Free Bootable Malware Scanner For PC: Avira Rescue System

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Avira Rescue System is a free bootable malware scanner for PC, it can be used to boot up into Windows in case of a virus infection. Rescue System can be downloaded as an ISO image file, which you can then burn to a CD or DVD or you can create a bootable USB flash drive and boot the utility that way. You basically get a complete OS with which you can scan your PC for viruses.

The very first step of the setup of this free bootable malware scanner asks you to select a language and after that, you need to click on the Start Avira Rescue system option in order to start booting the utility.

Avira Rescue System default window
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Like we already mentioned, Rescue System is actually a full-fledged Linux system on top of which Avira software was installed.

Key features of Avira Rescue System are:

  • Free and very easy to setup: setup everything in just a few mouse clicks
  • Allows you to scan your computer in case that virus infection blocks your PC
  • Works with most modern PCs: regardless of the operating system that’s installed
  • Scans the file system using Avira, which has been tweaked to work from CD and USB
  • Other useful tools are also available, like file manager, updates and more

Similar software: Anvi Rescue Disk, Rouge Killer

Avira Rescue System images that you download are updated daily, so that when you download them, you’re always gonna be using the very latest malware definitions. This is useful for PCs that don’t have access to the internet.

How to scan for viruses using Avira Rescue System: free bootable malware scanner

Use either ISO Burner or Unetbootin and create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive from where you’re gonna have to boot your computer. To do this, you’re gonna have to press repeatedly one of the function keys or the Del key, it depends on your PC make and model. Read the instructions messages that show up as the computer starts.

Avira Rescue System working

What you see on the image above is just the malware scanner, but an entire system, based on Linux, loads up when you decide to boot your computer off of this free bootable malware scanner. Use the controls at the top in order to tweak and configure everything, check for updates, and of course start the virus scan.

Avira Rescue System working-3

This is the actual default interface screen where you can see lots of additional programs in the left launch bar, Firefox, file browser, partition manager. Rescue system is based off of Ubuntu. Those who are familiar to it can see it’s Unity interface on the image above.


Avira Rescue System is a great bootable malware scanner, which comes with a lot of additional tools, which you can use to scan your computer for viruses, and other types of malware also. File recovery from inaccessible systems is also possible using the built-in file manager. If you have an infection that’s so bad that the system won’t boot at all, then this utility is just the thing you need. Get it free.

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Works With: Windows, Linux
Free/Paid: Free