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5 free rescue CDs:

This week... Free Rescue CDs

What was tested? Five free rescue CDs were reviewed and rated on quality and value. Subscription , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

1

AVG Rescue CD

9 out of 10 stars – Editor's Choice

Value for money: 9 out of 10 stars

It lacks a graphic user interface, which can make it daunting for less experienced users, but the wealth of tools and features present in AVG's Rescue CD are unmatched by any other contender in Micro Mart's test. Not only does it come with a virus scanner, but there's also a file manager, a registry editor, a disk integrity checker, a file recovery tool and even an internet browser.

   
2

Avira Antivir Rescue System

6 out of 10 stars – Highly Commended

Value for money: 9 out of 10 stars

The best feature of Avira's Antivir Rescue System is probably its simplicity, say Micro Mart. It's easy to get to grips with, its interface is clean and uncluttered and, despite being very well featured, with capabilities for detecting many different kinds of threats, it has no unnecessary options, although a more explorer-like interface would maybe make it a bit more user friendly.

   
Paragon Software Group Rescue Kit 11 Free Edition
2

Paragon Software Group Rescue Kit 11 Free Edition

6 out of 10 stars

Value for money: 8 out of 10 stars

There are many useful options in Paragon's Rescue Kit 11 Free Edition, but Micro Mart still found themselves wanting due to its lack of network connectivity and other useful features which are only found in the professional version. It's nonetheless a decent offering which can scan a PC's boot sector, undelete partitions or transfer files to another hard drive among other things.

   
System Rescue CD
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SysRescCD.org SystemRescueCD

5 out of 10 stars

Value for money: 8 out of 10 stars

SystemRescueCD differs from the rest of the packages on test by not including an anti-virus scanner. It's 100% Linux based, so it could scare off some Windows users, but its graphical user interface makes it more or less intuitive to get to grips with. Micro Mart praised its no-nonsense lightweight approach, but also said that they missed some of the tools found in other rivals.

   
5

Dr. Web Antivirus LiveCD

4 out of 10 stars

Value for money: 7 out of 10 stars

The folks at Micro Mart weren't too impressed by Dr Web's Live CD, saying that it could prove unstable on very recent hardware and that its anti-virus functionality was mediocre. There are a handful of extras included, but none of them is too useful: a file manager, a browser, a Linux console and an e-mail client, which maybe isn't the best thing to have on a compromised system.