Comodo Rescue Disk is a free bootable antivirus program that checks for viruses, malicious registry keys, rootkits, and more before your computer even starts up. The program interface for Comodo Rescue Disk resembles the same desktop experience you’re familiar with, which means using the program is as easy as with any other. Note: This review is of Comodo Rescue Disk version 2.0.275239.1.
Comodo Rescue Pros & Cons
- The interface is familiar and easy to use
- Option to scan archives
- Scanning can skip large files (of any custom size)
- Heuristics scanning can be customized
- Supports different scan types
- Checks for updates automatically
- Updates can be performed online or offline
- The download isn’t as large as similar programs (50-60 MB)
- Scanning specific files/folders can be a tedious task
Install Comodo Rescue
Click the “Download Comodo Rescue Disk” link at the bottom of this review to download the ISO image file for Comodo Rescue Disk. This is the entire program contained in one file. After creating the disc, just boot to it instead of logging into the operating system.
My Thoughts on Comodo Rescue
This program is so easy to use once you’ve booted into it, that you’ll think you’re running a regular application on your desktop because that’s basically what Comodo Rescue Disk provides. You can choose to Enter the Graphic Mode or Enter the Text Mode when Comodo Rescue Disk first starts up, but I recommend the graphic mode for a more familiar interface and an easier way to navigate the menus.
I say above that Comodo Rescue Disk has different scan types. What I mean by this is that you can run a Smart Scan, Full Scan, or Custom Scan to scan different areas of the computer. For example, with the Custom Scan option, you can scan individual files/folders instead of checking the whole hard drive, which can save loads of time if you already know what you’re wanting to scan.
With that being said, the way you add files and folders to the scan queue makes for quite a long wait because you must browse for the location each time. Normally, with such an option, you can place a checkmark next to each folder or file you want to scan, but Comodo Rescue Disk doesn’t provide such an easy method. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still a very useful feature to have, especially considering many other bootable antivirus programs make you scan the whole hard drive without the option to check particular locations only.
Although Comodo Rescue Disk will automatically try to update itself before starting a scan, you are able to skip it if you don’t wish to wait for it, which is a nice feature to have if you’re in a hurry. It’s important to note that when updating to a newer program version (not just virus definitions), it’s not an in-place update like you’d imagine with a regular desktop application. Instead, you’ll be prompted to save the updated ISO image to your computer, but it’s not usable until you’ve logged back into the OS and re-burned the file to a disc.