Virus rescue disks are a great option in the event where your antivirus software has stopped functioning. They are available from a number antivirus vendors and are simple to use. Users can modify how the program monitors the system.

Some provide a more familiar desktop experience, while others provide users with a variety of bonus applications. Kaspersky’s Rescue Disk, for example, is powered by Xfce Linux and includes Firefox, Thumar File Manager, and a few other applications that can be useful for other uses. This rescue disk includes a feature which allows you to select which files should be scanned or to indicate whether you want to exclude files that are that are larger than a certain size.

Other rescue disks don’t have sophisticated interfaces like Trend Micro’s. It does not have a graphical user interface and users navigate using arrow keys. This simple rescue disc is able to make up for the lack of features through its size and proving to have a strong track record in finding malware during AVComparatives’ real-world protection testing.

If you’re looking for a more user-friendly alternative should look into ESET’s SysRescue Live that has one of the most well-designed and polished interfaces on this list. It runs the same antivirus engine that is the basis of the full-featured software offered by the company. The graphical interface lets you choose a range of options for customization, including the ability to run a smart or customized scan, exclusions and whether to perform a quick or a full scan.