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Rescue CD – help with PC emergencies

You suspect that your computer has a virus, but the local virus scanner finds nothing? Then it may be that you have caught a new virus that the immune system virus scanner does not yet knows about, or a variant that is able to hide from the virus scanner.

In these cases, you can use a rescue CD or a rescue USB stick. To do this, you install a specific variant of the Sophos virus scanner on a CD or USB stick. You then insert the CD or connect the USB stick to your computer and boot the system from a clean medium. This is how you trick the virus into detecting it – if your suspicions are correct.

How this works exactly and where you as a member of the TU Darmstadt can download the Sophos version for the rescue medium, you can read on the HRZ homepage.