Security firm AVG has released a free utility which it claims can rescue damaged computer systems.
AVG Rescue CD is a boot disk tool which can be copied on to a blank CD or USB Flash drive, and used as an emergency boot disk should the system become damaged.
The utility had previously been available only as part of the company's small business security suite.
AVG Rescue CD performs a 'clean boot' of the system, mounting all hard disk drives and scanning for malware infections and damaged data. It then establishes a safe network connection for the machine.
The tool also offers features for administrators and more advanced users, such as a registry editor and file browser, the ability to recover deleted files and network diagnostics tools.
AVG said that the Linux-based tool will support Windows.
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