Kaspersky Rescue Disk v18

A full review of Kaspersky Rescue Disk, a free bootable antivirus program

Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a software suite with tools like a free bootable antivirus program, a web browser, and a Windows Registry editor.

The virus scanner lets you scan any file or folder on the computer without requiring you to scan the entire hard drive, which is a very useful feature.

What We Like
  • Has a friendly graphical user interface

  • Scans compressed files

  • Easy to run scans and updates

  • Lets you scan specific files/folders

  • Supports more advanced scan options

  • Includes other free tools

What We Don't Like
  • Download is around 600 MB

This review is of Kaspersky Rescue Disk version 18. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review.

Installing Kaspersky Rescue Disk

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

To install Kaspersky Rescue Disk, first download the ISO image file from the download page. The file will download as krd.iso.

At this point, you can choose to create a bootable disc or a bootable USB device. Either one will work, but the latter is a bit more complex.

To put Kaspersky Rescue Disk on a disc, see How to Burn an ISO Image File to a DVD, CD, or BD. If you're wanting to use a USB device instead, see our ISO to USB guide here, as well as Kaspersky's explanation of the specific settings you need to use.

Once Kaspersky Rescue Disk is installed, you'll need to boot to it before the operating system loads. If you need help doing this, see How to Boot From a CD/DVD/BD Disc or How to Boot From a USB Device.

Our Thoughts on Kaspersky Rescue Disk

When you first boot into Kaspersky Rescue Disk, press Enter to open the English version.

The next screen has you pick if you want the graphic version or the text version. This is up to you but Kaspersky Rescue Disk. Graphic mode is much easier to use since you can point and click on menus like you would in a regular desktop application. So, press Enter when you see that option.

After several screens of code run through, the virus scanner will open automatically so you can scan the disk boot sectors, hidden startup objects, the whole hard drive, or any specific file/folder. Accept the license agreement and privacy policy with the Accept button.

We love that you can scan only part of the hard drive instead of the whole thing. This is very useful if you already know what you want to scan so you don't have to waste time checking the whole drive for malicious files.

From the Change parameters link, you're able to adjust the scope of the scanner so only certain folders are scanned, just the boot sectors are checked for viruses, etc.

There's a regular desktop within Kaspersky Rescue Disk that lets you edit the registry, browse the internet, and even explore the operating system like you would if you were logged into a user account, which is very helpful if the malware is preventing you from booting to the system.

The only thing we can find that we don't like about Kaspersky Rescue Disk is that it may take some time to download because the ISO image is rather large.

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