22 Bootable Antivirus Rescue Disks (ISO) Download List

If we are troubleshooting a system, it is important to have all the necessary tools and software with us, which can help us fix problems. One of the problems we may encounter is an unbootable PC. In this scenario, none of the tools will work, as the PC can’t boot into any Operating System. In this situation, a bootable rescue disc comes in handy.

If you don’t have a good antivirus installed on your system, the virus will corrupt your system to the extent it won’t boot. In this case, you can easily use one of the Rescue ISO files to disinfect the system and make it bootable again.

In this article, we will discuss the security rescue discs provided by the antivirus companies. These bootable rescue discs can clean your system from viruses, even if your system can’t start.

List of Antivirus Rescue CDs

Bitdefender Rescue CD

Bitdefender offers a very simple Rescue ISO image that can be burned, booted from a CD-ROM or USB drive, and scan every system for viruses. The Rescue CD can also update itself automatically, but it will require an Internet connection for updating.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online

Download Bitdefender Rescue CD

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Kaspersky Rescue Disk comes with a file manager, a registry editor, and a web browser, which you can run while starting your system with Kaspersky Rescue Disk. This gives a power user an additional advantage of troubleshooting an unbootable system, apart from scanning for viruses.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online and Offline

Download Kaspersky Rescue Disk

AVG Rescue CD

AVG Rescue CD is a text-based bootable solution to corrupted systems due to viruses. It will even scan inside your archives to remove any threats from an unbootable system.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux – text based

Signature Update Method: Online

Download AVG Rescue CD

Avast Rescue CD

Avast lets you create a Rescue CD or USB from its own installation. You cannot download it separately. To make a rescue CD, you will need to install Avast antivirus and then create the bootable media of your choice.

To create Avast Rescue Disk, go to Tools –> Rescue Disk and follow the instructions to complete making your bootable rescue CD or USB.

Avira Rescue System

Avira Rescue System scans for malware on a system that is unbootable or generally becomes unresponsive. It can boot into the system and find viruses and other malware.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online

Download Avira Rescue System

F-Secure Rescue CD

F-Secure Rescue CD contains the Knoppix derivative of the Linux operating system, which can run completely from a CD and allows access to your PC’s operating system and hard disks.

Once booted, you can check the installed programs and perform more advanced repair and data recovery operations.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online

Download F-Secure Rescue CD

VIPRE Rescue CD

VIPRE Rescue is designed to disinfect and clean systems with no antivirus installed, and the virus has made it bootable.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online

Download VIPRE Rescue

Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO

Panda Cloud Cleaner, in addition to cleaning unbootable systems, can also scan and disinfect VMWare images.

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux command line

Signature Update Method: Online

Download Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO

Dr. Web LiveDisk

If malicious programs make it impossible to boot a computer running Windows, recover the affected system for free using Dr. Web LiveDisk!

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux command line

Signature Update Method: Online

Download Dr. Web LiveDisk for burning to CD/DVD

Download Dr. Web LiveDisk to create a bootable USB drive

Sophos Bootable Antivirus

Sophos has a not-so-friendly download and installation procedure for its bootable antivirus. You will need additional steps such as signing up for a Sophos account to get the bootable image.

Download Sophos Bootable Antivirus

Trend Micro Rescue Disk

Trend Micro Rescue Disk allows you to use a CD, DVD, or USB drive to examine your computer without launching Microsoft Windows. It can scan hidden files, system drivers, and the Master Boot Record (MBR) of your computer’s hard drive without disturbing the operating system.
Download trend Micro Rescue Disk

VBA32 Rescue

In addition to scanning for viruses, Vba32 allows the user to copy important files from the corrupted system. If the system remains unbootable even after scanning, you may backup your important data. Some features of Vba32 rescue:

  • Free of charge
  • Fast boot
  • Ability to scan with individual settings
  • Media release mode
  • Automatically configure the network environment
  • Ability to update without downloading the full image
  • Ability to save updated image to the USB-drive
  • Ability to create bootable USB-drives in Windows, Linux and Vba32 Rescue environment
  • Contains mhdd and memtest utilities

Price: Free

Format: ISO

Operating System: Linux

Signature Update Method: Online

Download Vba32 Rescue

Windows Defender Offline

Windows Defender Offline is Microsoft’s own troubleshooting tool, which scans for viruses in a non-bootable Windows installation. There are two versions of Windows Defender Offline for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Download the appropriate tool from the link below, run the utility, follow the four steps and create a bootable CD/USB of Windows Defender Offline.

Windows Defender Offline

Download Windows Defender Offline 32-bit

Download Windows Defender Offline 64-bit

Zillya Live CD

Some features of Zillya Live CD include:

  • With this disk, you can restore the normal operating of Windows system, damaged due to virus attack.
  • Running an alternative operating system will reopen the files on your computer.
  • You can transfer all your important documents on USB-carriers.
  • You can scan your computer for viruses and if necessary to clean the infected files.
  • Starting the scanning is also possible in safe Windows mode.
  • Thus, this software can be used as additional antivirus protection to already installed antivirus on your PC.

Download Zillya Live CD

Trinity Rescue Kit CD

Some of the features of Trinity Rescue Kit CD include the following:

  • Easily reset Windows passwords with the improved WinPass tool
  • Simple and easy menu interface
  • 5 different virus-scan products integrated into a single uniform command line with online update capability
  • Full NTFS write support thanks to ntfs-3g
  • Winclean, a utility that cleans up all sorts of unnecessary temporary files on your computer.
  • Clone computers over the network via multi-cast.
  • Wide range of hardware support (kernel 2.6.35 )
  • Contributed backup utility called “pi” to automate local machine backups
  • Easy script to find and mount all local file systems
  • Self-update capability to include and update all virus scanners + local changes you made to TRK.
  • Full proxy server support.
  • Run a samba file server (Windows like file-sharing)
  • Run the ssh server
  • Recovery and undeletion of files with utilities and procedures
  • Recovery of lost partitions
  • Evacuation of dying disks
  • Full read/write and rpm support
  • UTF-8 international character support (select keyboard language from the scrollable text menu at startup)
  • 2 rootkit detection utilities
  • Most software is updated to recent versions
  • Literally thousands of changes and bug fixes since version 3.3
  • Elaborate documentation, including man pages for all commands

Download Trinity Rescue Kit

Note: Trinity Rescue Kit has not been updated since 2011, so I would not recommend using it at least for virus scanning.

Comodo Rescue Disk

Comodo Rescue is a free bootable antivirus program that can clean your system from viruses, rootkits and other malware. It supports heuristics scanning, options to skip large files for quick scanning, and can scan archives.

Download Comodo Rescue Disk

eScan Rescue Disk

eScan Rescue Disk provides you with a Windows based clean environment that helps you scan and clean the system, but also fix the Windows registry changes done by viruses.

Download eScan Rescue Disk

ESET SysRescue

ESET SysRescue Live is a malware cleaning tool that runs independently of the operating system from a CD, DVD, or USB. It has direct access to the disk and file system, and therefore can remove the most persistent threats.

Download ESET SysRescue ISO (Direct download link)

Download ESET SysRescue with different options

G DATA BootMedium

The G DATA boot medium is a practical aid for detecting viruses that have already embedded themselves on your computer before installing the antivirus software.

Download G DATA BootMedium

Norton Bootable Recovery Tool

Norton Bootable Recovery Tool is Symantec’s tool for disinfecting systems that are not bootable due to viruses.

Download Norton Bootable Recovery Tool

PC Tools Alternate Operating System Scanner

PC Tools Alternate Operating System Scanner is not only a bootable antivirus, it can also act as a data destroyer, data recovery tool, a system shell and a file manager.

Download PC Tools Alternate Operating System Scanner

Quick Heal Emergency Disk

Quick Heal Emergency Disk provides its users with a Windows environment to troubleshoot the system and scan for viruses.

Download Quick Heal Emergency Disk 32-bit

Download Quick Heal Emergency Disk 64-bit

You can download the appropriate zip file and follow the instructions to create the Live CD.

Creating a Bootable CD-ROM

Almost all the above mentioned downloads are ISO images, which either need to be burned on a CD/DVD or on a USB drive. You will need a third party app to burn the ISO image to the CD-ROM. Here is the step by step information for doing this easily.

I will use Infra Recorder for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can also use other popular tools like ImgBurn, CDBurnerXP, BurnAware or Nero etc. Here are the steps:

  1. Download InfraRecorder from here.
  2. Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD drive
  3. Open InfraRecorder and choose Write Image. A browser window will appear
  4. Go to the location where you have saved the ISO file
  5. Select the file and click Open. The configuration window displays the recommended settings for the current task
  6. Click OK. The CD is ejected after the writing process finishes
  7. Go to the infected computer and boot it with the CD you have just created

Creating a Bootable USB Drive

Note:
You can use Ventoy to create a multi-boot USB drive that can include multiple rescue disks on a single USB drive.

There are quite a few tools that can create bootable USB drives from ISO images. I will use Stickifier here, as it is free and open source.

Stickifier

Just follow the steps below to create a bootable USB drive with one of the above mentioned antivirus ISO files.

  1. Download Stickifier from here.
  2. Insert the USB drive into any USB port.
  3. Open Stickifier. It will give you two options: Either you can download the ISO directly from the Internet, or you can browse to the ISO file you want to burn into the USB drive.
  4. Click Next and select the USB drive letter.
  5. Clicking on next starts the installation process.
  6. Once the installation is complete, click Finish.

I hope you can choose from one of the live CDs to troubleshoot your system. If I have missed anything, please let me know and I’ll fix it as soon as possible.

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9 Comments

  1. Viruses in – Dr.Web, Kaspersky, G DATA, Norton
    They want to buy you, but this is a Dirty Bump in the Back. Stop their Ads. They deserve to be banned from all Search Engines
    Some of them contain the bootia32.efi virus and a text document with long encryption code.

  2. Roberto Delpopolo says:

    The information is incomplete. Bitdefender does not work in every computer and it lacks crucial information about its correct usage. It does ask for a username and password at startup and nobody knows it. I guess it works for those who own a paid copy of the antivirus. Typing “livecd” for a username it will attempt to run and it will probably fail with a “server error” message. Avast takes a lifetime to build a rescue disk and if a user stops the process it will never start again. It will show up an error message while attempting to create a rescue disk. There is no AV in the market that can find a malware that keeps on calling a “gocloudy” web site or “maxonclick”. An unknown type of virus keeps on changing the signature of every antivirus files. Try first to run Hitman Pro and verify if any virus is changing the signatures or your files.

    1. Who Cares says:

      This is the most incomplete set of software I have ever seen No README file no ISO File

  3. Juniven Saavedra says:

    I’m very grateful to the Staff of iTechtics for compiling this wonderful tools. Thank you very much it helps a lot. :)

  4. AJOY GHOSH says:

    Sir,
    I am confused that whether the mentioned process can be applied in my notebook (Asus X54C) where the problem arises after completion of a part of whole installation . at the point of typing PC name the keyboard suddenly becomes irresponsive. I tried win 7(32&64), win 8, but same thing is happening. Please help and reply to my mail.

  5. Ed Learned says:

    Personally, I have had nothing but BAD LUCK trying to use USB drives on virus or malware infected systems! My computer had a virus on it, which I believe might have been TDL4 or a variant of it. Anyway, I tried different AV programs from my USB drives, and every USB drive I plugged in got infected instantly! The reason is that nothing could keep the virus from restructuring the USB drives in the first few milliseconds after being plugged in! So, the ONLY USB drives I would EVER trust for such a task would be the type that have a HARDWARE SWITCH that makes the drive “read only” so that NOTHING could possibly WRITE to that drive, no mattter what kind of virus, malware, or worm it was, including Stuxnet!

    1. Either create a bootable CD, which is read only, OR use an uninfected computer to make your bootable USB.

      1. Exactly, you won’t create your USB from an infected computer.
        Kind of obvious, but it’s always good to explicitly point that out.

  6. It’s wonderful .. thanks a lot.