If malware hampers your ability to run normal antivirus software Bootable rescue disks can aid. These disks allow you to run a scan on your computer without having to run Windows, and they can often uncover files that antivirus software could ignore. Certain tools are able to scan the Master Boot Record of the hard drive. This is a feature which is especially useful in removing the most persistent or difficult to remove threats.
These bootable tools come with an interface based on text. However, they do provide options for customization, so you can choose to scan only certain kinds of files or folders, or even file sizes. The most effective of these tools have a an interface for users with graphics and support for advanced threats such as rootkits and ransomware.
AVG Rescue CD, with its basic but extensive GUI and numerous scanning options, is a good example. It’s also one among the few programs that can perform a full MBR scanning which is usually impossible with a non bootable software. However, it’s not the fastest on this list and its text-only interface isn’t for all users.
Kaspersky Rescue Disk is another great option that is fast, has a well-designed interface and can handle more advanced viruses. It offers features that are not often found in other bootable antivirus programs, such as the ability to scan boot sectors, hidden startup objects and files that are not fileless and the entire hard drive. You can also set exclusions to decrease the time it takes to check for malware. It detected all malware we sent, even those that weren’t detected by other antivirus software.