With the amount of malware being churned out each and every day it definitely pays to have a top quality antivirus program or internet security suite installed on your computer. But what if something slips past your security software? Or worse; you don’t even have any defences?
Its at times like that you will need an anti-malware disk and a rescue disk. Fortunately, Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 qualifies as both of those. And its free.
The Kaspersky Rescue Disk is designed to scan and fix both 32 and 64 bit machines. It can be run from a CD, DVD or USB drive.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
To obtain Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 simply surf over to the company’s technical support page and click on the link which I’ve given a yellow highlight to in the image below:
This will take you to a new page and your download will begin. The file that is saved to your computer is an ISO which means you will need a special program in order to burn the image to a CD/DVD/USB stick. (You can find instructions on how to burn an ISO to disk here)
Once you have your image burned to disk or stick you will need to reboot your computer. If your system boots from your hard drive by default then you will need to go into the BIOS and change that. (You can find a useful guide to doing that here)
Once you have started your computer with the device that has the rescue disk on it set as the first boot device you will be on your way. You’ll have a bit of waiting around to do at this point as the program runs through a lot of tests before the main screen finally appears.
Before proceeding you will be faced with a User Agreement. Its quite long so I haven’t shown all of it below but, basically, you need to scroll to the bottom and click ‘a’ to accept it. Strangely, clicking on a capital ‘A’ does not work, despite seeming to be asked for:
Once you are into the program you will want to run the update task which will obviously bring the antivirus database up to speed. Next up you can run a scan by clicking on Start Objects Scan.
After running this scan, or before if you prefer, you can have a play around with the scan settings in order to get them to meet your own specific requirements.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 also has a file manger built into it that will allow you to view the files on any hard drives that you may have. This could be useful as a last resort if you cannot disinfect your system – you can use the file manager to save your important files, reformat your hard drive and, after resinstalling Windows and security software, then scan those saved files before copying them back to your hard drive.
Another very useful feature with this rescue disk is the fact that you can configure your network adapter (the default settings will likely work for most people) and then gain access to the web via the integrated Firefox web browser.
Network Setup and the Web browser can both be accessed by clicking on the little button in the bottom left corner of the screen, as seen below:
Once on the web you could then use Google to search for answers to any specific problems you may have identified, all without ever having to boot back into Windows.
All in all, Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is an excellent tool to have at your disposal. Even if you don’t need it right now you should download it and burn it to disk or stick it on a USB stick, just in case you need it in the future.
Most computers should have no problems in running it – the system requirements are simple – Windows XP (SP2) / Vista / 7 and both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of the operating system are supported. Download the rescue disk here.