Virus rescue disks are a useful tool that can be used to search for malware in situations where your normal antivirus program isn’t operating. They’re available for a number of antivirus providers and are simple to use, providing users a range of customizable options in terms of how they want the program to run a scan on their system.
Certain applications provide a more familiar desktop environment, whereas others offer users a selection of free utilities. Kaspersky’s Rescue Disk, for instance, is powered by Xfce Linux and includes Firefox, Thumar File Manager, and a few other apps that can be useful for other functions. The rescue disk also comes with the ability to select specific files to scan with the service, or specify if you would like it to skip files with a certain size.
Other rescue disks aren’t as sophisticated, including Trend Micro’s, which does not provide a user-friendly interface and requires you to navigate using arrow keys. This simple rescue disc compensates for the lack of features thanks to its size and proving to have a strong track record in detecting malware in AV-Comparatives’ real-world protection testing.
ESET’s SysRescue Live is a fantastic alternative for those looking for an interface that is more user-friendly. It features one of the most well-rounded and polished interfaces in this list. It uses the same antivirus engine that powers the full-featured program of the company. The interface’s graphic design allows for a wide range of settings, including the ability to run a smart or customized scan, exclusions or to run a speedy or a full scan.