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

Avira AntiVir Rescue System
The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is a linux-based application that allows the accessing of computers that will not boot or are otherwise unusable due to virus or malware infection. It is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections. You can donwload the rescue system package and 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.

Downloading the Avira Antivir Rescue System
Go to the Avira AntiVir Rescue System page
Download the Avira AntiVir Rescue System ISO image file to your hard drive.

Burning the Avira AntiVir Rescue System 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 Avira AntiVir Rescue System to CD Using Windows 7
If you have Windows 7, you can simply insert a CD into your burner, right click on the rescue_system-common-en.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 Avira AntiVir Rescue System 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 Avira AntiVir Rescue System ISO (rescue_system-common-en.iso) and select it for burning.

After selecting the ISO file, you should notice the following information
Source – rescue_system-common-en.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 Avira AntiVir Rescue System CD.

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

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

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]