Bitdefender Rescue CD v2

Everything you need to know about Bitdefender Rescue CD

Bitdefender Rescue CD was retired in 2019 and is therefore no longer available from Bitdefender's website; you can try this archived download if you still want to use it. However, there are several other free bootable antivirus programs that you can use instead that are still being updated.

Bitdefender Rescue CD is just what it sounds like: a free, bootable antivirus (AV) program that you can use to fix your computer if it has been infected with a computer virus.

You can use this tool to scan any file or folder on your computer without having to check entire partitions for viruses.

What We Like
  • Its graphical user interface is easy to use.

  • You have full control over what you're scanning.

  • The tool supports advanced scan options.

What We Don't Like
  • It's a large download (about 850 megabytes).

  • The program takes a long time to start up.

  • Bitdefender no longer supports it.

How to Install Bitdefender Rescue CD

Bitdefender Rescue CD v2

To instal Bitdefender Rescue CD, complete the following steps:

  1. From the download page, select bitdefender-rescue-cd.iso to download the latest version of Bitdefender Rescue CD as an ISO image.

  2. Burn that file to a disc. If you need help creating the bootable disc, see How to Burn an ISO Image File to a DVD.

  3. Boot to it from your computer to use the program. If you've never booted from a disc before, see How to Boot From a CD, DVD, or BD Disc.

Thoughts on Bitdefender Rescue CD

If you'd rather not install the desktop version of one of Bitdefender's security products, Bitdefender Rescue CD is a great option. You can get some benefits of the virus scanner without having to boot into the operating system.

From the program's settings, select Enable the file drop zone to place an always-open box on your screen into which you can drop single files or whole folders for Bitdefender to scan. Other useful options include the ability to exclude certain file types from scans, scan archive files, and scan files that are smaller than a particular size.

In addition to a virus scanner, a shortcut on the desktop of Bitdefender Rescue CD makes it easy to download and install the free remote access program TeamViewer.

Although it takes some time to download the software and Bitdefender no longer updates the program, meaning that it's not ideal for detecting newer viruses, there's not much to dislike about Bitdefender Rescue CD.

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