Avira AntiVir Rescue System – Part 2 of 4 (Using the Rescue Disk)

Avira AntiVir Rescue System
The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows the accessing of computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections. Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer. The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available.

Booting to the Avira Antivir Rescue System

Open your CD/DVD  Player and insert the Antivir Rescue System 

Turn on the PC

If your PC is configured to allow booting from your DVD/CD player, the Rescue Disk should start booting.  If the PC does not boot to the CD automatically during the initial boot process, you may have an option to either select a specific key, or press any key to to boot from CD.  If the PC is not configured to allow booting  from a CD, you likely need to enable and configure that option from within the BIOS.  One example of how to access the BIOS and Boot Menu options is shown in the image here.

With a VMWare BIOS:
You enter the BIOS using the F2 key (see 1)
You enter the Boot Menu using the escape key (see 2)

Note:  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 the Avira Antivir Rescue System CD
Once the PC is powered on and begins its boot up process, the Avira Antivir Rescue System Boot Menu appears.
The default Antivir Rescue System option starts by default after 10 seconds.  The default option will boot up the AntiVir Rescue System CD. If you encounter issues with viewing subsequent screens, you can select one of the other boot options and select a different screen resolution by entering a number from one thru five and pressing the enter key.

Once the  Antivir Rescue System CD completes its startup, you will see the default language is German. You can change to english by clicking on the english language option button, identified by an image of the British flag.

Click on the Update button to update the virus definitions.

Press Yes to update the Avira Antivir Rescue System

If the Avira Antivir Rescue System CD is able to complete a connection to the internet, it will update your virus definitions

Select the Configuration button.
By default, the Avira Antivir Rescue System only scans and reports the viruses found.

Action at malware discovery
This section allows you to choose what AntiVir will do when it detects a virus or other malware.  To insure that viruses are removed from your system, select the following 2 options:

  • Try to repair infected files
    If this option is enabled, AntiVir repairs detected files automatically, if it is possible to repair them.
  • Rename files, if they cannot be removed?
    If this option is enabled, the Scanner renames detected files that cannot be repaired. Direct access to these files (e.g. with double-click) is therefore no longer possible. Files can later be repaired and given their original names again

To begin scanning your system, select Virus scanner from the left hand menu, then press Start scanner

Once the Avira Antivir Rescue System has completed its scan and repairs, you can view the actions taken from the Last Message: window.

To shutdown the Avira Antivir Rescue System CD, select Miscellaneous from the left hand menu, then press Shutdown

Press Shutdown to confirm.

Avira AntiVir Rescue System – Part 1 of 4 (Creating the Rescue Disk)

Avira AntiVir Rescue System – Part 3 of 4 (Creating a Bootable USB Flash Drive)

Avira AntiVir Rescue System – Part 4 of 4 (Conclusion)

Avira AntiVir Rescue System


Tutorial for Avira Rescue CD

Booting the Avira AntiVir Rescue System from USB flash drives or SD(HC) memory cards [version 3.6.9 with internet update function]