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BitDefender Rescue CD
by Arawn on Fri 25th Sep 2009 17:32 UTC
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As much as I like ClamAV or its derivatives (ClamWin), IMHO the best course is the BitDefender Rescue CD, that allows you to boot from a Live CD (it's based on Knoppix), update the signatures definitions and scan the Windows partition offline.

You can get BD Rescue CD from here:

Only problems I foresee are the Windows partition(s) being marked as 'dirty' (in need of a chkdsk, won't be automatically mounted) or not being able to update the signatures definitions (some sites have proxies and such, and/or other impediments).

Or, in line with more daring suggestions already made, getting a password changer somewhere and remove the local administrator password.

Edit: typo.

Edited 2009-09-25 17:39 UTC

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