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The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections. Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer. The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available.

Since the Rescue System is based on a Linux Distribution, this system can run even in the absence of a stable OS. It mounts the Hard disks automatically.


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  1. Download the .iso file from Avira AntiVir Rescue System. The company claims that this file changes regularly to reflect updates. So download the latest version.
  2. Burn the .iso file onto a CD-R with IMGBurn (CD-RW would be preferred so that you could erase it and then burn the latest version).
  3. Restart the PC with the CD inside the PC.
  4. Use the computers BIOS setup to boot from the CD.
  5. Once it boots, the interface presents a menu with 5 options
  6. Select Avira Rescue System.
  7. By default, it uses the German interface. Click on the UK flag (bottom left) to switch to English.
  8. Update the program if a wired LAN connection is present.

    This feature has known to freeze with certain Dell Laptops. If it doesn't update, hard re-boot the PC again and proceed from step 3 without updating.

  9. Run System Scan.

The Boot menu

  • Boot from Hard Drive (Local OS)
  • Boot from Avira Rescue System (Avira's Anti-virus Interface)
  • 3 Advanced options (Use this option if the PC has an old graphics card and cant boot into 800x600x16 resolution)

Sources and Relevant Links

Avira AntiVir Rescue System