Anvi Rescue Disk is a free bootable antivirus program that runs on a Windows-like desktop environment using a full graphical interface with just a few buttons. There are multiple scanning options, including the ability to scan and repair malicious changes made to the Windows Registry.
Note: This review is of Anvi Rescue Disk version 1.1, released on January 14, 2013. The lack of individual file scanning is too bad, but there are plenty of features to love.
Anvi Rescue Disk Pros
- Has a familiar, graphical interface
- Can scan custom folders
- Scan the Windows Registry to repair changes made by malware
- Supports a quick scan and full system scan
- Dedicated section for quarantined files
- Download size is only around 100 MB
Anvi Rescue Disk Cons
- No option to scan individual files
Install Anvi Rescue Disk
Anvi Rescue Disk downloads as a ZIP archive with two files inside:and . The BootUsb program is used to burn the included ISO image to a USB device. Open that program and follow the directions provided to get the files on your flash drive. Once that’s done, boot from the USB drive to get started. See my How To Boot From a USB Drive tutorial if you need help. If your goal is to get Anvi Rescue Disk onto a disc, burn the included file to a disc with your favorite tool.
Most of the various computer maintenance and repair tools that boot from optical discs or flash drives are text-only programs. There usually isn’t mouse support, meaning no way to “click around” on the screen. Anvi Rescue Disk runs with a familiar point-and-click interface on an actual desktop, making it super easy to use. The only custom option you’ll find in this program is the ability to choose what folders to scan. If you’re not sure where to search for malware, it’s best to just use the Scan Computer option for a full system scan.
There are several other tools that you can use once you’ve booted to Anvi Rescue Disk. Most of them have nothing to do with virus scanning but they me helpful for other reasons if you can’t boot into the OS because of a virus. Some of those applications include an image viewer, the Firefox web browser, a PDF viewer, file managers, and a partition manager.
Something I didn’t like about Anvi Rescue Disk is the registry repair section. It’s meant for scanning and repairing issues the program thinks malware may have caused with the Windows Registry. After repairing the registry, you’re able to restore it back to the previous state in the event something went wrong during the repair process. Unfortunately, in my tests, it didn’t seem like the registry keys that I backed up were completely restored.