How to Get Rid of a Virus (Even When Your Computer Won’t Boot)

So you’ve contracted a virus that’s taken over your computer, and you can’t even boot up to try and troubleshoot the problem. The solution: Create a rescue CD, boot into a safe environment, and rid your PC of any nefarious software while it sleeps. Here’s how to do it with minimal effort.

This year, a new product called the FixMeStick came out that makes virus eradication dead simple. With just a couple of clicks, you can boot using your FixMeStick so that it can attack the viruses while they’re inactive, leaving them defenseless. The only problem: the FixMeStick costs $59.99, which is more than most people are willing to spend.

Luckily, you can easily create your own FixMeStick-like rescue disc with just a blank CD and one of many free programs. Here, we’ll show you how to put one together and use it to eradicate any viruses on your system — via Lifehacker

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