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The Best Antivirus Rescue Disks

The Virus Rescue disks are a valuable tool that can be used to search for malware in cases where your usual antivirus program isn’t operating. They are available from a variety of antivirus vendors and are easy to use. Users can personalize the way the program checks the system.

Some provide a more familiar desktop environment, whereas others provide users with a variety of free tools. Kaspersky’s Rescue Disk for instance, is powered by Xfce Linux and includes Firefox, Thumar File Manager, as well as a handful of other apps that are useful for different uses. This rescue disk also has a feature that allows you to choose specific files for the scanning service or indicate if you want it to skip files with a certain size.

Other rescue disks are less sophisticated, including Trend Micro’s, which doesn’t come with a graphic interface and requires you to navigate with the arrow keys. This basic rescue disk however, makes up the lack of features with its small download size and an excellent track of detecting malware in the real-world tests conducted by AV-Comparatives.

If you’re looking for a user-friendly choice should look at ESET’s SysRescue Live it has one of the most polished and well-rounded interfaces on this list. It utilizes the same antivirus engine that powers the full-featured software from the company. The graphical interface offers a variety of customisation options, such as an intelligent or customized scan, exclusions, and whether to run a fast or deep scan.

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