Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 – Part 2 of 4 (Using 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.

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

Using Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 10
After powering on the PC, the CD should begin its boot up process.
Press any key to continue booting to the Kaspersly Rescue Disk menu

Cursor to select your language, and press the enter key

Select Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Graphic Mode, and press the enter key
The Linux live operating system will load into memory, including available disk and network controllers

You will be presented with an END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT,
Press ‘A’ to accept the User Agreement

The Kaspersky disk will finish its load procedures.
Once it is complete, you will be presented with the Kaspersky Rescue Disk interface
Select the My Update Center Tab

The Databases status should show as out of date.
Select Start Update to download the most current scanning database

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

To begin scanning the PC for viruses, select the Objects Scan tab.  Make sure any drives you want scanned are selected, and then press Start Objects Scan

You’ll be able to monitor the scan progress and will be alerted of any viruses or malware found

 Once the scan is completed, you can disenfect or delete the viruses

After the scan, to view Reports and the Detect Threat status of viruses found, select the Report option from the main interface.

Exiting Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 10
Press the button in the lower left hand corner. From the menu, select Shut down the computer

Select yes to confirm shutdown

The CD proceeds to shutdown.
Eject the CD before restarting your system

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?

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