Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
Now after almost 2 years Kaspersky has released the next version of their Rescue Disk : Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10
You can download this latest rescue disk from http://rescuedisk.kaspersky-labs.com/rescuedisk/updatable
The filename is kav_rescue_10.iso and as of now it was last updated on 22 July 2010.The file size is 192.8 about 62MB more than the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 2008.This rescue disk is based on Gentoo Linux.
If you don’t know what is a rescue CD, it is a Live CD mostly used to recover a computer when the system cannot be loaded normally or will not allow normal operation, such as after an virus infection.It can also be used to generally remove viruses from a computer .
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is designed to scan and disinfect x86 and x64-compatible computers that have been infected. The application should be used when the infection is so severe that it is impossible to disinfect the computer using anti-virus applications or malware removal utilities (such as Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool) running under the operating system.
In this case, disinfection is more efficient because malware programs do not gain control when the operating system is being loaded. In the emergency repair mode, you can only start objects scan tasks, update databases roll back updates and view statistics.
The rescue disk takes about 2-3 minutes boot.This rescue disk has one of the most irritating boot menu.The boot menu has 3 stages.In the first stage you have to press any key within 10 seconds(otherwise the first hard disk is booted) to go to the Language Menu.In this menu you can choose between German, English, French,Russian and many other languages.The next Menu Contains 5 options.Graphics mode,Text Mode,Save Hardware Info,Boot Hard Disk ,Shutdown and Reboot.
I chose the Graphical Option and the Desktop took about 3 minutes to completely load.I was presented with the EULA and I had to press A to accept the agreement.Then all hard disks and usb drives are automatically mounted and the network is also configured automatically.It then prompted me to update my virus definitions which took about 3 mins.
Now I selected my C drive ,Disk Boot sectors and Hidden Startup objects and started the scan.My C drive contains Windows XP SP3 and is about 5GB(31,515 files).It took 30 minutes to completely scan my C Drive.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 also contains a Web Browser Shiretoko 3.5.6 and a Network Configurer.It also has the option to take screenshots.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 creates a folder called Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10.0 on your C Drive.This folder contains the downloaded updates ,Hardware Information,Reports and all your Screenshots are saved here.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 can be used from a usb drive by using the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 Bootable USB Creator
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 can be updated using Kaspersky Rescue Disk Updater
Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 allows performing the following actions:
- Configure objects scan settings:
- change security level
- change actions to be performed on detected objects
- create a scan scope
- change types of objects to be scanned
- limit scan time
- configure scan of compound files
- change a scan method
- set default settings
- Configure databases update settings:
- select an update source
- specify proxy-server settings
- specify regional settings
- roll back to previous databases
- Configure additional settings:
- select detection of specific threat types
- create a trusted zone
- configure notifications settings
- specify time of storing reports
- specify time of storing Quarantine and Backup objects
- Create a report on scan and update tasks.
- View statistics about applican’s functioning.
In conclusion ,there is not much change from the older Rescue Disk 2008 except for the Web Browser and the Network Configurer. The older Rescue disk updated using my Updater is more than sufficient to remove viruses.