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Note: For a complete guide to AVG Rescue CD usage, please visit AVG Rescue CD guide.

The AVG Rescue CD can be used either in form of a CD/DVD or as an USB memory device. In both cases, the computer must be able to boot system from this device (see FAQ 2718 for other requirements).

Preparing the CD/DVD or USB disk

  • from the Download section, download the ISO image of AVG rescue CD.
  • To create a bootable CD/DVD use some CD/DVD burning application to burn the ISO image (e.g. Nero, imgburn, BurnAware Free). Do not use the Windows built-in burning feature as it will not create a bootable disk. In the application, no special settings are needed. Most applications for burning will include option to burn CD image files. Upon selecting this option, find the downloaed ISO file and start burning.
  • To create a bootable AVG Rescue USB drive, extract the content of the RAR or ZIP archive to your preferred location. Then double click the extracted setup.exe file. It will guide you through the whole process. You will be able to select a USB drive from a listbox and setup will copy all necessary files to the selected USB drive and it will make the USB drive bootable.
    Please be careful not to run the makeboot.bat file directly from hard drive of the computer! This would overwrite the boot record and make your system un-bootable.
  • Additionaly, the USB drive can be created from within the started AVG Rescue CD through the USB option in user interface.

Starting the AVG Rescue CD

When you have the CD or USB disk, insert it into the computer on which you want to run the AVG Rescue CD. If the computer is not set to first check and start from CD or USB device, set it in the BIOS of the computer. After that, restart the computer. The AVG Rescue CD boot screen will be displayed:

  • Press F1 if you want to set boot options, otherwise wait 10 seconds or pres the Enter key.
  • The system will boot up. It will automatically mount (make available) the harddrives of the computer and also set the network connection.
  • When asked, we recommned to confirm the start of automatic update.
  • Once the system is loaded, you will be presented with a simple user interface. From this interface basic features can be accessed.

Note: It is recommended to decrypt your hard drive in case it is encrypted before using AVG Rescue CD to ensure its full functionality.

Starting a scan

In the user interface, you can start the AVG scan:

  • Use the arrow keys and the Enter key to highlight the Scan option.
  • Specify whether you want to scan the whole disk or just specified directory.
  • Check options for the scan. It is usually not needed to change them and you can proceed by pressing the Enter key.
  • Confirm start of the scan.

The scan will now run on the selected files. No action will be automatically performed. After the test, result menu will be displayed. From there you can display report and also select the action for detected files:

  • Selecting Rename All or Delete all will rename all the detected files (adding a suffix to their names) or remove them from computer. Note, that if you remove important system file, the computer might not be able to work properly.
  • Selecting Individual will allow you to decide the action for each file.
  • The Select option will then allow you to perform action on selected groups of files.

Other options

You can also use other utilities of the AVG Rescue CD (see FAQ 2719). They can be found under the Utilities option in menu. Normal linux shell is also available. It can be accessed in another console (press ALT and F2, F3, ...) or by ending the AVG Rescue CD user interface (the Exit command). There is no password set for superuser (root).

After you are finished working with AVG Rescue CD, use the Shutdown or Reboot command in the menu to restart or turn off the computer.


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