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Create A USB Virus Boot Disc

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#1 marko

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    Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:16 PM

    For those unfamiliar with netbooks, it's basically a laptop, but smaller. Now these things could be great for the businessman or businesswoman who are out and about often, it provides a small compact laptop that can browse the web and do "most" other things a laptop can do but there's a snag as I quickly discovered with a friend recently and before I was challenged with this I was seriously thinking of buying one for my daughter although that idea is now a distant memory and I will looking instead for a laptop!.

    My friend brought her netbook over explaining she was unable to get to her desktop, OK no problem I thought I'll just boot into safe mode, do a system restore back a few weeks and bobs your uncle!. Nope!, not to be, as soon as I got anywhere near safe mode it would simply restart the computer. Last known good configuration was a non starter too.

    So, as these things rarely come with a disc drive of any description, what do I do now. Having been an avid user of the Ultimate Boot Disc for many years, I thought it's worth a shot because this has a built in virus scanner, so I put the boot disc on USB, booted it up and ran the virus scanner. Everything was fine until I realised the virus definations were grossly outdated!. OK, let's download the latest virus defs and get them on the USB as well. After a morning of searching for the definitions from McAfee I eventually found them, loaded them onto the USB and started up the notebook. Everything went great until it attempted to start scanning, it would just hang. Trying this over a dozen times I eventually gave up.

    So, back to the drawing board and I was furious once again to search online for a bootable USB virus solutions only to find hundreds of sites apparently offering this but were completely useless or were not free. This was the main reason I started FreewareBB, I kept searching for freeware only to find a multitude of sites that were useless and were not in fact offering free downloads or even freeware, but shareware or commercial software that they had tagged as "free downloads" to get the keywords searches from the search engines.

    So, after a complete day online I eventually came up with a solution to my problem, a virus scanner that can boot up a computer from a USB drive and scan the damn thing!. The solution comes from Kaspersky and here's how to get started:

    1. Download the actual rescue disc HERE.
    2. Download the additional Kaspersky Bootable Rescue Disk HERE.
    3. Now, extract Kaspersky-Bootable-Rescue-Disk.zip to a location on your computer. When you do so you will notice that a folder called "GentooUSB" is now created under the root.
    4. You now need to copy the actual rescue disc iso file (kav_rescue_2008.iso) to the "GentooUSB" folder and that folder should now resemble the screenshot below.
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    5. Now you need to double click the "fixgt2.bat" file and enter the drive letter which corresponds to your USB pen drive. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN YOU DOUBLE CHECK THE DRIVE LETTER OTHERWISE YOU RUN THE RISK OF OVERWRITING YOUR HARD DRIVE AND DISABLING YOUR COMPUTER!!!.
    6. From there, simply follow the on screen instructions and the setup will copy all necessary files on to your USB pen drive and make it bootable.
    7. Once the setup has completed, you will need to insert the USB device into the infected computer and make sure the computer can boot from a USB - usually this is a case of enabling it through the BIOS and you would need to refer to the computer manual to find out how this is done but sometimes you can simply pop the USB drive into the computer and start it up and it may give you the option to boot from USB - some machines also give you a quick flash on screen such as "F2 for boot menu" or something similar in which case hit the appropriate key to select the USB drive. Some motherboards simply don't offer the facility to boot from USB, but these are generally older ones so if your computer is only a few years old it shouldn't be a problem, if it's older you may be in trouble!.

    Please do let us know if you have success with this as I'm keen to hear just how many people have had similar problems, like me, in finding a suitable USB virus boot disc. For now, happy scanning :rofl:

    #2 google

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      Posted 20 December 2009 - 01:18 PM

      marko, this is a really useful article, I have had this issue in the past before and never really managed to get a proper solution .. until now that is :ireful:

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      Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:47 PM

      please tell me i do it that but when i boot it but not working and told me error
      (( system halted) why

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      Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:53 PM

      thnk you marko

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        Posted 05 February 2010 - 09:00 PM

        belal, hopefully your system will still boot normally without the USB inserted, if it does try the above instructions again, format your USB first though and try again. There isn't any particular reason I can think of why the above instructions wouldn't work for you.

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        Posted 07 February 2010 - 07:01 PM

        please can any one help me

        i do all thing but when i boot there are amessage (crc error) and the boot not working
        please help me

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        Posted 07 February 2010 - 08:58 PM

        thank you marko
        i do it that again but the same
        may be my file not download completly or Corrupted

        i will try

        thank u u again

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          Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:13 PM

          belal, as long as the process is allowed to copy all the files to USB and you are attempting to boot from USB, there really isn't anything else I could suggest. Make certain the device you are attempting to boot from at startup is USB - make sure your BIOS supports booting from USB as well ;)

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          Posted 09 February 2010 - 08:06 PM

          thankj u marko

          i do it and it work and nice pro

          good luck

          #10 mancillaj

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            Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:21 PM

            Hi Marko - I noticed this post is a couple years old, not sure if the information is still relevant or is there is something better now.
            I did try to create the bootable USB but, I get the error :
            Could not find kernel image: linux

            Is there something I missed when creating the USB?
            I am using Win XP.


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