selecting the ISO file, you should notice the following information
Source – kav_rescue_10.iso  –  This is the image file to be burned
File Sys – ISO9660 (Bootable), Joliet – This indicates you are burning a bootable ISO image
Ready – In the lower left hand corner, it will say ‘Ready’, indicating it’s ok to burn the CD.

Now simply click on the burn button, as shown here to create a Kaspersky Rescue CD.

Once the CD is burned, you will have a tool that can help you recover from a major virus attack.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 2 of 4 (Using the Rescue Disk)

Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 3 of 4 (Using the Rescue2USB Application)

Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 4 of 4 (Conclusion)

What is Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10?

How to record Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 to an USB device and boot my computer from it