Avast Antivirus (Rescue Disk).

bobbyscot

Member
My computer HP Presario for some unknown reason is now unable to make a "Restore Point" or "Backup". I am now using Avast Antivirus software (Free), and note a "Rescue Disk" application is available, and I have made a copy on a USB flash drive. I would appreciate information and advise as to how it works? Is this "Rescue Disk" entirely different from Windows Restore Point? How is the USB "Rescue Disk" activated? Thank you, BobbyScot.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
This is what you do. It is easy and it is the best. Download the free Macrium Reflect. Its only purpose is to make back ups. You will then make a rescue disk that is only used when you have to rescue your computer
Once a week you back a back up image (very similar to system restore point). If you ever have a problem and you cannot boot, you use the rescue disc to boot and then you put the most current image on your hard drive. You are up and running again. The avast is not the same. It allows you to get the computer to boot, but if you have a virus or other problems you will still have them. With Macrium, you get rid of the old and install a new image.
Macrium Reflect Free
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
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    Dell USB
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bobbyscot

Member
Re: Avast Anti virus (Rescue Disk).

rich46, thank you for response to my thread. I tried out Macrium Reflect, however no trace could be found on HD selected of back up image saved. As a matter of interest, Avast, how do you open its backup? Thanks BobbyScot.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Read the tutorial about using Macrium. If you use it correctly you will have an image (put it on an external hard drive)
Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
I am not familiar enough with the rescue disc to give more information, but all it does is allow the computer to boot, so that you can try and remove the virus if any.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

bobbyscot

Member
I did try Macrium Reflect, however at power down, blue screen was filled with numerous writing "Windows is closing to safeguard computer from damage". After a completely removing MR from computer, blue screen has not been repeated, well I hope so. My computer must have a severe fault as any attempts to obtain a Windows Restore Point, is met with a caption "Catastrophic Error x.8000fff.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
    Motherboard
    PEGATRON Corp. Benicia (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0 GB DDR2 @ 399MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Viseo 230Ws ([email protected])
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Packard bell
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD5000AAKS-65AB2
    WS Elements 107C USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    Toshiba External USB 3.0 USB Device
    PSU
    750Watt
    Case
    HP Presario CQ5115 uk
    Cooling
    Internal fans
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse 1000
    Keyboard
    Logitech K400r Wireless
    Internet Speed
    Broadband 50M
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