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Best 6 Bootable Antivirus Rescue Disks for Severely Infected Computer

Bootable antivirus are useful when, a computer get severely infected and unable to boot normally. In this situation it is hard to run any virus scanner in the system. Bootable antivirus become handy here. Boot with the rescue bootable CD or USB and run a system scan to remove the viruses. Below are some good bootable virus scanners.

Best Bootable Antiviruses

Product Download Size
HitmanPro.kickstart 10 MB
Bitdefender Rescue CD 659 MB
Norton bootable recovery tool 862 MB
Trend Micro Rescue Disk  70 MB
Avira Rescue System 628 MB
AVG Rescue CD  170 MB

Best Bootable Rescue tools

Read the below tools provided by antivirus companies to rescue your computer from a non-bootable state and lock screen ransomware which prevent you to go to desktop. You can make a bootable CD / DVD or USB from these tools to boot your computer with USB or CD / DVD.

1. Hitman Pro Kickstart

Hitman Pro Kickstart Boot menu

HitmanPro is a popular antimalware and second opinion scanner. HitmanPro.Kickstart is a software on a bootabe USB flash drive. It can easily even bypass the attacks of ransomware who block you to go to desktop to boot the system. You need HitmanPro license to create a bootable disk. Or you can also download direct from their official website. You can create the bootable disk right from the Hitman Pro software by clicking on the below button. It is the smallest rescue disk as compared to other bootable rescue disks. it is of just 10 MB.

Create Hitman Pro Kickstart Bootable disk

Download HitmaPro.Kickstart – 10 MB

2. Bitdefender Rescue CD

Bitdefender Rescue Disk

Download Bitdefender Rescue CD – 659 MB

Bitdefender Rescue disk will boot with a clean Linux based environment. It’s almost the same as like attaching the infected hard drive to a clean computer. It will show you graphical desktop to proceed to scan the hard disk and remove mostly possible infections.

3. Norton Bootable Recovery Tool

Norton bootable recovery tool

Download Norton Bootable Recovery Tool – 862 MB

Norton bootable recovery tool is to scan and eliminate viruses who even not let the system boot. It is a downloadable ISO file to create the bootable CD / DVD / USB. Norton also works same as other linux based rescue tools to bring up a desktop to scan the computer for infection. First you have to create the bootable disk and then boot the system with that disk. It is free tool but you require to enter the license key of any of the Norton product. If that is not available then you signup for some beta program of Norton and enter that key.

4. Trend Micro Rescue Disk

Trend Micro Rescue Disk

Download Trend Micro Rescue Disk – 70 MB

Trend Micro rescue disk also works without loading infected windows files or MBR in the memory. It loads own linux based OS to rescue from non-bootable situation. as compared to other rescue CD its download is smaller.

5. Avira Rescue System

Avira Rescue System

Download Avira Rescue System – 628 MB

The Avira Rescue System scans and repairs malware-infected computers that no longer boot or are generally unresponsive. Running on both Windows and Linux operating systems, our integrated scan and repair Wizard is highly intuitive and easy to use. Are you concerned about recovering data from your system? If so, the Avira Rescue System is the ideal tool for you. And if for some reason you need outside assistance, the Rescue System can establish a remote desktop connection with Avira Support. The Avira Rescue System is updated daily so that the most recent security updates are always available. To use the Rescue System burn it to a CD or copy it to a bootable USB stick and then boot your system from that CD or USB stick.

6. AVG Rescue CD

AVG Rescue CD

Download AVG Emergency boot Rescue disk – 170 MB

It is free emergency boot up CD launched by AVG. Free AVG Antivirus  users can also use this tool freely. It also includes some other utilities like registry editor, Testdisk utility for recovering deleted files and lost partitions of the disk.  Its size is smaller then other rescue disks. But it does not have full graphical user interface.


After getting rid off the non-boot situation using the above tools. We recommend to scan with a cloud based scanner or with a Multi AV scanner to completely remove all possible threats from the computer. If you are still unable to connect to the internet you can use Offline virus scanner tools to go further in the cleaning process. Then install a good antivirus software with real time protection. Also keep an antimalware software in the system which can be installed along-with the existing antivirus.

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This post was last updated on:2017-05-16 | First Published:2016-08-12

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