AVG Res­cue CD Busi­ness Edi­tion

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• Price: Free • Man­u­fac­turer: AVG • Web­site: goo.gl/xe8jRD • Re­quire­ments: 1GB RAM, 600MHz CPU, 1GB USB stick VG is one of the old guard of AV prod­ucts aimed at the home and busi­ness user. While it en­joyed some pop­u­lar­ity a few years ago, with its free AV prod­uct, the com­pany has since seen a re­duc­tion in its user base – since Win­dows 8.1 and 10 bun­dled the MS AV, un­doubt­edly.

How­ever, that doesn’t mean the com­pany has dropped the ball in terms of the prod­ucts it of­fers. In this in­stance, the AVG Res­cue CD Busi­ness Edi­tion is re­garded as one of the bet­ter res­cue discs avail­able. Al­though Busi­ness Edi­tion is in the ti­tle, it doesn’t mean that it’s ex­clu­sively for en­ter­prise en­vi­ron­ments, as the per­sonal user can get a lot from it too.

This is an ex­tremely small Linux-based res­cue im­age, weigh­ing in at just 160MB it’s a text-based sys­tem that en­ables you to scan the host sys­tem for viruses, run var­i­ous scripts to help fix com­mon is­sues, mount en­crypted file sys­tems, fix the Mas­ter Boot Record, re­cover deleted files, run a drive S.M.A.R.T. test, test the in­stalled hard drives, edit the Win­dows registry, run a file man­ager (Mid­night Com­man­der, in this case), ping a re­mote sys­tem and even run a text-based browser.

To be­gin with the AVG Res­cue CD will run a quick iden­ti­fy­ing scan of the host file sys­tem, then it’ll scan for a net­work con­nec­tion and of­fer the op­tion to up­date the AV sig­na­tures. Be­yond that, you’re left with a text menu sys­tem with the var­i­ous op­tions.

While it lacks a GUI, there’s some­thing pleas­ingly sim­ple about the AVG in­ter­face.

AVG in­ter­face

Per­haps it’s the old school look and feel that makes it such a re­as­sur­ing and user-friendly en­vi­ron­ment? What­ever the rea­son is, it is un­de­ni­ably quick in its op­er­a­tion.

With­out the weight of a GUI be­hind it, the AVG tasks are very quick at com­plet­ing. The

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