FREE Bootable AntiVirus Rescue CDs Download List

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Bootable AntiVirus Rescue CD is a form of bootable antivirus CD source that perform scans and removes computer virus without booting computer operating system first. Most of bootable Rescue CD builds are build based on Linux Live CD distribution, which load a simple operating system to scan malware threads without writing any system files on your hard drive.

Why Bootable Antivirus Rescue CD is Useful?

Bootable antivirus Rescue CD solution is the most effective way to remove the virus, trojan and malware because it can track down viruses, trojans and other malware are embedded so tightly into your operating system, which cannot be detected or removed by antivirus software running in that system. Plus more, some of the antivirus rescue CDs even integrates with utilities tools such as hard disk partition software, Rootkit scanner and other system tasks.

Since there are many antivirus companies providing antivirus rescue CD for free. Below is the free bootable rescue CD download list, which allows you download and burn Antivirus Bootable ISO images using burning software.

Free Antivirus Rescue CD Download List:

Kaspersky Rescue CD

Kaspersky Rescue Disk - bootable antivirus

Kaspersky Rescue Disk consider the most popular bootable antivirus equipped with their latest Kaspersky Antivirus, which you can perform virus scanning and remove viruses before booting your operating system. However, kaspersky Rescue Disk has disadvantage which the kaspersky virus definitions cannot be updated. This mean any kaspersky virus definition update requires downloading full boot disk and burned to CD again.

Updates: The latest Kaspersky Rescue Disk has been improved a lot. The most important is Kaspersky Rescue disk now support online virus definition update once the computer is attaching to internet access.

Guide: How to Use kaspersky Rescue Disk as Bootable DOS Antivirus

Guide 2: How to build Kaspersky Rescue Disk – Bootable Antivirus

Guide 3: How to create bootable Antivirus USB with Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk

BitDefender Rescue CD

Bitdefender Rescue Disk

Great antivirus rescue disk equips with their latest BitDefender antivirus scanning engines (ICSA Labs certified). Meanwhile, BitDefender Rescue Disk can automatically update its virus definition if you computer is connecting to Internet access.

BitDefender Rescue CD also bundles many useful third party utilities such as ChkRootkit for scanning for rootkis, Nessus Network Scanner as remote network security scanner, Mozilla Firefox, Partition Image, GtkRecover and etc to improve productivity of rescue disk.

Guide: How to Create Bootable BitDefender Rescue Disk CD

F-Secure Rescue CD

F-Secure Rescue Disk loading screen

F-Secure rescue CD provides basic antivirus, malware and rookits scanning features only. But the F-Secure Virus definition databases can be updated via two methods either is using internet connection on computer or updated manually by using a USB drive.

Guide : How to create F-Secure Rescue CD

Avira Antivir Rescue Disk

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Avira is a Linux Rescue CD is a bootable antivirus which can help you repair damaged system, perform data recovery or scan virus infections on system. Meanwhile,  Avira AntiVir Rescue System also updating several times a day (contains virus definitions VDF) so that the most recent security updates are always available.

Guide : How to create Avira Antivir Rescue System

Trinity Rescue Kit CD

Trinity Rescue Kit

Trinity Rescue Kit CD is a bootable antivirus comes with 4 different antivirus products such as ClamAV, AVG, F-Prot, and BitDefender integrated in a single uniform command line with online virus update capability. Plus more, there are a lot of system utilities on Trinity Rescue CD such as windows password resetting, disk partition software and etc.

Download Trinity Rescue Kit CD

AVG Rescue CD – Bootable AVG Antivirus CD / USB

AVG Rescue CD menu

AVG rescue CD is portable AVG anti-virus version, which runs as bootable CD or bootable USB flash drive. This rescue CD equips with AVG Antivirus and AVG Anti Spyware to scan and removes computer virus without booting operating system first. Consider the best tool to recover those malfunction Windows and Linux operating systems (FAT32 and NTFS file systems) that attacked by virus and spyware.

Meanwhile, Administrator toolset on AVG rescue disk are Windows Registry editor, TestDisk utility for data recovering and lost partitions, file browser for navigating folders, and Ping tool for basic network diagnostics.

Guide: How to create bootable AVG Rescue CD / USB

Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disc Utility

bootable shardana antivirus rescue disk screen

Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disc Utility (Shardu) is a bootable antivirus rescue CD utility that integrates with multiple antivirus rescue disks, useful utilities, linux live CDs and also Windows PE under one bootable disc. Besides burning as bootable rescue disc, Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disc Utility also can be extract into USB flash drive as bootable USB drive.

This multiple antivirus rescue disc utility can consider as great computer troubleshooting tools if your computer can’t be start. It comes with a lot of computer features like hard disk partitioning, hard disk defragment, data backup, data shredder, hard disk cloning, password recovery, antivirus scanning, computer boot fixing, restore computer boot program and other advanced utility.

Guide: How to create Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk CD

Guide: How to create Shardana 2 Rescue Disk CD

Dr Web Live Bootable Antivirus CD

Dr Web Live CD bootable antivirus  CD

Dr.Web LiveCD is another wonderful bootable antivirus rescue CD act as standalone emergency aid toolkits to clean up virus and malicious file out from your operating system or backup all important files to other storage directory.

Once you choose boot up Dr Web LiveCD GUI mode, it will automatically detect all available disk drives available on computer and connect to the local network, if available. Plus more, Dr.Web LiveCD also supports updating of the virus database and can be used to send suspicious files to the virus laboratory.

Guide: How to create Dr Web Live Bootable AntiVirus CD

Share with us If you know any free bootable antivirus rescue cd that should includes on the above list.


    Very comprehensive list! Thanks so much for putting this together!

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  • Paulo
  • Phil

    This looks linux/unix/knoppix based stuff..
    What will this do to a file system running xp, vista or 2000?

  • Marc

    Phil, although the CDs boot to Linux, but the tools and other things provided are mainly meant to fix Windows machines. So long as they can read the hard drive of the machine being fixed it doesn’t matter – they can still find any evidence of malware on the affected system, and can still change any file.

    So basically, the answer to “What will this do to a file system running xp, vista or 2000” is “It will allow you to fix the file system and/or the operating system files it contains, to allow you to fix it so it can run again”.

    The main reason Linux is used for this is that these groups can then offer a free bootable image. They would be unable to do that if they were to use a proprietary operating system. The irony in Windows needing Linux to get fixed has not escaped me.

  • Steven

    Great help… Thanks

  • Greg

    That’s a site to bookmark!

  • Mark

    I just tried the BitDefender Rescue CD on an HP Pavillion 734n which apparently is known to have hardware DRM to prevent Linux from running, (according to one user review online) and noticed the scanner was being shut down prematurely, and the last time it happened all the icons on the desktop even disappeared! Anyone run into this? Come to think of it the update was hanging when it shouldn’t be, too. Although before that it did find one threat!

  • Mark

    Looks like Kaspersky will now update? Hoping this will work since it’s supposed to be DOS based..

  • Alexei

    Kaspersky Rescue CD to my eye is Linux based and it does indeed check for virus definitions update before starting a scan. A drawback I noticed with it though in its slowlyness comparing to BitDefender.

  • Panda Recue Cd

  • John

    Can any of these handle a 64 bit OS??

  • Roland

    Bitdefender 2008 and 2009 versions both left me in a very limited shell stating it didn’t find a knoppix filesystem…..
    What am I doing wrong here?

  • Remi

    PLoP Linux is a small distribution that can boot from CD, DVD, USB flash drive (UFD), USB harddisk or from network with PXE. It’s designed to rescue data from a damaged system, backup and restore operating systems, automate tasks and more.

    PLoP Linux supports F-PROT Antivirus and Avast Antivirus. Their web site is well documented.

  • luuufy

    hi ppl,,,,,

    i am at your site regarding “free-bootable-antivirus-rescue-cds” etc. I would like to download one as i believe i have a ‘nasty’ on my computer, but i havent found anywhere on this site which says which ones work with win98(or in my case, win98SE) could you please tell me which one to download? thanks.

  • Dan Stavinoha

    Kaspersky Rescue Disk

    The 2009 version has internet update.
    Worked great for me.

  • John Lee

    does this contains both *nix and windows antivirus definitions? can you can a *nix box with these? avira and kaspersky works for me. you can create a up-to-date kaspersky iso, if required.

  • Dave

    Well in fact almost all of those are linux/unix based cd. In my point of vue (LPI 10thgrade, MCSE,!+networking,technician for living) it will not hive the registry. Therefor all the registry wouldn’t be cleaned nor will be the startup. So this means almost all of them are just good for detection.

    Also it is good to know that linux absolutely don’t care about the windows booting system, which would also being risky. As we already know that 20% of viruses will corrupt userinit, and if an external AV detects a virus in that file it will be deleted without a doubt.
    Means no more booting will be possible even if you paste the userinit from another system or windows cd.

  • Mike Miller

    BitDefender has a dangerous trap in it. I burned the CD that I dl’d from you, and ran it and it found some malware, so I “Quarantined” the files. But after I exited and rebooted, the files were nowhere to be found. BD had written them to a RAMdisk which disappeared when I rebooted.

    They know about this problem, but they brush off complaints dismissively by basically saying, “That’s the way it works”. For example,
    It says a user could copy the files to a flash drive or external memory, but I saw no way to do this, and more importantly, no warning that if I didn’t the files would be deleted.

    They have another option called Disinfect, and that must write to the harddrive, so they could also create a unique folder and move quarantined items to the user’s harddrive.

    Perhaps if you complained to them, it would have more effect than when others do.

    At least, you can warn people reading your page that if they have to use BD on CD, don’t use Quarantine. It’s the same as Delete.

  • It seems that if the only way to remove the bugs is through a boot level scan, and if many AV products don’t ever do boot level scans, than many of us are infected with some bugs that the AV is useless against? Why that his been allowed to be the case for so long?

  • dude

    so another site where i can get a trojan from. thanks

  • Andy

    Is there a way to overcome the problem of needing to update signature files in a rescue disk.

    If a make a disk, then use it a few months later, the signtaure files will be out of date.


  • km


    Can you let us know what bootable antivirus rescue cd that you prefer

  • akicool

    i have not tried it but soon i will try out this one hope it is not difficult to understand it i have tried different rescue methods but its now bitdeffender time

  • secret reaveled of laptop data recoverymethods

    i think this is great rescue tool cd i tried with kaspersky and now i will try with bitdeffender thanks for the information

  • Outrider
  • km


    You can try out Trinity Rescue kit live CD. Perhaps this live CD can recover or rescue your operating system.

  • Mike Scirocco

    Please consider a poll where people can provide feedback on which of the packages listed here worked for them, so we can see some numbers. I just burned 5 cds and hopefully that will be enough. I would also consider prominently featuring whether a package can update itself or not, because that is a really big feature, which might allow us to use a CD for a year or more.

    Fantastic Site!

    • km


      Thanks for the Poll survey suggestion. We will looking at it in the future.


  • Ben


    Trying to help a friend who’s getting the “blue screen of death”… PC (vista) hangs shortly after startup, saying there’s a startup problem, pushes user to “repair startup” screen…

    Ran Kaspersky and System Rescue CDs. Tried to repair the flagged partition in GParted, just to see what would happen. Stalled with all sorts of “extra clusters”. Now I’m running AVG Rescue CD. Holy Smokes! does it ever take a long time to run. 4 files ended up missing on the first scan of the HD partition. I’ll have to run some more scans tomorrow. A System Restore DVD might be in order.
    Missing files:

    Users-1/appdata/local/Microsoft/windows/temporary internet files/content.IE5/2IT6SOR7/ec5ad426f0f29dabc87ea9d422cb6b7_1[1].swf

    Are these important files?

    • km


      Your missing file seem like Internet explorer temporary files data. I believe those missing files are not important.

    • km


      Your missing file seem like Internet explorer temporary files data. I believes those missing files are not important.

  • frank

    thank you I am getting a blue screen with a virus warning

  • consultant

    THANKS for a step by step install guide and information. The anti virus software which could be downloaded and burnt on to a cd at our end, for future emergencies is great. will test it and use it.

  • tom

    Thanks for the list and how-to’s. Free live cds are amazing resources.

  • phantom74

    Notice that all live CD’s are based on several versions of Linux, why bother using M$??? Use Linux, who needs antivirus, LOL!!!!

  • rammal

    this is a wonderful cd

  • CK Nazmul

    I was finding for a long time for a perfect way to kill virus. Because Anti Virus that run from windows can not kill all of viruses. Today I have found it and the Kaspersky Rescue CD actually helps me perfectly.

  • Peter

    Kaspersky Rescue Disc is spot on. Definitely the best of the bunch. I use it regularly, it will only update if you are connected to the net via Ethernet and not wireless.

    • aussieahha

      on my pc it works great on wireles… awesome article…IM creating all these boot cds for a rainy day.

      • newbie

        Aussieahha, is there anything special you did so that it would work with wireless. I had the same problem as Peter, that I can only update them on a wired computer.

        • km

          Unless you can install your wireless driver during the rescue disk boot up.

    • Lostnode

      Unfortunately even though my PC is hardwired to the net, Kapersky still didn’t wanna update at all.  Downloading a few other rescue CDs to see if they can update,

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    nice guide, I have used the f-secure recovery cd before and can highlt recommend it

  • AV

    This is a good overview.

    But one thing I am wondering about: Why is there no set which downloads the latest virus signatures and creates a Antivirus-CD out of that? Online updates often are possible, or it is difficult to get the internet connection to run. This is why I prefer the Avira solution. Just download and burn the ISO and everything is there.

  • AV

    This is a good overview.

    But one thing I am wondering about: Why is there no set which downloads the latest virus signatures and creates a Antivirus-CD out of that? Online updates often are possible, or it is difficult to get the internet connection to run. This is why I prefer the Avira solution. Just download and burn the ISO and everything is there.

  • Matthew

    you dont have the avast bart one, bootable antivirus recovery tool, not sure if they have free trial downloads of it, not sure of the last update on it havent looked into

  • Pedropt

    To solve the network problems on the update just do this :
    1- Connect the network cable directly to your modem lan port instead of the router (if you have a home network)

    2 – In config tab “updates” remove the and disable the proxy settings

    After that you shall get your rescue disk updated from kaspersky servers

  • alezhko

    very, very usefull
    I have laptop with serious trojan infection and tried to remove it
    only AVG rescueCD succided, Bitdefender and Kaspersky overlooked trojans
    others I didn’t try

  • Coolc62

    I tried to download the Kapersky rescue ISO file from this link and instead of an ISO file I got folders with a bunch of files in it. What happened to the ISO file?

  • Padan Fain
    • km

      Thanks padan for the Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.

  • Padan Fain
  • Jenniferkevoian

    I had a terrible Worm in the computer… It would return just when i thought I’d gotten rid of it. I was amazed, I tried al;most every antivirus known to man. But for some reason, AVIRA was the only one that Detected the Worm.. I love AVG but since then I’ve been using AVIRA.

    • km

      Thanks for your great experiences on bootable antivirus

  • km

    Try the latest BitDefeneder Rescue Disk. It’s more easier to use

  • Vyr

    bitdefender filed to update 🙁

  • Page

    Do i need pay for this programmes? I have McAfee install in my pc. 

  • Akmaghz 64b

    great article.

    really thank you

  • Sam

    Thanks this really helps with my upcoming computer repair business! Great Article!

  • Murray

    This is really valuable, thank you.

  • brian

    is there a way to combine all CD’s on a pendrive (eg yumi/pendrive linux) to be able to use any or all CD’s as required

  • The Kaspersky Rescue Disc iso file is corrupted. I can’t get the program to install to my USB drive.

  • Nice and good information about portable antivirus toolkit