Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 28, 2009
Updated • Mar 19, 2012
Antivirus, Security, Software, Windows

Many antivirus developers offer bootable rescue ISO images of their antivirus software programs so that users can use them to scan the computer system without having to boot into the installed operating systems. Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility combines antivirus rescue disks and system tools (like partitioning programs or boot managers) in one ISO image. This gives the user the means to run multiple antivirus rescue disks and other system tools from one disk or USB drive.

The core program can be downloaded directly from the developer's website. It does not ship with any of the antivirus rescue disks or system tools though. It is up to the user to download them individually with the possibility to skip programs by simply not downloading them.

The program itself is divided into four tabs that list the various tools that are supported by the antivirus rescue disk. The Italian interface can be switched to several other languages. A click on any entry will open a website with download possibilities. Some websites are also shown in the Italian language but it is usually not a big problem to change those to another language like English or German to download the tool in the right language.

The downloaded images and tools have to be placed in the right directory so that the program will recognize them during the creation of the bootable disk image. Here is the list of supported antivirus rescue CDs and other tools:

antivirus: Avira Antivir Rescue System, Bitdefender, Dr. Web Live CD, F-Secure, GData, Kaspersky Kav Rescue CD, Panda Safe CD and VBA Rescue

utility: Floppy win98SE, Clonezilla, Gparted, NT password, Parted Magic, System Rescue CD, Ultimate Boot CD

Linux: Austrumi, Damn Small Linux, NimbleX, Puppy Linux, Slax

PE: LiveXP, MegalabCD, WindowsPE, UBCD4Win, VistaPE

The program offers then to create either an ISO image which can be burned to CD and DVD or to make to copy the files to an USB device and make that device bootable.

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Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility is slightly more complex to setup initially. The tools that are combined on the disk or USB device on the other hand might make it an interesting option for users who usually run multiple antivirus programs and utilities in situations where they are needed.

The program can be downloaded from the developer's website.


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  1. sardu said on April 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    New Version SARDU

    Upgrade syslinux to 3.86
    Multiple PE 1.x
    Fix Clonezilla
    Add Dutch (thanks to Oddy)
    Add Spanish (thanks to mlopez)
    Add Polish (thanks to SamuraJack)
    Add Turkish (thanks to H. Canik)
    Change support VBARescue-beta to VBARescue
    Fix Gparted
    Add link to Forum
    Add Link to SARDU on Facebook
    Add support to Win XP Recovery disk (Test)
    Add support to Win Vista Recovery disk 32/64 bit
    Add support to Win 7 Recovery disk 32/64 bit
    Add defrag for USB
    Added update databases for Avira
    Added update databases for BitDefender
    Added update databases for F-Secure
    Add progress bar
    Add Support to kaspersky Rescue Disk 2010
    Add Support to Ubuntu/Kubuntu
    Add Support to AVG Rescue CD
    Add PLoP Boot Manager v5.0
    Fix support to Min Dr.Web LiveCD 5.0.x
    Fix Partition Wizard
    Add SHORT Keys: CTRL+ALT+C for list

  2. sardu said on October 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    New release:
    Change memtestp to 4.00
    Fix Floppy Win98 (new link, file .img)
    Change graphic CD/DVD/USB
    Add TestDisk, Photorec, LiloPwd
    Fix new name ISO puppy changed in pup*.iso
    Fix menu for ISO with pebuider
    Fix errors boot with pe
    Change Help
    Change Link MegaLabCD
    Fix RadioPE

  3. Rarst said on September 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Great find! Antivirus as self-running images are good idea but pain to maintain.

    Will surely try this soon. :)

  4. Rush said on September 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I picked this up about a month or so ago and love it. Probably one of my most useful utilities and the disk is one I carry at all times.

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