AVG Rescue CD and/or USB Stick


The AVG Rescue CD is available as a download and is essentially a portable version of the AVG Anti-Virus software supplied through a Linux distribution. The AVG Rescue CD is a free-to-use product that anyone can download. This also covers any new program versions and virus database updates. If you have any other paid AVG license, you are also entitled to receive full technical support.

Depending on one's needs it can be used in the form of a bootable CD or a bootable USB flash drive to recover your computer when the system cannot be loaded normally, such as after an extensive or deep-rooted virus infection. It will work with most versions of Windows from Windows 2000 onwards. Note that Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT and Windows NT Server 4.0 are not supported nor are Linux nor FreeBSD.

In short, the AVG Rescue CD enables you to fully remove infections from an otherwise inoperable PC and hopefully render the system bootable again.

Apart from the usual AVG functions (malware detection and removal, updates from internet or external device, etc.), the AVG Rescue CD/USB 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.



OK how to create the bootable AVG Rescue USB Stick

For this you'll need - the .RAR file from AVG and obviously a USB flash drive. It doesn't need to be a large capacity flash drive as the extracted files only take up about 75 megabytes (75MB), however some older flash drives are not easily made bootable. A new 1 gigabyte (1BG) flash drive is very cheap now anyway. Note that not all computers can be made to boot from a USB drive. In this case the AVG Rescue CD would be a better option.

1. Download AVG Rescue CD (for USB stick) from the AVG website.

2. Extract the contents of the avg_arl_cd_en_##_######.rar file (where the ##'s represented the current version number of the AVG file) to your Flash Drive (use WinZip or 7-zip or similar to do this). At the time of writing this how-to the file was avg_arl_cd_en_90_100114.rar.

3. To make the flash drive bootable you need to open the flash drive in Windows Explorer and click makeboot.bat to run it (only from the flash drive). DO NOT attempt to run this batch file from any other drive. I'll say it one more time. Make certain at this point that the drive suggested is your flash drive and not your hard drive as you are likely to make Windows unbootable if you make a mistake. You have been warned.

That's all. You should now have an AVG Rescue flash drive that you can boot from and scan your computer for viruses. To use the AVG Rescue USB Stick you may need to set your computer to boot from a USB device. This is done in the computer's BIOS which is usually accessible via keypresses during the boot sequence. Again this varies from computer to computer. To use it simply insert the flash drive into an available USB port and boot the computer.

You should see a screen something like the one below.
AVG rescue

The AVG Rescue menu should then appear.
AVG rescue

A video covering the creation of the Rescue USB Stick and how to use it is available to view on the AVG website. Click here.



Now how to create the bootable AVG Rescue CD

Three things are needed - the .ISO file from AVG and a CD burning program that can burn ISO images to a CD and of course a blank CD.

1. Download AVG Rescue CD (for CD creation) from the AVG website.

2. Place a blank CD into your burner and run the CD burning software.

3. Find a choice in your software's menu that says "Burn an ISO image to CD" or similar.

4. When prompted select the downloaded avg_arl_cd_en_##_######.iso file (where the ##'s represented the current version number of the AVG file) and the CD will be created. I'm not going to explain burning ISO files to CD in any depth as there is lot of different programs out there and each one is a little different. When burning is completed remove your new AVG Rescue CD.

To use the AVG Rescue CD you may need to set your computer to boot from the CD/DVD drive. This is done in the computer's BIOS which is usually accessible via keypresses during the boot sequence. Again this varies from computer to computer. Place the CD into the drive and boot the computer. The AVG Rescue CD menu should appear.

A video covering the creation of the CD and how to use it is available to view on the AVG website. Click here.

More information regarding features and requirements is available on the AVG website. Click here



My usual disclaimers apply here. While you're not likely to burn your house down or blow up your computer doing this, some caution applies. Don't attempt this if you're not comfortable with changing your computer's BIOS settings or burning CDs. Chances are you won't be attempting to use either of these rescue products anyway if you are not at ease with even basic functions of your computer.

Last modified: 18th June 2010