Bitdefender Rescue CD v2

Everything you need to know about Bitdefender Rescue CD

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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.

This review is of Bitdefender Rescue CD v2, last updated on December 12, 2018. It's unlikely that new updates will be released, but if there is a newer version we need to review, please let us know.

Bitdefender Rescue CD Pros and Cons

Apart from its large size, Bitdefender Rescue CD is a great program. Take a look at its pros and cons.


  • Its graphical user interface is easy to use.
  • You have full control over what you're scanning.
  • The tool supports advanced scan options.


  • It's a large download (about 850 megabytes).
  • The program takes a long time to start up.
  • Bitdefender no longer supports it.

Install Bitdefender Rescue CD

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 the ISO image to a disc.
  3. Boot to it from your computer to use the program.

If you need help creating the bootable disc, see How to Burn an ISO Image File to a DVD. 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 of the 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 Bitdefender no longer updates the program, meaning that it's not ideal for detecting newer viruses, and it takes some time to download the software, there's not much to dislike about Bitdefender Rescue CD.