Make a rescue disk with Kaspersky and you have a great antivirus scanner and recovery environment at just under 400MB in size. A rescue disk is a simple, cut-down OS from which you can troubleshoot a system – if your main system won’t boot up, then booting into a rescue disk will give you a basic OS from which you can run diags and fixes.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk will easily fit onto a CD, DVD or USB, is completely free, and provides and excellent antivirus framework and recovery environment. If you have Kaspersky antivirus, there is a special tool within the console that allows you to create media. This guide assumes you don’t have this and are working from scratch.

To begin, download the Kaspersky Rescue Disk .iso from the Kaspersky support site. If you want to compare the MD5 hash of your .iso to the actual MD5 hash, click this link to go to the Kaspersky site.

  • Set the path for the .iso file (probably in your downloads folder), choose the USB device and hit start. My USB device is the one from my WinPE tutorial so isn’t empty. It’s worth starting with an empty USB and adding files as/when you need them.
  • If you want to create a CD/DVD, you can burn the .iso file using a 3rd party tool like Nero, Starburn or Power ISO. Windows also has a free bootable USB/DVD maker tool here – http://wudt.codeplex.com/ – although sometimes this doesn’t burn properly.

Once you have made your media, test it by rebooting and selecting it from the boot menu.