The new Avira Rescue System – join the beta test

We are currently developing the new Avira Rescue System and would like to invite you to join the beta test which is starting now. You are welcome to give feedback, report bugs, suggest enhancements and thus be actively involved in the development of this exciting new product.

We start the beta with the minimum viable product which contains just the scan wizard and we will add additional features in the course of the beta.  You can influence what will be implemented in the future versions. We already know some things that are highly wanted: updating the detection, repairing the system,  several GUI enhancements to be added to the beta version in regular intervals.

Feature descriptions

  • Based on Ubuntu

The new Rescue System is based on an adapted Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop system and runs on that platform as an independent application. Thus it provides support for a broad range of hardware and drivers and should run on a large number of systems available on in the market or used by customers.

  • Scan and repair a Windows System

Different than the Avira AntiVir Rescue System that is still available on the Avira website, the new Avira Rescue System is not only be able to scan a Windows system (XP, Vista, Windows 7) but it can also repair such a system, for example undo the changes that malware might have done to the registry in particular. Thus the Rescue System is the right answer to the growing number of malware, which cannot be removed as long as a system is still running.

  • Bootable image and Start up

 It is available as an .iso file which can be written on a CD or installed on a bootable USB stick prior to using it.
On startup of the GUI the product checks for an internet connection that is necessary to
perform an update of the detection prior to the the scan and repair. If no connection is found
the user is prompted to setup one.

  • Completely new GUI

The product comes with a completely new GUI that is directed at the inexperienced, layman
user. Thus it centers on a scan and repair wizard which splits the scan and repair into a few
easy steps.

  • Scan and Repair Wizard and Updating

The Scan and Repair Wizard is started via the Welcome page.

The wizard offers:
- A partition selection page that shows all mounted partitions using their Windows names
- A scan progress page that shows the progress of the scan. Each scan is started by an update of the detection so that always the latest update is available. If no update is possible the product automatically uses the existing detection that comes with the .iso file.
- Suspicious files that are detected during the scan are automatically renamed so as to render them harmless. There is a command line tool available to undo the renaming for all files or specific files should there be a false positive among them.-The repair is done as an integral part of the scanning and must not be started separately by
the user.
- A results page finishes the scan and repair run. Scan and repair details are displayed in a scan and repair report.
- The scan and repair wizard uses an inbuilt configuration that is not available to the user to make sure that the scan and repair always delivers the best possible results.

  • Registry editor

- The product is able to access the registry of a local Windows system. This is needed for the inbuilt repair functionality. But the registry access is also available via the GUI to allow
manual edition of the registry. This registry editor is developed by Avira and covers the main features as provided by the Windows Registry Editor.

  • Remote Connection

- Sometimes a user might need help when trying to scan and repair his system, rescuing data or doing other things. For this the product offers to open up a remote connection via a remote desktop connection client.