15 Best Free Bootable Antivirus Tools

When you realize that your computer has got a severe problem and it does not start, you begin to have doubts about malware problems.  The quickest solution you go for is a restartable antivirus program. If you don’t need malware to hold the computer’s operations, keep reading to know about the best restartable applications available against antivirus threats.

The following is a list of bootable antivirus applications.

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1. Windows Defender Offline

This program is a restartable virus scanner. This tool is a Microsoft program with a complete user interface. Using this, users can update definitions for viruses straight from the disc, and view restricted files, rejected files, folders, & types of extensions from scans.  This restartable antivirus tool enables rapid virus scans and complete & custom scans. As a result, you have the freedom to select folders and drives on your own for the scanning process.

2. Dr. Web LiveDisk

This bootable antivirus application is a fully-featured free scanner. It comes for Linux & Windows.

Here you can find a lot of customizable settings. In addition, you can select what needs to happen when the scanner identifies specific problems like hack tools. This tool allows you to keep the directories out of the scanner, set the file size before it is kept out of the scanning, & define the time duration for the scanning process of one file. 

In addition, you can use this software again and again. All you need to perform is update the application before the scanning process.  

3. Comodo Rescue Disk

This program provides you with three scan types: smart, full, and custom.

A smart scan examines viruses and trojans in the computer memory, sectors of the boot, autorun entries, etc. It scans the registry folder and system folder also. A custom scan might help select individual files or folders.

Moreover, if you want to scan archives, activate intuitive scanning, and exclude files of a particular size, you also have room for that. Another merit of this scanning software is its user-friendly interface.

4. ESET SysRescue Live

This bootable antivirus application is a product of ESET company. This application also is user-friendly. So, you don’t need to worry about text-only interfaces, which make it dull and annoying for the users. Moreover, you don’t need any customizations to utilize this software. It is effortless to maneuver.

The Smart scan option of this tool allows you to examine specific areas where viruses and malware are found. From a Custom scan, you can do a better examination of malware.

Moreover, you can alter advanced settings if you need. There are settings for a scan where you can choose the type of files you need to scan.

5. Anvi Rescue Disk

This tool is a simple restartable virus scanner. This scanner has three types: a full system scan, a custom scan, and a smart scan. In addition, there is a segment for discovering and correcting contaminated registries. The only drawback of Anvi Rescue is you can’t scan individual files.

6. AVG Rescue CD

This program is text-only. It checks for unwanted programs, cookies, extensions of hidden files, and sometimes for inside archives.

Before you begin the scanning process, you are given a choice to scan a folder according to your choice. However, there is a drawback. That is, this bootable antivirus scanner does not have a user-friendly interface. Hence, navigating through the menus will be difficult. And also, there are no updates available for this program anymore. Even though you can use this, as usual, it won’t detect new threats to your computer.

7. Kaspersky

Kaspersky can scan all types of malware with its Rescue Disk. The best thing about Kaspersky is that you can use either a graphical or a text-only interface, according to your preference.

You can scan the following by using Kaspersky. 

  • Fileless objects
  • System drive.
  • Startup objects

In addition, you can scan boot segments and particular folders. Further, Kaspersky can examine the system of files to copy/omit the files. Kaspersky has a lot of tools. Firefox browser is one of them.

However, there is one limitation. That is,  the file will be significant, and as a result, you may need some time for it to download.

8. Panda Cloud Cleaner Rescue ISO

This application allows checking for viruses in a computer without other operations running. You need the Panda Cloud Cleaner(PCC) tool, and Panda Rescue ISO allows the PCC to run on a computer.

However, there is a drawback to this program. You won’t be able to use this tool if malware has entered your computer to the extent that you cannot even start up Windows. If that is the issue, you might need to go for another tool enumerated in this list. That tool should not ask Windows to boot.

9. Trend Micro RD (Rescue Disk)

This program is also a free bootable antivirus scanner. This antivirus program also does not have a user-friendly graphical interface. Therefore, you need to do your navigation completely from text mode. There are quick scans and full scans. You can select either depending on which areas you need to scan.

This tool was first available as a usual program file with bootable software. And Windows XP, Vista, 7,8,10, and 11 are open for this tool. You need to install the program on a CD or a USB gadget.

10. Zillya! LiveCD

Zillya! LiveCD scans the whole drive or entire folders. Therefore, it cannot check for malware in files and folders individually. Moreover, you have the option to go only through potentially harmful files. Consequently, you don’t have to wait for a long time until large files complete the scanning process.

This tool has excellent settings. In addition, the user-friendly interface is also a merit of this antivirus tool.

11. Norton

This free restartable recovery application comes with the popular antivirus software Norton. It checks your machine for security threats and risks. It removes those risks automatically or allows you to decide what you want to do if it brings an actual risk. In addition, Norton has a graphical user interface. Hence, navigation is also easy.

12. Avira

This rescue system is another free restartable antivirus application. The benefit of this tool is that it is effortless to utilize. If your experience with restartable AV tools was not satisfactory, we recommend you use this one. Moreover, using this, you cannot scan individual folders or files. It is only for entire drives.

13. VBA32 Rescue

This antivirus tool does not have a graphical interface. There are a lot of choices in this tool. You can choose the drives to scan on your own, set file types, fix a default action to fight with when malware is detected, and decide whether you need to check inside archives.

14. F-secure RescueCD 

This program is a simple restartable antivirus program. However, this tool also does not have a graphical interface. Hence, it will be confusing sometimes.

15. Sophos Restartable Antivirus Tool

Sophos program doesn’t have a graphical interface. It is text-only. Further, you won’t experience a lot of options for customization.

Don’t worry. There are good aspects too. You can choose the files you need to put in the recycle bin. You can select automatic malware deletion or the manual option. And if your device is low-power, this might be a good option.

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