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.
Some of it’s features are:
- 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
Booting to Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 10
Open your CD/DVD Player and insert the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
Turn on the PC
Note: On some PCs, you may be prompted to select a specific key, or any key to boot from CD
Note: If your PC is not configured to allow booting from a CD, you likely need to enable that option or move the CD/DVD above the hard drive in your boot order from within the BIOS. Below is a set of articles at About.com that covers common methods for accessing your BIOS.
How To Access the BIOS Setup Utility
BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular Computer Systems
BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular Motherboards
BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Major BIOS Manufacturers
After the Virus Definitions are updated, The Databases status should show as up to date.
The Databases release date should be listed with todays date
Note: Unlike the UBCD4Win, which generally uses its RAM drive to store files and updates, the Kaspersky Rescue Disk creates a folder off the root of the PC’s system drive to store the updated anti-virus database. C:\Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10.0
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 1 of 4 (Creating 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?
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