AVG launch free rescue CD for poorly computers

March 25th, 2010 21 Comments By Andy Dawson
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A virus, yesterday

What would you say if we pointed you in the direction of free stuff that could help stop your computer from dying on its arse? You’d say ‘thank you Bitterwallet’ wouldn’t you? Go on then, say it before you move on to the next paragraph.

There – that didn’t hurt did it? Right now for the free stuff that could help stop your computer from dying on its arse. AVG, developers of the world’s most popular free anti-virus software have ramped up their offering with the launch of the free AVG Rescue CD.

It is able to help recover knacked computers that cannot be rebooted or are infected beyond regular operation and can be downloaded directly from AVG’s site. Just burn it to a CD or pop it on a memory stick and if your computer becomes snarled up beyond belief, with a bit of luck, you’ll be back in business in no time.

AVG put on a hat marked ‘Technical’ before blurbing: “Upon booting a damaged computer using the AVG Rescue CD, the software will automatically mount all hard drives of the computer and scan them for viruses and malware. The Rescue CD will also automatically restore a safe network connection to the computer. For advanced users, the AVG Rescue CD also includes a Windows Registry editor, a TestDisk utility for recovering deleted files and lost partitions, a file browser for navigating folders, and a Ping tool for basic network diagnostics.”

So there you go – free stuff that could help stop your computer from dying on its arse. Bet you’re glad you thanked us earlier.

Comments (21) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Chris March 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Nice one, thanks BW.

    In before everyone else who says AVG is crap and Avast is better. (I run Avast, but free st00f is free st00f). Link is broken at the moment btw.

  2. Posted by Elton Adams March 25, 2010 at 10:17 am

    LoL site is unavailable,

  3. Posted by init March 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Maybe AVG need to stick the disk in a few of their servers?

  4. Posted by PaulH March 25, 2010 at 10:41 am


    I used AVG before I installed Mcafee (yes yes I know, shoot me now, but when you bank with HSBC you get a free 1yr subscription)

  5. Posted by mein kampfy chair March 25, 2010 at 10:50 am

    @PaulH a pound of free shit is still shit, and at least you could use real shit to grow strawberries

  6. Pedantic Post


    is the UK users link

    (the embedded one above is for English speakers in India …)

  7. Link sorted. Thanks Rob.

  8. Posted by F. Finger March 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm


    They have english speakers in India?

  9. Posted by El dude March 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    All free AV’s suck, why do you think they are free? Not because they are a nice charity that wants to help the poor but to draw you in to buying a full product. AVG is a resource hog and only catches 24% of viruses – The new version of Norton is so much better than the rest, it’s catch rate is 94% and only uses 10mb of memory.

  10. Posted by pc March 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    AVG charge for business use, and it is free for private use.

  11. Posted by Jack of no Trades March 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    lol@ Elle Dude.
    You must work for DSG with that level of knowledge.
    And no I don’t want a £70 scart lead to connect my computer to my mobile.
    No need to reply. I know your machine is running slow.

  12. Andy,

    Thanks for the write up. Though, you do say “arse” a lot. :-)

    We hope the community find the Rescue CD/USB helpful.

    Jas Dhaliwal
    AVG’s Community Manager

  13. Posted by G Glitter March 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Eldude is an idiot…and thats coming from me.

  14. Posted by zeddy March 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    @ Jas Dhaliwal: He doesn’t just say arse, he frequently talks through it too.

  15. Posted by virusbod March 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Just an aside on AV software: PC Pro seem to quite like Norton 360 http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/software/355663/norton-360-v4

    My favourite AV product we found today at Currys: Kaspersky for MOBILE PHONES. Now there’s a reason to NOT buy Windows based smartphones

  16. Posted by (jah) wobbly March 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Norton is the best AV? hahahahahahahaha.

    Sorry. Even DSG wouldn’t take el dude – at least most dsg staff realise how shit norton is, they are just scummy enough to carry on selling it.

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  18. Posted by andyofyarm March 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    EL dude.Please post evidence for the figures quoted.Until then I shall refer to you as full of shit.

  19. Posted by Juan Kerr March 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Tried booting from USB with this and I get a “fatal: could not find any hard disks to mount”.

  20. Posted by Don April 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    You are aware that the initial ver. of this CD trashed a bunch of PCs including mine!

    Check out their Rescue CD forum section on the AVG web site for further details. AVG says now the problem is now fixed. And pigs fly – right?

    Also no way in no form is this free rescue CD anywhere close to the old $149 CD offered by the old Check AVG organization. The old rescue CD was based on WIN PE and had all kinds of features and functionality.

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