Bootable anti-virus disks and their importance

By | April 1, 2011

Viruses and malware are the biggest risk to our personal information and the safe running of our home and office computers. Unfortunately, even with the best anti-virus software you may still encounter problems and it is always good to have reliable and cost effective computer support.

If you really want to protect your computer, and limit the amount of damage that could be done, you might want to think about ‘Bootable Anti-virus Disks’. Here is a look at what they are and how you can benefit from them.

  • I already have anti-virus software. Even if you have anti-virus software sometimes you will still come under attack. We all know that we must keep our virus definitions up-to-date, but even if we do, we could be infected before the definition comes out. In most cases once you have the definition, your software will find the virus or malware and you will be able to extract it from your computer. The only problem is if the virus or malware is a particularly tricky one. Because you software is already running on top of your operating system you might not be able to detect it. Some of the nastiest and most destructive viruses and malware get deep into your computer and are undetectable by anti-virus software that is running on your system.
  • Bootable Disks. Bootable anti-virus disks are disks that you can use to boot up your computer, and simply put, they have enough information on them to start up your computer without using your normal operating system. This means that you can then run the anti-virus software from the temporary operating system on the disk, and then thoroughly check your computer. Your computer cannot always check all of itself, especially the core parts that it is using to be operating in the first place.
  • Rescue. Sometimes your computer will have crashed for some reason or another and it will not start again. In most cases this will have been caused by a virus or malware. If you have ‘Rescue Boot-able Disks’, you can attempt start up your computer using these disks and get it back into working order and then start it up again in the normal way.
  • Other Tools. Some of these Rescue Bootable Disks will have other features, to clean up your computer and get it running the best it can. You can only optimise a certain amount of your computer, but you cannot clean it completely thoroughly if you are not cleaning it from another boot-up source. Remember, the parts of the computer that you are using to clean and check others, cannot be modified if you are using them at that time. This is the big advantage with these kinds of disk. You are not using your computer’s system at all, your are standing on the outside looking in, and therefore you can clean and tidy it up 100%.

Rescue Bootable Disks are the best way to regularly clean up and protect your computer outside of your normal software operations while you are using your computer. If you still cannot get your system restarted, you might need to re-install the whole system. It is always a good idea to have a reliable and cost effective home computer repairs company on hand that will help you with the worst of situations. Always back-up just in case.

Tim Millett is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including computer support and computer repairs.

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