Here’s how to use the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to clean an infected PC...
Virus and Malware attacks are WAY UP this year and i have been getting tons of questions about how to remove them. Here is a little guide to help cure the majority of infections.
When you’re dealing with a PC that is completely infected with viruses, sometimes the best thing to do is reboot into a Kaspersky Rescue Disk and run a full virus scan from there. Here’s how to use the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to clean an infected PC.
There’s lots of ways to clean an infected PC, like booting into a Linux Ubuntu Live CD and scanning for viruses, but this is an extremely simple—and free—solution from a trusted anti-virus vendor.
Download and Burn the Kaspersky Rescue Disk Image to a Disc
The first thing you’ll need to do is head over to the Kaspersky site and download the latest version of their Kaspersky Rescue Disk, and then use an application to burn that ISO image file to an optical or a USB key. Depending on which media you choose, the preferred softare and instructions are diffent below:
A free version of ImgBurn (download from Ninite) is preferred, but there’s plenty of other software / ways to burn an ISO to a optical disc.
After downloading and installing ImgBurn click the option below and point to your downloaded Kaspersky rescue disk image:
If you prefer to use a usb key / flash drive, a free tool called Rufus: (download from rufus.ie ) should be used. Select your usb key / device in the first option and set the rest of options as is similar to these below:
Using the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to Clean an Infected PC
NOTE: Be sure Set your BIOS to boot from USB/CD.
This is not always necessary, especially with newer PC's. However, In some cases, your PC may not be able to boot from the CD/DVD or USB drive you have just created. You will know this, if your system boots up as normal, even though the media is inserted in your PC. The solution is to figure out how to get into the BIOS and change the 'BOOT ORDER' or bring up the boot menu if your PC supports this. The key to get into the BIOS is usually the 'DEL' key, but may be different for your model PC. You will have to look this up via Google search.
Once you’ve got the disc in hand, put it into the PC and reboot—you should see a new screen that says “Press any key to enter the menu”, at which point you should probably press any key. To enter the menu, of course. If you don’t, it’ll boot normally into Windows.
At this point you’ll be able to choose whether to use the Graphic or Text mode, and we’d recommend using the Graphic mode unless there’s some problem, which there really shouldn’t be.
You’ll be prompted to type the letter “a” to accept the agreement. What’s weird is that it didn’t work with a capital letter “A” for us, even though that’s what it shows in the screenshot.
Within a few short seconds you should see the full working environment, with the Kaspersky Rescue Disk screen front and center.
The first thing you want to do is switch tabs over to the My Update Center, and then click the Start update button to load the latest anti-virus definitions from their web site—this is a critical step!
Once done, switch back over to the Objects Scan tab, select the drives you want to scan, and then click the Start Objects Scan button.
The scan will run, and clean up any viruses that it finds. You’ll be prompted when you do encounter a virus, and you’ll have to choose whether to clean or quarantine the files—the typical anti-virus behavior.
If you need to do some more work or research on the PC, you can access some tools directly from the menu below, which has a fully working web browser, command line, and a file manager.
You’ll be able to access your Windows partition through the /discs/C: folder, and do any other maintenance work you need to do.
Aside to a few small differences, that’s pretty much all there is to it. Hopefully this helps someone. Feel free to comment down below and enjoy cleaning viruses.