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Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:47

AVG kills Windows viruses with Linux and emergency rescue CD


If your Windows PC has been infected with some net nasty, be it malware, viruses or that fake Facebook password reset slimeware, and you can't boot up your Windows PC or are stuck with ransomware pop-ups that are popping you out of your mind and stopping your from working, AVG's new Linux-based emergency boot CD, DVD or USB stick is freely downloadable and ready to help you thrash threatware and get you back to a working PC!

If your Windows PC is infected with some virus or malware, and you either can't boot up, or have a fake antivirus program telling you that there's some bad viruses on your computer that can be fixed if only you buy this software NOW... you have a problem.

Some will claim that problem is Windows itself, but if you're an affected Windows user, that's hardly helpful, and certainly doesn't solve your immediate virus problem. Sure, consider moving over to Linux or the Mac OS X and enjoy a world free of Windows targeting malware, but if you're on Windows and having problems now, this freely downloadable AVG rescue software could help you right now, when you need that help.

Given that some of the latest viruses are able to get past current anti-virus software for a variety of reasons, be it because that software is out of date, not present at all, not able to yet detect certain threats or because a user allowed malware to run on their machines thinking it was a Facebook password reset program or something else, solutions are needed to clean infected computers simply and easily, whether you're an advanced computer user or just a newbie.

So it's great to see AVG coming forth with a free emergency boot up CD, called the AVG Rescue CD.

AVG says that it's "used to recover computers that are not able to boot or are infected in a way that will not allow normal operation. AVG is now making the AVG Rescue CD available to all customers (including AVG Free customers). It can be downloaded to any CD or USB stick and then inserted into the damaged computer and used as the recovery disk."

As you'd expect, AVG says it is a "powerful offering" that "contains all essential tools for users", including a "comprehensive administration toolset", "system recovery from virus and spyware attacks", that it's "suitable for recovering Windows-based operating systems" and gives you the "ability to perform a clean boot from the CD or a USB stick".

How does it work and where can you get it? Please read on to page 2.

Here's how AVG says its free Rescue CD works.

"Upon booting a damaged computer using the AVG Rescue CD, the software will automatically mount all hard drives of the computer and scan them for viruses and malware. The AVG Rescue CD will also automatically restore a safe network connection to the computer. For advanced users, the AVG Rescue CD also includes a Windows Registry editor, a TestDisk utility for recovering deleted files and lost partitions, a file browser for navigating folders, and a Ping tool for basic network diagnostics."

Lloyd Borrett, Marketing Manager for AVG in Australia and New Zealand said: 'The AVG Rescue CD has been a must-have toolkit of essential utilities for system administrators and other IT professionals for many years. It's fantastic that it's now freely available for anyone to download and use. All AVG paid customers using the AVG Rescue CD can phone our local technical support team for full support.'

As mentioned, the AVG Rescue CD is a Linux-based boot utility with essential AVG security software already integrated.

You can download it free from the AVG Rescue CD part of AVG's site, and once downloaded, you can burn it to CD, DVD or extract it to a USB stick to boot from.


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