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ESET SysRescue Live

If your computer is already infected with malware, it can be difficult to clean it or to even install an antimalware product. Traditionally, the onerous task of removing the computer's hard drive, connecting it to a known good computer and scanning it there would have been required, but thanks to ESET SysRescue, you can boot your computer into a safe, virus-free environment and scan and clean your hard drive in an offline state.

ESET SysRescue is a malware cleaning tool that runs independent of the operating system from a CD, DVD, or a USB. It has direct access to the disk and the file system, and therefore is capable of removing even the most persistent threats.

1 Download the ESET SysRescue Creator Tool

ESET SysRescue is a free download to help you clean a persistent malware infection from your computer. Once clean, you can install your ESET product for proactive, ongoing protection against threats.

In order to create your USB or CD/DVD Live Disk, you will need a Windows computer to run our SysRescue Live Creator tool.

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2 Create your ESET SysRescue Live disk

Once ESET SysRescue Live is running on your Windows computer, you will be given two options: Create USB drive and Create CD/DVD.

Choose whichever you'd like to use. We recommend USB flash drives since, unlike most optical media, they can be reused after you're done. Plus, USB is more common these days.

3 Clean your system with ESET SysRescue

Insert your newly created ESET SysRescue boot CD/DVD or USB flash drive and reboot your computer.

When presented with the ESET SysRescue boot menu, choose "Run ESET SysRescue".

Tip: If your system does not show the ESET SysRescue menu, you may need to enter your computer's BIOS and change the boot order, or on some systems you may see an option to press a particular key during boot to choose your boot device, at which time you may choose your USB/CD/DVD appropriately.

First things first, click "Update" to ensure your ESET SysRescue instance knows about all the latest malware. Once complete, click "On-demand scan" and then select "Smart scan" or "Custom scan". Follow the prompts to a clean system.

4 Add Proactive ESET Protection

ESET SysRescue Live is only intended as an on-demand scanning and removal tool to get rid of persistent threats. It will help you clean up existing infections, but it will not protect your system against incoming threats.

For comprehensive, real-time protection of your computer, you must purchase an appropriate ESET license for business use or for home use.

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