Free F-Secure Rescue Bootable CD to Clean Virus and Malware


After introduced Kaspersky rescue CD and BitDefender rescue disk, here’s another rescue disk from F-Secure can clean virus and malware without booting operating system. Basically F-secure rescue CD functionality is similar like other rescue disk which perform anti virus scanning on all hard disk and USB drives attached to the computer only. Beside that, F-Secure rescue CD is the best ways to scan for MBR rootkit infections.

Meanwhile, F-Secure rescue CD Virus definition databases can be updated within two method either is using internet connection on computer or updated manually by using a USB drive. However, F-Secure rescue CD is provided on English version only.

if you interesting using F-Secure rescue disk, you can follow below step to create the rescue disk:

How to create F-Secure Rescue CD

1. Download F-Secure Rescue CD ISO file ( 155MB  size)

2.  Burn the F-Secure Rescue CD ISO images to disk media using burner software.

3. Boot up the computer with the CD and you’ll see a screen that looks like the image below. 4. You have 15 seconds to press ENTER to start the CD or it will boot normally via hard drive. Once pressing “Enter” button, it will start uncompressing Linux and boot the OS kernel.

5. Once F-secure rescue CD is loaded, Select Next and hit ” Enter ” key again for updating F-secure virus definition database via internet access or manually by using a USB drive. The virus definition update process will roughly take few minutes depending your internet access connection.

or you can download F-Secure Rescue CD virus definition updates to a USB drive using a healthy computer. This USB drive must be empty and 256mb or greater in size. Just download file (40MB) and save it to the root directory of the USB drive. Insert the USB flash drive to the infected computer, boot up using F-Secure Rescue CD and follow the instructions.

F-Secure Rescue Disk loading screen

6. Click Next to agree the end user license agreement. At the next screen you get to select what to scan. To select or deselect an item on the list, use the space key and select Start Scan. While the scan is ongoing, you can hit Alt+F5 key to see details of files being scanned, Alt+F6 to see any malware found and Ctrl+C to cancel scanning.

For me, rescue CD becomes very useful which can simply boot up and can scan and remove infected virus and malware easily and minimize down the chances be infected again by the same virus and malware on your operating system.

However, the only limitation on F-Secure Rescue CD cannot scan encrypted disks.

Download F-Secure Rescue CD 3.00 ISO Zip

  • REZ

    When I Boot From This I Get To The Start And It Says Press Any Key To Boot F-Secure Then My Screen Goes Blank Nothing Happens HELP! Please!!

  • km


    is there any error message ?

    Perhaps you can try BitDefender rescue disk… It’s more advanced than F-Secure which have Anti virus definition update features

  • REZ

    No Error I Just Press Enter Then The Screen Goes Blank And Thanks But I Already Have Bitdefender Rescue Disk And Kav Boot Cd I Just Wanted To Try Out F-Secure Because Of The Rootkit Technology I Deal With Lots Of Cr@cked “Cough” Software.

  • Joe

    My observations on the three I’ve tried:

    – Avira wants to delete from the recovery partition, and has never quite “got it right”.

    – Trinity Rescue seems to load completely, then gives a cryptic prompt where the needed response is unknown.. There’s a note to “simply type ‘Y’ when prompted to get the updates online” (paraphrased), but typing “Y” didn’t work either.. I don’t think I ever got that far.

    – Bit Defender loaded, updated the virus definitions, and scanned automatically, finding 23 infections. The following repair options caused only one infected file to be “repaired”. 21 were “sent to the vault” and I had to delete one. Though all seemed to work flawlessly, upon reboot, the Taskbar never completely loaded, though all works well in Safe Mode. There was a warning that some of these programs could make Windows inaccessible; I blame this on the malware, not on Bit Defender which mostly did its job. Perhaps BD should have protected, or checked for errors in the registry related to the malware too.

    If the infected machine only has 256MB of RAM, none of these three will run.

  • Tom

    I’ve had great success with Kapersky KAV Rescue disk. This has saved two machines at work, a few buddies machines and couple of laptops with minimal memory.
    Small footprint, 102MB download.

    This has worked on every machine I ran it on.
    It loaded easily, ran an update, then a scan.
    The trick with this was to set it up to run unattended (delete vs prompt action) and set the scan strength to Maximum and not default.

    I’ve also tried Avira Rescue disk, it did not load on all machines, there is no “force mount” option. Also, Avira did a complete scan, found items but could not delete them at the scan’s end????!!! Funny, i think Avira is one of the top AV programs out there when run resident.

    “Force Mount”= When a virus/trojan hoses a machine so badly that it won’t start, as in my case, hangs to a blue screen, won’t go further, that you must power off in that state.
    Windows calls this disk “mounted” by the OS in the sys log.
    Avira won’t touch this, KAV will “force mount” the volume.


  • Phil K

    My notebook won’t boot with this CD.

  • Rapid Share

    I have tried to get any of these bootable CD’s to actually update to a new signiture set. Alas the F-Secure would not do it. Nor would any one I tried except the Kaspersky Linux boot disk. This offers file or internet updates but only the internet update would work. As I’m in a business with multiple, probably infrected computers on the network Internet updates are not practical. I need to be able to use a file update or save the new database of signitures to the CD or USB, anyone have actual practical experience of making this work?

  • Aage

    A rescue disk can be a real live saver, especially if your only alternative is to completely re-install Windows and everything. However, it is in these situations that one promises yourself never ever to use your computer without a security program again 🙂

  • Rescue disks are so under rated! They are absolute life and data savers and it is really worth taking the time to make one.

  • Dave

    Runs ok from boot CD, but I can’t see any obvious steps or messages regarding signature update using the USB drive I have connected. Am I missing a step or keystroke? When the process runs it’s definitely using the signature within the downloaded ISO only. Any help appreciated.