The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a free Linux based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections. Just burn the Avira AntiVir Rescue System software to a CD/DVD and you can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer. The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available, to use this you must burn the software to a RW CD/DVD or an USB device. Avira AntiVir Rescue System needs to be burnt to a CD/DVD as an Image using an iso burning software. If you have windows 7, just right click on the iso and select burn disc image. The bootable CD can not only be used to analyse the system for malware infections and remove them, but also enables the user to get access to data on the system in case the operating system won’t start anymore so it can be backed up onto a USB drive, for example.
The Avira AntiVir Rescue System can be either downloaded as an ISO image for burning it on to CD/DVD with an existing burning software. To learn how to burn an image to a blank CD/DVD click here. Alternatively the tool is also available as an executable file for Windows which combines the ISO file and a basic CD burning application. If you use the executable file, the built in iso burner will do the installation for you. The executable window looks like the image shown on the left.
How to use the free AntiVir Rescue System
Once you have created the AntiVir Rescue CD, insert it into the first CD-drive. At restart, the computer will boot from this CD-ROM and a boot menu appears. In some OS, you need to choose the boot device while loading the operating system.
Step 1: Booting…
To start the AntiVir Rescue System you can press “1” and then “Enter” or just the “Enter” key, since it is the default option.
Select “2” to start the installed operating system from the hard drive. The 3rd option allows advanced user to get confirmation on each step of the loading.
Step 2: Update
You don’t have to download each time the newest Rescue system; an update is also possible within the Rescue System. Select the tab “Update” and download the newest VDFs (virus definition files). Click on “Yes” in the popup-window, once you have selected the tab. You can perform an update in advance (on a clean system) if there is no internet connection available. For this purpose you need to start the file “updatergui.exe” in the directory \avupdate\windows of the Rescue system.
Step 3: Configuration
Click on the tab “Configuration“. At “Action when malware found” select “Repair infected files” with the sub-category “Rename file if repair is not possible“. By selecting “Remove suspicious files” you can automatically remove all files at your own risk that have been confirmed as infected.
Step 4: Virus Scanner
Click on the tab “Virus scanner“. By selecting “Start scanner” you will initiate the search for malware on all existing drives of the computer.
The length of time of the search process will depend on the number and volume of the files that have to be checked. According to the feedback in the report log you will know if a suspicious file has been found and if the repair has been successful.
Step 5: Shutdown
Select “Shut down” on the bottom right to quit the Avira Antivir Rescue System. The computer will now be switched off. Restart your computer after a short time and remove your Avira Antivir Rescue CD from the drive. Let Windows boot normally. In case you have just renamed your infected files you should start a complete scan of your system to isolate those suspicious files (e.g. virusfile.exe.xxx) into the quarantine.
The virus removal is now complete.
Booting Avira Rescue System from a USB Stick
AVIRA offers Avira Rescue System, which you can use to start and scan your computer. You have to burn the Rescue System on a CD, in order to boot your PC from the Rescue CD. However, there are computers (e.g. Netbooks) without an optical drive. In this case, you can use a re-writable medium (e.g. USB stick) to boot from.
Here is how you start Avira Rescue System from the USB stick:
- Download Avira Rescue System as .iso file (download link is at the bottom of the page)
- Download the program “Unetbootin” (download link is at the bottom of the page)
- Plug in the USB stick and format it.
- Click Diskimage and select the .iso file you have just downloaded.
- The USB drive should be selected under “Type”.
Please make sure, that the correct USB stick is selected, under “Drive”
- Press OK. The files are copied and the bootable USB is created
- Now you can boot your PC from this USB stick.
The rescue process is same as explained in the above steps.
For the Avira Rescue System, you need a PC/ Notebook with:
RAM: at least 512 MB, 750 MB recommended CD-ROM drive or free USB slot
Keyboard (mouse recommended)
Resolution: at least 800×600 Pixel