Virus Scan with Kaspersky from a Bootable USB Flash Drive

Kaspersky Antivirus normally catch virus that were undetected by some anti-virus application. This is why I often use their web-based scanner. But since the release of Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10, doing virus scan offline is very much possible. This tool was created to scan computer infected with a virus and was not able to remove by a locally installed security application. To have the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 to your bootable USB flash drives, just follow these simple steps.

How to Create a Bootable Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk

From a clean and uncompromised computer, do this:

1. Download a copy of Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 here.

2. Download a copy of Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk Maker or rescue2usb.exe here.

3. Insert a clean and formatted USB flash drive.

4. Double-click on rescue2usb.exe and if prompted, click on Install. It will create folder Kaspersky Rescue2Usb. By default, Kasperky USB Rescue Disk Maker will run after installation, if not please double-click on rescue2usb under the folder Kaspersky Rescue2Usb.

5. USB Drive available will be automatically selected by Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk. If not, please manually choose which USB flash drive is going to be used for Kasperky USB Rescue Disk Maker.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk Maker

6. Click on Browse to select the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 you have downloaded earlier. The file name is kav_rescue_10, an ISO file.

7. To begin, click on Start button and it will reformat your USB drive to make it bootable. Just follow all the prompts until all files are loaded into USB drive.

8. Shortly, process will be completed and prompt to close the application, Click OK.

Kaspersky USB Maker Finish

It is best to use USB flash drives that has a “read-only” or lock functionalities so that you can set it to read-only before inserting to an infected computer to avoid infection.

How to Boot Computer Using Kaspersky Antivirus from a USB Flash Drive

1. Modify the BIOS/CMOS of the infected computer and configure it to boot on a USB first. Some computers, particularly laptop, have the option key to select where to boot computer without modifying the BIOS. Turn off the computer.

2. Insert the created Kaspersky USB Flash drive to the port.

3. Turn on the computer.

4. Kaspersky USB Rescue Disk will boot with required settings under Linux environment. After boot-up, it will prompt you for choices whether you wanted to load it in Command of Graphical User Interface mode. Choose GUI for ease of use.

5. It may take some time before the Graphical User Interface fully loads on to the screen.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk Scanner Image

7. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all detected threats.

8. After scanning, close the application and turn off the computer by going to preferences on the lower left part of the screen.

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21 Comments

  1. Raphaelle
    Oct 31, 2010 @ 02:40:25

    All of the installation worked…
    I scanned my computer..
    But then it said, «Kaspersky not updated»
    How do I update?

    Thanks !

  2. luis orellana
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 06:54:41

    I’ve trying to create the usb solution and always I got a message saying that some files are present and if I want them to be overwrited. I said yes and don’t allow me to do so. I’m not able to finish the Start up disk creation

  3. Walter Rodriguez
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 13:52:19

    Great post!! Everything worked up until the USB boot device looked for the boot image. Not a huge problem as I resolved it by burning the ISO to a CD and pushed in after the USB booted the laptop. Thanks so much for the help!!!

  4. Sam
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 11:13:43

    its worked. thanks..

  5. PM
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 21:18:54

    Tried this – setup USB device then setup startup on infected PC to USB and plugged in USB device – switched on infected machine then get message “missing operating system”. HELP!! what should i do?

  6. Patrickus
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 05:46:23

    Hey PM you might want to check the drive. BIOS is not detecting the HDD, boot to BIOS.

  7. Karen
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 18:27:41

    This didn’t work for me. I was able to burn it to a DVD. Booted from the USB and then inserted the DVD. The splash screen for Kaspersky came up, but then Windows started right after that (even though I had gone into BIOS and disabled the hard drive boot up) with the splash screen for the virus. I ended up using Task Manager to stop some services that I didn’t recognize. Wish I had written down which ones I stopped because one of them made the virus splash screen go away. After that, I launched AVGFree from Task Manager and did a full computer scan. That found the virus and quarantined it. Then I ran Norton Win Dr. and restored all the windows (XP) components that were mucked with by the virus. Eveything is back to normal.

  8. Andrew
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 23:30:03

    I’ve created the Bootable USB but my laptop doesn’t give me the option to boot from USB. How do I create the bootable device on a CD? I can’t get past the Think Point Pretty Picture on my laptop.

  9. Dennis
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 06:18:30

    It would be easier to use cd burning software such as Nero to “burn image” Karspersky Rescue Disc 10 to a cd and then Configure bios to prioritize CD boot. After the scanner boot up, make sure u have ur internet connection then go to the “My Update Center” tab and click “Start Update”. After update is done, database status should indicate that it is now up to date. Come back to the “Objects Scan” tab, check all options, and start the scan.

    PS: in my case, the update failed even if i have my wireless on. I tried plugging in an ethernet cable and it worked.

    Hope this help

  10. Saidu Sesay
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 09:39:31

    I will like to be a member.

  11. oshan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 04:22:07

    it,s very good

  12. oshan
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 04:22:45

    gooooooooooooood

  13. Neil
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 15:25:46

    This worked fantastic. Just follow the instructions and let the software do the work, make sure it has the ability to access the internet for the virus definition update. I tried a couple programs and they didn’t get rid of the XP 2011 Virus.

  14. Ajay
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 13:30:38

    I do not have a USB drive that can be locked. The moment I insert the USB drive in the system, everything on it gets over written with the virus.

    Is there a way that I can burn the Rescue Disk on a CD?

    Just burning the Image 10 on the CD does not work for me even with the internet cable plugged in allowing for update.

  15. rachna meas
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 07:45:45

    I do not have a USB drive that can be locked. The moment I insert the USB drive in the system, everything on it gets over written with the virus.

    Is there a way that I can burn the Rescue Disk on a CD?

    Just burning the Image 10 on the CD does not work for me even with the internet cable plugged in allowing for update

  16. rachna meas
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 07:46:47

    This didn’t work for me. I was able to burn it to a DVD. Booted from the USB and then inserted the DVD. The splash screen for Kaspersky came up, but then Windows started right after that (even though I had gone into BIOS and disabled the hard drive boot up) with the splash screen for the virus. I ended up using Task Manager to stop some services that I didn’t recognize. Wish I had written down which ones I stopped because one of them made the virus splash screen go away. After that, I launched AVGFree from Task Manager and did a full computer scan. That found the virus and quarantined it. Then I ran Norton Win Dr. and restored all the windows (XP) components that were mucked with by the virus. Eveything is back to normal.

  17. rachna meas
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 07:51:59

    Tried this – setup USB device then setup startup on infected PC to USB and plugged in USB device – switched on infected machine then get message “missing operating system”. HELP!! what should i do?

  18. Ryuto
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 06:59:36

    is working perfectly! I understand enough about data base and know what is actually extracting all the infected files … Attention people you do not need to burn to DVD or CD … just starting to extract software such as WinRAR or daemontools.

  19. ravinder kaur
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 14:12:12

    i scaned my pen drive with kaspersky antivirus which detected and removed virus. but i lost my all data. please help me and tell how to restore the same. those files are very important

  20. dr.hassan
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 08:22:11

    thanks

  21. Kyle
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 09:39:59

    I keep getting the message that rescue2usb.exe “won’t run on me PC”! Idk what to do. Help, please!!

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