FixIT Yourself – Free Antivirus and Diagnostics

March 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Yesterday I shared with you a free hard drive diagnostic utility from Seagate called SeaTools. Today I want to share with you the first of two free antivirus boot-disks. I like this one from AVG because not only does it automatically update itself with the latest virus definitions, but it bundles MemTest86+ to test your computers memory for problems along with a few other useful tools including a ping utility, file recovery utility, and registry editor for advanced users.

You can download the AVG Rescue CD (get the ISO version), and burn it to CD using ImgBurn or your CD burning program of choice. See my previous post for steps on creating a CD from an ISO file. Obviously if you have an infected computer, you will probably need to do this on a different computer unless you are able to work around the problems associated with your virus infection (pop-ups, slowness, crashes etc). Once you have the disk, simply insert into the infected computer and reboot. From here the process is simple and straight-forward. The AVG Rescue CD starts up, asks you to update the virus definition database from the internet, then you run a scan and do what you wish with the results (DELETE!).

If you’re still a bit skiddish, I’ve put together a slideshow of what the process should look like. Enjoy!

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Press Enter at the first screen to launch the AVG Rescue CD with default settings...
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Accept the license agreement...
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Choose Yes to download the latest virus definitions...
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Choose Online and press enter...
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Highlight "priority 4" and press the space bar to select, then press enter...
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The latest updates will be downloaded which can take a few minutes...
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Choose Scan...
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Choose Volumes
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Highlight each volume and press the spacebar to select, then press enter...
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Select these options for a thorough scan...
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Go grab a bite to eat while AVG scans your computer. This can take a while!

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Free Hard Drive Diagnostic Utility When Delete Isn’t Good Enough


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