When malware thwarts your ability to run standard antivirus software bootable rescue disks could help. These disks let you examine your PC without needing to run Windows, and they can often uncover files that antivirus software might miss. Certain tools can scan the Master Boot Record of the hard drive. This is a function that is particularly beneficial to eliminate persistent or difficult-to clean threats.
These bootable tools have an interface built on text. They do however, have customization options, so you can choose to scan only certain types of files or folders, or even size of files. The best among these tools offer a graphical interface and support for more sophisticated threats, such as rootkits and some forms of ransomware.
AVG Rescue CD is a good example, featuring a simple but a full GUI with a range of scanning options. It’s also among the few that can provide an all-inclusive MBR scan which is typically impossible to achieve with an unbootable program. However it’s not the most efficient on this list, and its text-only interface doesn’t suit all users.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk is another top option that’s fast, has a well-designed interface and can handle more advanced viruses. It’s got features you won’t find in other bootable anti-virus tools, like the capability to scan the boot sector as well as hidden startup objects as well fileless and the entire drive. You can set exclusions to cut down the time it takes to check for malware. In our tests, it identified all the malware samples we emailed it and even some that did not pass detection by other antivirus programs.