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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 independently of the operating system from a USB flash drive. It has direct access to the disk and the file system, and therefore is capable of removing even the most persistent threats.

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.

1 Download the ESET SysRescue Image

In order to create your USB or CD/DVD Live Disk, you will need a computer and a USB flash drive. Everything that is on the flash drive will be deleted, so make sure you either have a backup, or it is a new drive.

ESET SysRescue is distributed as a .ISO image, which means you must use a tool such as balenaEtcher or dd to create your bootable disk.

Free .ISO Download

2 Clean your system with ESET SysRescue

Insert your newly created ESET SysRescue 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.

3 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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