Norton Recovery Tool provides on-demand scanning and removal or repair of viruses, spyware and other security risks. This tool is not intended to be a replacement for continuous, real-time protection from the latest security risks. Do take note that Norton Recovery Tool does not detect rootkits. The minimum system requirements to run Norton Recovery Tool is a computer with 1.4 GHZ CPU and 1GB of physical RAM.
Just like many popular commercial antivirus company such as Avira, BitDefender, Kaspersky and F-Secure, Norton also has its own Rescue CD called Norton Recovery Tool where you can use it to boot up a computer (whether Windows is bootable or not) to recover a badly virus infected PC. Sometimes a computer is so badly infected by virus, your computer would be too slow to do anything or even worst, can’t boot up at all. A rescue disc would be the best way to scan your computer for virus because the virus will not be active and won’t interfere the antivirus program from doing its job. It can delete any virus found and hopefully lets you boot in to Windows again.
The latest Norton Antivirus 2009, Norton Internet Security 2009 comes with Norton Recovery Tool. If you purchased any of the 3 Norton products above from Symantec online store, the receipt will have an additional information that says “In case you need to recover your system from heavy infections click here to download the Norton Recovery Tool“. But if you bought the product key from somewhere else such as from ebay or an OEM reseller, you will only get the genuine product key without the link to download Norton Recovery Tool.
In order to use the Norton Recovery Tool to scan your computer for viruses, you’ll need to download the ISO from the link at the end of this article and burn the ISO file to a CD. Then follow the few simple steps below.
1. Insert the Norton Recovery Tool CD in the CD-ROM drive.
2. Exit all programs and restart your computer.
3. When you see the message “Press any key to boot the computer from CD or DVD”, press Enter.
4. In the Norton Recovery Tool window, select your language and click OK.
5. Enter your Norton 2009 Product Key, and click I Agree to accept the License Agreement.
6. Click Start Scan.
7. Follow the prompts.
8. After the scan is completed, remove the CD from the CD-ROM drive and restart your computer.
Norton Recovery Tool uses Symantec virus definitions to scan your computer for the latest security risks. Virus definitions are automatically updated when your computer is connected to the Internet with a connection that is “always on”. Wireless connection won’t work and DHCP server must be active to provide IP address. Most of the routers nowadays are configured to automatically provide internal IP address to a computer connected to it.
Note: Norton Recovery Tool is ONLY free for those who has a product key for Norton Antivirus 2008/2009, Norton Internet Security 2008/2009. Notice that I didn’t use the word “GENUINE” because a 25 digit product key generated by EDGE 2008.
Norton Recovery Tool for Norton Antivirus 2009 (x86)
Size : 222 Mb