Panda SafeCD Released

We just released Panda SafeCD version This useful utility comes in handy when you need to clean a friend's PC (or your own) from a malware infested state. It is specially useful for detecting and disinfecting malware infections which give regular AV products running within Windows a hard time.

  • Automatic detection and removal of all types of malware.
  • Boot from CD or USB stick.
  • Supports using updated signature files.
  • Supports 13 languages.
  • Supports both FAT and NTFS drives.

The download consists of an ISO. You can either burn this into a CD/DVD or alternatively create a more convenient Boot USB stick by using something like the Universal Netboot Installer (UNetbootin). 

In order to use a more updated signature database, the Panda SafeCD searches the registry for installed Panda applications that use the regular pav.sig file signature format. If you want Panda SafeCD to use a more updated signature file simply make sure there is an installed Panda product (normally in C:Program FilesPanda Security) with an updated pav.sig file. If the Panda SafeCD finds a more recent pav.sig than the one included in the ISO, it will use the more updated one.

For a more recently updated signature database file download pav.sig from this blog. Remember this signature file is for tests only and updated on a "whenever-I-feel-like-it" basis, so it should not be used for production systems. For critical situations and to disinfect production systems use our regular signature file which gets updated at least once a day.

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  1. http://
    Jul 28, 2009 - 07:33 AM

    Hi guys, good tool!! for future versions i´d suggest the posibility to update the signature (normal or beta) file directly from internet.


  2. http://
    Jul 29, 2009 - 01:42 AM

    If it has a GUI will be better, more user-friendly and easier to use.

  3. http://
    Jul 29, 2009 - 02:20 PM

    Sounds like Panda needs to be installed to use this tool. What happens if it isn’t?

  4. http://
    Jul 30, 2009 - 05:10 AM

    If we don’t have PADNDA installed in our PC, will this CD work ?

  5. http://
    Jul 30, 2009 - 04:53 PM

    If Panda isn’t installed, then you will surely die.

  6. Pedro Bustamante
    Jul 30, 2009 - 10:36 PM

    @overpowered, thanks for the suggestion. Will take it into consideration.

    @Rosster, @Maxim & @CherryPie, the SafeCD still works even if Panda is not installed on the machine.

  7. http://
    Aug 01, 2009 - 04:35 PM

    The main problem I have with these LiveCD's, is the fact I can't get them to work on my MultiBoot USB drive if they content is not copied directly at the root of the drive.

    Since I have multiple distros on my USB I want each to be located in their folder.

    But if I try:

    title Panda

    kernel /panda/live/vmlinuz1

    initrd /panda/live/initrd1.img boot=live union=aufs

    it fails.

  8. http://
    Aug 01, 2009 - 10:32 PM

    Full NTFS support or only reading (without disinfection)?

  9. ePCdoctor
    Aug 02, 2009 - 08:16 PM

    For those that do not have Panda installed, when trying to use the latest sig file with the Safe CD, would they be able to create a directory ( C:Program FilesPanda Security) and drop a new sig file into there by itself?

  10. Pedro Bustamante
    Aug 03, 2009 - 12:12 PM

    @loless0, yes it supports NTFS both for reading (scanning) and writing (disinfecting).

    @ePCdoctor, no it wouldn’t work with simply creating the directory and copying the pav.sig there. The SafeCD reads the Windows Registry to search for installed Panda apps and their installed directory, and then looks there for the updated signature.

  11. Pedro Bustamante
    Aug 03, 2009 - 04:05 PM

    @ePCdoctor, you need to have an actual Panda product installed as the SafeCD looks in the Windows Registry for the location of the Panda installation folder.

  12. http://
    Aug 06, 2009 - 02:26 AM

    I’ve download but says file is corrupt when unzip. Tried 2 times same error???

  13. http://
    Aug 06, 2009 - 07:47 PM

    I second the need for a live updater!

  14. http://
    Aug 07, 2009 - 04:59 PM

    Download worked here fine…perhaps you just had two bad downloads in a row…

  15. lucas triguis
    Aug 10, 2009 - 08:37 PM

    Dear Friends,

    has another link to download?

    best regards

    Lucas Schimit

  16. tashi
    Aug 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM

    Good product…I ‘ll review in my blog.Thanks Panda.

  17. http://
    Aug 14, 2009 - 07:51 AM

    Does this Work if you vaccinate the usb?

  18. http://
    Aug 14, 2009 - 07:55 AM

    how to update with the signature file?

  19. Pedro Bustamante
    Aug 14, 2009 - 01:29 PM

    @loless0, yes it supports both reading (scanning) and writing (disinfecting) NTFS drives.

    @ryandigweed, I have it running off of a vaccinated USB drive without any problems. Simply first vaccinate the drive and then follow the procedure to install the SafeCD into the USB drive using UNetbootin.

  20. http://
    Aug 14, 2009 - 05:20 PM

    how do i keep updating it?.. does it work with the vacined usb?.. planing on trying this.. this boots before windows starts?.. howcome there;s the xp bars?..

  21. http://
    Aug 19, 2009 - 12:33 PM

    I think Rescue CD with minimum sixe is beter than large size
    use English and use basic display settings to make it smaller

  22. http://
    Aug 19, 2009 - 08:24 PM

    We tried on different HP, Fujitsu laptops and desktops and on all tests fail after lang selection with no partitions detected. Only can work over IDE HD ?

    PBP at Andorra.

  23. http://
    Aug 19, 2009 - 08:58 PM

    Germanys most popular tech magazine “C’t” ( has something similar, just way much better.

    It’s called Knopicilin. Knopicilin comes with three different anti-virus engines, Kaspersky and two more (AVG and F-Secure iirc), and is able to download the latest signatures for all three scan engines from the internet.

    I’d like to see the Panda engine on the next Knopicilin release, what do you think Panda Labs ?

  24. http://
    Aug 21, 2009 - 10:01 AM

    i think safe cd should works like Cloud AV no, local signature every thing from cloud.

  25. http://
    Aug 22, 2009 - 01:20 PM

    About this rescue disk spport sata or sata II disk?

  26. Pedro Bustamante
    Aug 24, 2009 - 11:23 AM

    @OSJF & @buddee, yes the update from the Internet would be nice. We’ll take this as our main suggestion for next version.

    @Frank, yes it does support sata disk.

  27. http://
    Aug 31, 2009 - 12:04 PM

    So if I or some friend had the Panda installation removed by malware on the registry it will not update… nice.

  28. Genius
    Sep 02, 2009 - 10:42 PM

    hey, great , thanks panda guys, I’ve been always interested in your great tools.
    I must test it now. thanks.

  29. Pedro Bustamante
    Sep 03, 2009 - 08:45 AM

    @Ytee, @Rooster, @Maxim, & all, in order to use an updated sig simply visit, perform a quick scan (which will download the latest sigs to the machine) and then boot from the Panda SafeCD. The SafeCD will then use the latest sigs.

  30. Pedro Bustamante
    Sep 03, 2009 - 08:48 AM

    @OSJF, we’d be interested in adding it to the C’t Knopicilin live cd. Another interesting similar project which I found out is using the Panda SafeCD is:

  31. http://
    Sep 03, 2009 - 05:42 PM

    Hi,i haven´t found C’t Knopicilin live cd.Where can i download it?.Thanks.

  32. http://
    Sep 05, 2009 - 06:49 PM

    looking for to seeing an update feature!

    Knopicilin is here:

  33. http://
    Oct 01, 2009 - 02:25 PM

    Hi Pedro,

    Is this version of the safe CD going to be available for creating directly from 2010 products..?


  34. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 01, 2009 - 11:36 PM

    @Hansel, yes it will be included in the installation CD so you may create the SafeCD from there as well. This will happen later this month when we release the Windows 7 compatible versions of 2010.

  35. http://
    Oct 08, 2009 - 07:48 PM

    Hi Pedro,

    A customer was able to succesfully use de boot cd on one machine and it worked great (NTFS file system) Although, in another machine the harddrive wasn’t detected at all. The difference was that the first machine used a IDE drive, and the second one a SATA Disk. Any word about this..?

    Best Regards.

  36. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 09, 2009 - 02:03 PM

    @Hansel, the Panda SafeCD does support SATA drives. However we have a case in support where a certain type of configuration isn’t being recognized properly. It looks like you could have this same problem in this machine.

  37. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 11, 2009 - 11:58 PM

    I’m having the same problem, where it won’t recognize my hard drives. the only thing it’ll pick up at all is my USB flash drive if I have it plugged in. Any fix for this?

  38. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 20, 2009 - 10:55 AM

    hi ,
    i create the new bootable panda scanner with full ntfs support, very easy update, and useful tools for repair windows very very quickly.
    for scan with last update you must place the last pav.sig in c:.
    after full scan with bootable CD you can go to windows and execute the bat and reg file which are located in virus repair folder in CD for repair the windows.
    you can download the .iso file from this address:
    please contact me with this email address:
    Panda Support NO:UAE

  39. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 26, 2009 - 05:44 PM

    Hi Pedro,

    Is the bootcd pepare only for detecting retail products from Panda in order to use an updated pav.sig..? I have a customer that tried to use the tool in a machine with PMOP installed, but there’s no way the CD use the updated sig file from WAC folder.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards.

  40. Pedro Bustamante
    Oct 27, 2009 - 12:19 AM

    @Hansel, not only for retail products. If you use for example ActiveScan,it will pick up the latest update from your last ActiveScan run. I suggest you run an ActiveScan quick scan first and then boot with the SafeCD. That should give you the latest signature for offline scanning.

  41. Shade
    Dec 03, 2009 - 12:07 PM

    Is there a place where it is possible to download the SafeCD, where the dayly dat are included in the iso?

  42. Helmut
    Dec 09, 2009 - 07:36 PM

    I am working in tech store,
    there this computer that have boots virus,

    could I use panda safe cd to remove the virus, not matter, the computer do not have panda install on the computer.


  43. Brian Johnson
    Dec 14, 2009 - 02:08 AM

    I have a PC running XP with Panda IS installed which has aquired a nasty fake antivirus. The fake AV blocks the running of a downloaded virus scanner, has disabled Task Manager and also prevents starting in Safe Mode. “File Options” has vanished from Explorer Tools! It attempts to download a file through a site which was only registered on the 25th of November, so it is a very recent animal.
    Robust updating would seem to be essential with nasties like this around.
    I will try the latest Panda SafeCD and keep you posted.

  44. Brian Johnson
    Dec 22, 2009 - 12:27 PM

    Re. removal of my fake antivirus using Panda SafeCD. The Safe CD seemed to work, but the XP installation must have been damaged as the PC repeatedly crashed about 5 min after startup in XP. A reinstall of XP repeatedly hung. In the end, a clean reinstall of XP was performed and the machine restored with Ghost.
    One comment I will make is that to use the Panda SafeCD download the ISO has to be burnt to the CD and not just coppied. On most PCs this would involve the download of a burner such as IsoRecorder, because XP and commonly supplied optical drive software will not do it. There could be a note to this effect with the download or link.
    Also, with the fake antivirus I had, this would have to involve use another PC, as the infected PC would not run any .exe’s or zipped installs.
    The best defence against this particular fake AV is not to let it install in the first place. The source was a lesser known file share site.
    The fake AV was too new for Panda to catch. Be careful out there!… BJ


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