Live AntiVirus and Recovery Discs

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Contents


Live AntiVirus and Recovery Discs
AntiVirus Scan Tools
Live Utility Discs
Unhide Files After Trojan/Malware Aftermath
What are ISO Image Files and how do I use Them?
PC Admin/Service Common Links and Utilities
Computer Tips Index

 


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Live AntiVirus and Recovery Discs

These are links to free ISO files that you can use to create bootable discs that can clean an infected Windows system.

Important

To Scan and Clean

From a computer that you know is free of any malware:

  1. Download the ISO
  2. Create/burn a bootable optical disc from the ISO

On the afflicted PC,

  1. Insert the Live disc into the affected PC
  2. Turn off the affected PC
  3. Turn on the affected PC and select the option to boot from the CD/DVD/Optical drive, and boot from the Live disc
  4. Use the Live disc to scan and clean the system

Downloads

Live Disc (CD/DVD) Home Page Based on Updates?
BitDefender Rescue CD BitDefender
Linux
Automatic
Windows Defender Offline  
Windows
 
Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE)      
Kaspersky Rescue Disk o Kaspersky
Linux
Manual
F-Secure Rescue CD F-Secure
Linux
Automatic
AVG Rescue CD AVG
Linux
Manual
Avira AntiVir Rescue System Avira
Linux
?
Dr.Web LiveCD / Dr.Web LiveUSB Dr.Web
Linux
Automatic

Note: Automatic means the disc will automatically start downloading the latest updates if Internet access is available. Manual means that you have to initiate the update process once the application has loaded, before you start scanning.

 


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AntiVirus Scan Tools

Tool Usage
Microsoft Safety Scanner
  1. Download
  2. Scan your system
MRT (Malicious Software Removal Tool)
  1. Open a Command Prompt
  2. Type "mrt" at the Command Prompt
  3. Press the Enter key
System File Checker (SFC)
  1. Open a Command Prompt
  2. At the Command Prompt, type "sfc /scannow"
  3. Press the Enter key

 

 


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Live Utility Discs

These are links to free ISO files that you can use to create bootable discs.

Boot a PC from any of the following Live Discs to help you:

 

Disc Downloads

 


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Unhide Files After Trojan/Malware Aftermath

This is how to recover after a malware infection hides directories and files, and may also add shortcuts with the names of the hidden directories.

To un-hide the directories/folders and files:

  1. Insert your affected USB flash drive into the PC, and make a note of the drive letter assigned to it.
  2. Open a command prompt and type the following command, and then press ENTER:
attrib -h -r -s /s /d X:\*.* 

(Replace X: with the drive letter of your flash drive.)

You'll need to also delete all the bogus shortcuts using the following command, and then press ENTER:

X:\del /a /f *.lnk/s 

 

 


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