AVG Rescue CD

Category: Anti-Virus

You may not be able to boot your PC at all if you catch a really bad computer virus infection. That's when a free toolkit from the well-respected AVG Technologies antivirus and security software team can come to your rescue...

Repair Infected Machines with AVG Rescue

Some viruses deliberately cripple your system to make it unbootable. And sometimes, efforts to root out a virus mess up your hard drive's boot sector. Either way, when you power up your PC you'll get a black screen and a terse error such as "operating system not found" or something equally ominous. The only solution is to boot up with software repair tools from a source other than your hard drive. That's where the AVG Rescue CD will come in handy.

There are two versions of the kit. One version is for burning to a CD; you can use the burning software built into your operating system or a third-party application such as Nero or the free MagicISO package. The other version is for a USB drive that you can carry in a pocket or on a keychain. (Note: your computer's BIOS must be able to boot from a USB device or CD; run the BIOS setup utility during normal boot to configure this option.) Both packages contain the following rescue tools:

AVG Rescue CD

  • A bootable version of the Linux operating system, which allows the kit to load on Linux or Windows based machines.
  • A slimmed-down version of the free AVG Antivirus software to help find and remove the infection on your hard drive.
  • Utilities that enable AVG to connect to the Internet and download virus definition updates; a file navigation and management utility; a text editor for making changes to the boot configuration file; a Windows registry editor; and other tools for advanced users. But novice users can also use the Rescue Kit to recover access to their hard drive.

AVG Rescue Supports Both Windows and Linux

The AVG Rescue Kit understands both FAT32 and NTFS file systems, and can be used to recover both MS Windows and Linux operating systems. It's compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and various Windows Server editions. It will not help with problems on older Windows 98/ME/NT systems.

The AVG antivirus software can be run in text mode to detect and delete viruses. You can also restore files that have been moved to AVG's "vault," the storage area in which infected files are isolated so they cannot do damage. Sometimes, one or more of these files is essential for boot-up even if it is infected. AVG can restore the file to its place, boot the system, and then clean the file of infection or replace it with a clean copy from your operating system's installation CD.

The AVG Rescue Kit is a great tool to have handy when all else fails. Whether you're a non-technical consumer or business user, or a savvy techie, the AVG Rescue Kit can salvage a seemingly hopeless situation. Without its capabilities, you may have to wipe your hard drive completely, losing vital data, and spend many hours re-installing your operating system, applications, and backup copies of data.

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25 Mar 2010

Bob, the info on platform support is incorrect. Since it is running the Linux version from a Linux Live CD (and not the Windows version), it CAN in fact scan and clean up systems prior to Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7.

I ran it overnight on a Windows Me machine someone had given me and it actively sought out the digital garbage, finding and deleting several adware files and a trojan horse. Among other things, this could be a way of providing current antivirus protection for older machines. I like that.

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25 Mar 2010

The AVG download does not work for me. All I get is an .iso file.

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26 Mar 2010

It's not clear whether it's necessary to have installed an AVG anti virus product for this CD to work.

Posted by:

Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed
26 Mar 2010

Welldone, thanks you very much .

Posted by:

26 Mar 2010

Thanks, Bob, but for those of us who are not experts, it would have been nice to tell us a couple of things:

1) What if we are running another anti-virus. Will the Rescue disk work fore us then?

2) How do we get the, ah, er software for it. A nice "Download here" button would have been nice!

Other than that, thanks for all the help you give us. You do do a good job as a rule.

Posted by:

Umesh Patel
26 Mar 2010

I have a two pc 1in xp and 1in windows7.How can i share net connection with IEEE1394 cable.

Posted by:

David Baker
28 Mar 2010

Thanks Bob for all your tips over the years.

I'll have to check this one out. I've been using AVG for some years now. It's a great free program that has got me out of a mess or two with threats. Keep up your great work. DCB

Posted by:

29 Mar 2010

I was under the impression the AVG tool was a pay product, actually it was but is free now. Things to consider: "Kaspersky Resque CD" (free and Linux based as well)I feel is the best. "Avira Resque CD" (free and Linux based as well) and there are actually a lot more. Almost all built on Linux (Knoppix). For Nick, they all are .iso files (an accurate "image" of a CD that must be burned to the CD. Use free "isoburner" or some other utility to do this). For Pierre, the tools mentioned are free for your use and you do not need the Original (AVG OR Kaspersky) loaded for them to work. A hint for all, move from wireless to a wired internet (like directly from the cable modem or router). If the CD gets old, in most cases it will find internet and get the latest update(s) and work it's best!

Posted by:

30 Mar 2010

Thanks Bob, im also in the IT business, however, i tried to use an Avira Rescue disc on a machine that was publicly used in a school, however school kids come with infected flash drives daily, it found 2000 viruses which most of them were windows xp files, after cleaning the system ,it was unbootable due to infected windows files that were removed. on the other hand AVG is great and never had a problem with it.

Rescue disc is much better as at some viruses use clever undetected methods.

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28 Oct 2010

I downloaded the files but it is in a zip form. Do I save them or open them. i have nero but should I choose to open the download with nero.

EDITOR'S NOTE: You need to open the ZIP file.

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