BitDefender RescueCD

Bitdefender RescueCD

Bitdefender RescueCD (USB) is for creating a bootable CD or USB (flash drive) to use on a computer that will not boot up to Windows due to damage caused by virus, trojans, worms or rootkits.


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Bitdefender Rescue CD is a free tool that scans and cleans your computer whenever you suspect a malware threat is affecting its operation. Bitdefender Rescue CD works without loading the operating system and can be set up either on a CD/DVD or on a USB flash drive.

Creating a Bitdefender Rescue CD on a CD/DVD:

To create a Bitdefender Rescue CD on a CD/DVD you need the ISO image which care be downloaded from here and an image burning application. In the example below we used InfraRecorder, a free tool compatible with Windows 7 or earlier; the application can be downloaded from here. For Windows 8, you can use Windows Disc Image Burner; find more details here.

To burn an image with InfraRecorder:

  • Insert a blank CD into the CD/DVD drive.
  • Open InfraRecorder and choose Write Image. A browser window will appear.
  • Go to the location where you have saved the ISO file.
  • Select the file and click Open. A configuration window will display the recommended settings for the current task.
  • Click OK. The CD is ejected after the writing process finishes.
  • Go to the infected computer and boot it with the CD you have just created.

Creating a Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB flash drive

When you cannot write a CD/DVD, you can use a USB flash drive. Bitdefender recommends Stickifier, a free open-source tool that creates a bootable Rescue CD on a USB flash.

Download Stickifier using the convenient link:

  • Stickifier executable(no installation required)
  • Stickifier source files

To save Bitdefender Rescue CD on a USB drive with Stickifier:

  • Open Stickifier and a wizard will take you through the necessary steps.
    • First you need to select the image source location from the available options:
      • Download from the Internet- Save the image to your computer directly from Stickifier. Use the Browse button to indicate the destination folder.
      • Select an existing ISO image, which you previously downloaded from the Bitdefender download page. Use the Browse button to indicate the source folder.
  • Click Next. In the new window, you need to provide the target removable drive for the Bitdefender Rescue CD files.
  • Mount the flash drive into the USB port and select the drive letter from the dropdown list.
    • NOTE:Before plugging in the flash drive, make sure it meets the requirements mentioned in the current window.
    • If the letter does not appear in the list, click theRefresh button.
  • Click Next. The installation process starts and the progress bars show the status of your installation.
  • When the installation is complete, click Finish. The flash drive is now ready to be used on the infected computer.