Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10

I had previously written about Kaspersky Rescue Disk and I had also created a simple batch program to update to it.

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

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.



About the Author: Bharat Balegere

Bharat Balegere is a 27 year old blogger from Bengaluru. He is a technology enthusiast and loves tinkering with computers and usb drives.

21 Comments + Add Comment

  • Kaspersky stops at 99% forever and gave no report.
    Menu is hardly readable due to screen resolution (you can’t change it)

    • I had similar issue when booting using qemu emulator, but on real h/w it worked (but did not find ant network adapter :-( )

  • It is interesting to know information on rescue disk…I’ve never heard this technical detail before…great article…your website looks nice and informative…keep up the good job dude…just curious to know if it is same as windows repair menu..

  • @Bharat Balegere…
    Hello Bharat. This Kaspersky 10 is great tool and I am using KAV rescue disk from 2008. This new rescue disk have RAID drivers which is very usefull!
    But, how to update ISO file?
    I am using your batch file for updateing but it is working only for updateing from internet. But I am using KIS 2010 with “copy updates to folder” setting which copyes all bases to one folder.
    In KAV Rescue disk 2008, I change your script to use files from that folder, not from internet, and it is worked smootly.

    How to update ISO file rescue 10 using files from that folder and not from internet?

    Thanx in advice.

    • Another thing. New iso file (using files from updates folder) cant boot in VirtualPC. It is saying that there isnt CDROM after booting kernel…

    • Thanks a lot for informing me about the feature “copy updates to folder” setting.I was not aware of it.
      I will update my batch file to support updating from a local source.

      • WOW!!! Great, fast replay!!!
        One more thing. In script there is one error with command for making ISO file. Part of your command is -c boot\ but i think it should be -c boot/ with right-slash sign…

        I am waiting your script because it is great for making most fresh version of rescue disk.

        Good day.

  • Hello Bharat.

    Any news about Kaspersky Rescue 10 disk updater?

    • Can you please tell me where you found the “copy updates to folder” feature?

      • Hello Bharat!

        1 click on KIS to KIS 2010 (I think all versions have that option) on taskbar.
        When KIS opened, go to Settings (upper-right corner).
        Under Settings window, go to My Updater Center on left side.
        On right side of My Updater Center, on the bottom is Copy Updates to a folder.
        And thats it!

        Similar is on KIS, KAV.

        Hope to get batch updater soon….

        • Oh, sorry.

          It is working only after first Update because it needs all files…

          • Any news with new script?

            Thanx a lot!

  • Hello Bharat!

    Is there some change in script for updateing and building updated rescue disk?

    Thanx in advice.

    • Bharat, I am reading now some text from Kaspersky site. It is probably the problem with Update distribution folder, where Kaspersky copyes updates, because Rescue disk 10 is from Kaspersky Antivirus 2011 and probably the structure of Update Distribution folder is changed.


      • Hi
        I just tested my updater with the latest kav_rescue_10.iso and it works fine.What are the changes mentioned in the kaspersky site?Can you post the link to that page?What changes are you expecting in my Update script?

        • Well, Bharat, please can you review the comments what You and me discouse before 2 weeks?
          We talked about your script and ability to get updates from Update distribution folder which Kaspersky uses for backup all updates. You said that You will test it and You didnt comment any of my comments.

          If Your script has ability to get updates from that folder or any other Kaspersky folder on local computer but not from internet, well I am suppresied and I am happy about it.

          Thanx in advice.

          • Can you please give me more details about the update distribution folder?I am unable to find it on my computer.
            I do not have Kaspersky Anti Virus Installed on my computer.I just have the bootable rescue disk.

  • HI gnikolic.
    I have updated the batch updater to support updates from local folder.

  • Hello Bharat.

    I am suprised for your work, but I downloaded from and it isnt working jet. It is downloading updates from kaspersky site but it isnt using updates from my local folder. What is the problem? Am I using a wrong kaspersky updater?

    Thanx in advice.

  • It is working again! Look my post here:

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