PC Tools’ Alternate Operating System Suite (AOSS) is a software suite for Windows that functions not only as a free bootable antivirus program but also a file recovery and data destruction program. The menus are easy to navigate through and you can start a virus scan in just a few moments after booting into AOSS. Note: This review is of Alternate Operating System Scanner version 2.0.5, released on December 9, 2010.
Alternate Operating System Scanner Pros & Cons
AOSS certainly has some downfalls, but it’s also very simple to use:
- Graphical user interface
- Easy to work with
- No custom settings (scans are easy to start)
- Includes other useful free tools
- Built for the Windows OS only
- No custom settings (not very advanced)
- Over 350 MB download size
Install Alternate Operating System Scanner
Download the ISO Image from the download page to get started. The program file will be calledonce it’s been added to your computer. Next, you must burn the Alternate Operating System Scanner program to a disc. Once you’ve successfully burned the program to a disc, you must boot to it before Windows starts up.
My Thoughts on Alternate Operating System Scanner
Because Alternate Operating System Scanner doesn’t have any scan options or other custom settings, you can begin a scan fairly quickly once you’ve booted to the disc. On that note, if you’re looking for a program that lets you perform particular scans like checking certain folders only, you won’t find it with AOSS.