Antivirus rescue disks can be an excellent tool in the event that your anti-virus program is unable to run due to malware. These USB drives that boot and CDs let you scan your computer for infections or registry issues, and also repair or scan startup entries. Based on your requirements you can pick from a variety of scanning options, such as one-time scans and a full system scan. There are some that also come with additional features like the ability recover deleted files. We’ve rounded-up our top picks for the best antivirus rescue discs to help you choose the right one.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Kaspersky’s rescue disk is a powerful tool that comes with plenty of customization options that let you select which folders and files you want to be scanned. It can also look for various kinds of malware, such as Trojans, viruses, worms and more. The drawback is that it’s quite large, but its ability to conduct deep scans means that it’s able to identify issues that other programs can’t.

Bitdefender Rescue Disk

If you have an Bitdefender product installed on your PC this rescue disk will allow you to run that antivirus in a non-Windows environment. It’s easy to use and despite not having an interface with graphics, you are able to navigate the text menu using arrow keys. It’s also one of the cheapest on this list.

The Best Antivirus Rescue Disks