We have seen the benefits of an anti-malware rescue disk which is nothing but a CD/DVD disk or an USB stick containing a malware removal software when used as a last resort to clean an excessively infected system. Check our list of FREE Anti-virus rescue disks. Kaspersky Rescue Disk is one of the tool I often recommend using when faced with hard-to-remove malware. This article will give a short overview of the usage of the tool.
Kaspersky Rescue disk includes a heuristic analyzer and it can dis-infect auto-run objects. It comes with a file manager and a Web browser. It includes a network setup manager that has the ability to configure networks including WiFi.
Before you download, just note some minimum requirements for using this tool:
Your system needs CD/DVD Rom drive or USB socket running Windows XP or a later operating system with at least 1 GB of RAM.
- Download Kaspersky Rescue Disk (Direct download).
- Write the downloaded .iso file to a CD or DVD. If you need help, you can find a tutorial at How can I write (burn) ISO files to CD or DVD?.
- Restart and boot your PC from the rescue disk. You can find a short walk-through here at How to boot your PC from the Rescue disk?.
Important: If the Windows operating system is in sleep mode or it was shutdown improperly when booting from the rescue disk, you will be asked by the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to mount the file system or restart the system. If this happens choose to Restart computer as this will allow you to boot from the hard disk to shut down the system correctly. Choosing Skip will only scan boot sectors and auto run objects. Whereas choosing Continue will mount the file system, but there is a high risk of file system damage.
Once the system boots from the rescue disk and loads the Kaspersky interface:
Tip: You can move around the menus by using the cursor moving keys and select an item by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.
- Select your preferred language and then select Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Graphic Mode. Wait while the graphic subsystem loads. You need to accept the license agreement by pressing the key “A” to continue.
- If the Kaspersky virus scanner doesn’t open automatically, you can open it by clicking on “Kaspersky Rescue Disk” from the start menu.
As one is most likely to use a rescue disk when other more conventional methods failed, let’s configure the scanner to its maximum capacity. Mind you this will increase the time taken to complete a full scan.
- On the Objects Scan tab, place a check-mark next to the drive(s) that needs to be scanned. I recommend that all the hard drives may be selected this way. By default Disk boot sectors and Hidden start-up objects are scanned.
- Now open the Kaspersky Rescue disk configuration window by clicking on Settings link.
- In the Settings tab, move up the Current security level slider to High. Maximum protection, recommended for hostile environment. Click Apply and OK to save and close the new settings.
- In the main Window click on Start Objects Scan to start the complete scan of the entire computer.
- When the scan reaches the its end, the scanner pops up an alarm window with information on name of the malware found if any, its location and the recommended action. You can click on the recommended action as and when the alarm pop up appears to clear your system of malware found by Kaspersky.
You can view detailed information on threats eliminated by clicking on the status icon.
Once the task is complete, you can exit Kaspersky Rescue Disk by clicking on the icon located in the left corner of the task-bar and then clicking on Shut down the computer.
When done, remove the rescue disk and restart the system to boot normally from the hard disk. You may also want to change back the boot order in the BIOS settings.
- You can restore the default scan settings by clicking the Settings link in the top portion of the Window and then clicking on Default level.
- The rescue disk can be manually updated from the My Update Center tab.
Have you ever used an anti-virus rescue disk? Please share your experience in the comments section below.
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