If your Windows PC or laptop is infected by malware and hence have a problem then there could be solutions that Linux can offer for you. Here we have compiled a list of free Rescue CD/DVD/USBs mostly from Security software vendors and some opensource developments that can be downloaded and burnt onto a DVD/CD or a USB drive possible with which you can boot your Windows system and fix the problem.
1. F-Secure Rescue CD
If your computer no longer starts due to malware corrupting the operating system, or you suspect the security software has been compromised, you can use the F-Secure Rescue CD to securely boot up the computer and check the programs installed. The Rescue CD can also be used for more advanced repair and data recovery operations.
The Rescue CD contains Knoppix (a derivative of Linux), an operating system that runs completely from the CD and allows access to your computer’s Windows operating system and hard disks.
Note: the F-Secure Rescue CD cannot scan encrypted disks.
2. AVG Rescue CD
The AVG Rescue CD is a powerful must-have toolkit for the rescue and repair of infected machines. It provides essential utilities for system administrators and other IT professionals and includes the following features:
Comprehensive administration toolkit
System recovery from virus and spyware infections
Suitable for recovering MS Windows and Linux operating systems (FAT32 and NTFS file systems)
Ability to perform a clean boot from CD or USB stick
Apart from the usual AVG functions (malware detection and removal, updates from internet or external device, etc.), the AVG Rescue CD also contains the following set of administration tools:
Midnight Commander – a two-panel file manager
Windows Registry Editor– simple registry editor for more experienced users
TestDisk – powerful hard drive recovery tool
Ping – to test the availability of network resources (servers, domains, IP addresses)
Common Linux programs and services– vi text editor, OpenSSH daemon, ntfsprogs etc.
Download AVG Rescue CD
AVG Rescue CD User Guide
AVG Rescue CD Video Tutorial
3. Kaspersky Rescue CD:
The ISO file for the Kaspersky Rescue CD is available for download from here.
Burn the ISO file onto a CD/DVD to boot your Windows PC off the Rescue CD.
4. INSERT – Inside Security Rescue Toolkit
The Inside Security Rescue Toolkit is a multi-purpose disaster recovery and network analysis system. It runs from a credit card-sized CD-ROM for convenient transport or download. It has read-write support for NTFS-partitions, full partition handling support.
5. Dr.Web LiveCD
If your Windows or Linux system has been rendered non-bootable by malware, restore it for FREE 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.
If you know more tools then please do not hesitate to post them in the comments or send it to us at tools @ windowsreference dot com. The bigger the list the better for all of us!!!