Download Free Bootable Rescue Disks from Popular Antivirus Companies

UPDATE: Also check out free Windows Defender Offline Rescue Tool released by Microsoft.

Many times we found ourselves in a difficult situation when our system cannot load in the regular way, for example due to virus infection or some system file missing, etc.

In such conditions, Rescue CD becomes very useful. You can simply boot using the rescue CD and can scan your system, remove the virus, copy/delete files, create/delete partitions and many other system tasks. So a Rescue CD is boon for all of us.

Many respected anti-virus companies are providing their rescue CDs free of cost. So here we are sharing a few such free rescue CDs which you can download and burn for future use:

Kaspersky Rescue Disk:

Kaspersky is one of the best anti-virus company and now its providing a rescue disk absolutely free which contains the latest Kaspersky anti-virus. So you can scan your system by booting your system using Kaspersky rescue disk.

Download Kaspersky Rescue Disk

BitDefender Rescue CD:

BitDefender is also a great anti-virus software. It also provides a free rescue CD which comes bundled with latest BitDefender anti-virus. The best thing in this rescue CD is, when you boot using this CD and connects to Internet, it can update the virus definition.

Download BitDefender Rescue CD

AVG Rescue CD:

AVG is one of the best FREE anti-virus and it also provides rescue CD. Its built on a Linux distribution platform and contains lots of useful system tools including anti-virus, midnight commander, simpler and several Linux tools like vi, openssh, ntfsprogs, etc.

Download AVG Rescue CD

Avira Rescue CD:

Avira is one of the best FREE anti-virus software and it also provides a free rescue CD. Its a Linux based CD which can help you in scanning your system for virus infection.

Download Avira Rescue CD (ISO)

Download Avira Rescue CD (EXE)

F-Secure Rescue CD:

Another Linux based Rescue CD which can help you to scan your system. It can also update the virus definition if an Internet connection is available otherwise you can manually update it using USB drives.

Download F-Secure Rescue CD

VIPRE Rescue CD:

The VIPRE Rescue Program is a command-line utility that will scan and clean an infected computer that is so infected that programs cannot be easily run.

The VIPRE Rescue Program is packaged into a self-extracting executable file (.exe) that prompts the user for an "unpack" or installation location, then starts the scanner and performs a deep scan. The user can start the program either by opening it via windows or from the command line.

Download VIPRE Rescue CD

Thanks to our readers "Dan Leigh" and "Michael Hallsted" for sharing it...

Panda SafeCD:

Panda SafeCD comes in handy when you need to clean a friend's PC (or your own) from a malware infested state. It is specially useful for detecting and disinfecting malware infections which give regular AV products running within Windows a hard time.

Download Panda SafeCD

Dr.Web LiveCD:

If your Windows or Linux system has been rendered non-bootable by malware, restore it with Dr.Web LiveCD. Dr.Web LiveCD will clean your computer of infected and suspicious files, help you copy important information to a removable data storage device or another computer, and then attempt to cure infected objects.

Download Dr.Web Live Disk

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  • Thanks a lot Vishal! I was looking for this kind of information since a long time

  • Hey VG , where can I find Rescue CD For Windows Defender For Windows 8

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • I need to it's last updat for all CDs or what ? and how to know the updat date ??

  • any one try those rescue cd?

    there is any Recommendations for each cd?

  • Hi, all. I have used Kaspersky Rescue CD, Windows Defender Offline Rescue tool, BitDefender Rescue CD, and Avira Rescue CD and was pretty impressed with each. I am certainly no professional computer guy but I have a couple on pieces of insight to offer: Windows Defender Offline was THE EASIEST to make of all the disks I mentioned, Both the CD and the USB are literally completed with 3 or 4 mouse clicks ( if you have an internet connection). Microsoft does it all for you so there's nothing to guess about, no files to copy and paste or anything. And the scan itself requires no user input (which kind of disappoints me because I like to think I'm helping things if I stare at it :-)

    The other thing I can pass along is the that Kaspersky has a very nice web browser and you are able to connect to the web VERY easily and surf the web as though you had a properly working machine!

    Good luck all.

  • All items mentioned below were downloaded and used June 16-18, 2013.
    I am writng this on 6/18.

    Regarding AVG CD :
    Excellent OTHER utils;
    but AV fails : "avgd is not running or is not yet fully initialized".
    I would appreciate help with that one, please.

    Regarding BitDefender CD :
    No interface of any kind;
    only a permanent full-screen graphic.

    Regarding Windows Defender CD :

    Regarding Panda CD :
    AV operations menu page is static, unresponsive, unusable.

  • Dear all

    I apreciate yours opinion but I did a bootable USB pendrive both for kaspersky and AVG rescue version and they are both un bootable from win 8. No way to bypass the problem.
    Could anyone give me some help?

  • Avast rescue CD please??

  • @Addy
    As per my knowledge there is no separate rescue cd, you yourself will have to create one.
    First of all install the latest version of avast av, update it and then go to tools and select rescue cd and proceed further.

    -1st Feb 2014, 08:16 GMT

  • VG

    Avast! used to provide a rescue CD but now its not available.

  • @VG
    Can i post link to my avast rescue cd 1.0.3? ,u can try it and then maybe post the link.

    -1st Feb 2014,12:51 GMT

  • VG

    ^^ If you created the rescue CD, you can share the link without any problem. :)

  • @VG
    have u seen ur mail? i sent u the avast links,neither u replied nor are there any updates here. change in email id?

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry but I have lost your email due to a format of one of my machines. Please post the URL here directly.

  • Avast Rescue CD Feb 2014 Links

    Created using Avast Premier latest engine and fully updated(Till start of Feb).
    Tested via usb on both 32bit and 64bit architectures of Win8 & Win8.1
    & working with charm. U may try it on other systems as well, should work without any hiccups.

    Dropbox Link(Unlimited Download):

    Google Drive link(10 Downloads/24hrs as per google's policy):

    p.s.special thanx to 'slimrock' for helping me creating this cd.

  • Does these rescue cds updated with the latest virus definitions?

  • Hi there, i work from home. my problem is i dont have any antivirus an my windows 7 ultimate machine. can these rescue cds act as an antivirus?

  • VG

    ^^ You can try following:

  • HI VG can you please help me reset admin password for Samsung 700t smart pc thank

  • Please note that the FTP link to the Kaspersky Rescue CD accesses an *.iso file dating back to 2013, the current and up to date Kaspersky Rescue CD *.iso file can be accessed in the 'updatable' folder on Kaspersky's FTP site.

    The 2013 file you are accessing is 289MB in size, while the current file is 298MB in size.

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for the heads up. Link updated.

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