What is a Rescue Disk



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What is a Rescue Disk

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2011 Dec 22 ID: 2551

Applies to:
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Workstations MP4
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Servers MP4
  • A Rescue Disk is a disk for scanning and disinfection of infected PCs.

    A Rescue Disk should be used in case of an infection that cannot be cured by means of antivirus software or disinfection utilities (for example, Kaspersky AVPTool) running under operating system control. Antiviral treatment is more effective in this case, because the malware which infected the system cannot not gain control in the process of operating system startup.

    A Rescue Disk is built on the basis of Linux operating system kernel and is an .iso file which includes:

    • Linux system and configuration files;
    • A set of utilities for operating system diagnostics;
    • A set of auxiliary utilities (file manager, etc.);
    • Antivirus database files.

    An ISO image is a .iso file with an image of a CD/DVD disk. If used via special software, it can substitute optical disk.

    There are two ways you can start up a PC with a damaged operating system:

    • Locally, from a CD/DVD-ROM disk. The PC must have a CD/DVD-ROM drive.
    • Remotely, from administrator workstation or another networked PC.

    In order to start up operating system of a damaged PC from a CD/DVD-ROM disk, do the following:

    • Configure the PC to boot from CD/DVD-ROM drive in BIOS (see your motherboard documentation for details).
    • Insert a disk with a written Rescue Disk image into CD/DVD-ROM drive of the infected PC.
    • Reboot the PC.

    In order to start up operating system of a damaged PC remotely, do the following:

    • Open main application window.
    • Click the Rescue Disk icon to start the Rescue Disk Creation Wizard.

      InformationIn the Step 3 (ISO image update) of the Wizard choose Remote startup.
    • Enter IP address or name of the remote networked PC you are curing.
    • Enter user name and password of an account with administrator access rights on the remote PC.
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