Saturday, July 09, 2011

Kaspersky Rescue CD

When it comes to antivirus tools, you never can have enough. There's almost always going to be situations where your usual methods don't work. Whether it's because there's a virus infection that's interfering with scanning, an antivirus that can't yet detect a particular virus, or even a LiveUSB that can't boot for various reasons.

Kaspersky Rescue CD is a Linux LiveCD meant for when you can't boot into your Windows PC, or when you can't remove some piece of malware while within the confines of a Windows environment. If you've ever used any Linux LiveCD (Knoppix, Ubuntu, etc) then you should have no problems booting into Kaspersky Rescue CD.

Kaspersky Rescue CD boot splash
Updating the Rescue CD

Kaspersky's update tab
The first thing to remember doing is to run the update. Particularly, if it's not a freshly downloaded and burned disc. This is where Kaspersky loses out: download speed. Kaspersky's update speed leaves a lot to be desired. Whether it's an installed copy on Windows or the Rescue CD, Kaspersky's updates download at speeds barely faster than 56K dialup. It's appalling. That's one reason why I use Kaspersky only as a last resort "when nothing else works". If the Ubuntu LiveUSB works, then you're better off installing a copy of Bitdefender or Avast! Linux Home instead.

Scanning for malware

Choosing your scan targets
Scanning speed is also another part that Kaspersky does poorly. Other anti virus software scan faster yet just as thoroughly as Kaspersky. This is the other reason it's a last resort option for me. In terms of detection, it's at least good so when my usual ways of removing malware fails I'll give this a shot.

Despite it's flaws, Kaspersky has good detection rates. It's not a good first line of defence tool, but works OK when you're out of options. You can download the latest build of the ISO from Kaspersky's website.