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Bootable Thumb Drive AntiVirus


Recently, my wife asked me to fix a virus-infected laptop of a co-worker of hers.  The DVD drive didn't work, and after fixing it manually, I thought that it might have been handy to have a bootable USB Antivirus solution that had up-to-date signatures. 

I looked on the Internets, and saw this post:

http://askthegeek.kennyhart.com/index.php/2009/09/21/make-an-anti-virus-bootable-usb-thumb-drive/

That solution (Kaspersky's Rescue CD) seemed like a great one, but if you follow Ken's instructions you have to establish an account and get his SPAM in order to use it.

I remembered that I had a way to make a bootable USB from any iso usingunetbootin-337. 

So I downloaded the Kaspersky Rescue iso  kav_rescue_2008.iso, and using unetbootin, I burned that to a 128MB Thumb drive, and it works like a champ!   Here's a screenshot:


and here is what it looks like when you boot to it...


Kaspersky's Rescue CD will boot from the thumb, update via Ethernet (wireless probably won't work), and fix virus problems.  I don't have a huge statistical sample, but the one laptop I tried it on booted, updated the signatures (took kind of a long time), and scanned fine, so my bet is that it will work with most laptops.   It recognizes NTFS partitions natively, so there is no messing with that either, which is nice. 

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