Alcohol 120

Alcohol 120


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 380 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.3.6839
File Size:
735.26KB
Date Added:
September 12, 2014
Price:
Free to try (15-day trial); €39.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
11,760,322
Downloads Last Week:
1,528
Product ranking:
#12 in CD Burners
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Alcohol 120% rips and burns backup copies of your valuable discs and also creates and plays 31 different virtual discs: everything from Audio CDs to DVDs, with blazing access speeds. It records audio and converts data, too. Alcohol 120% is free to try for 15 days, though the trial version is limited to six virtual drives instead of 31, and to burning with only two drives, simultaneously. Alcohol 120% is compatible with Windows XP to 7, with a separate download for Windows 98/Me. You'll need an optical disc drive to use Alcohol 120%, too, though you'll only need a disc burner if you plan to burn discs.

We chose the Advanced option instead of the "recommended" Standard installation when installing Alcohol 120% and were glad we did since the installation wizard tries to install some "extra" programs. Freeware often comes with optional downloads (someone has to pay the bill!) but Alcohol 120% isn't freeware, nor is it particularly cheap, even for a good disc burner, so we were a bit dismayed not only to see extra toolbars and coupon apps but what would have been a rather large number of them even in freeware. But Alcohol 120% also offers a good amount of support, including a manual. Its user interface is easy to understand, with a spare but familiar look. The program started by asking permission to scan our system to obtain information about our DVD burner and any virtual discs we had. While its speed will depend on your system's resources, Alcohol 120% certainly worked quickly.

A good disc burning utility isn't hard to come by, and we'd probably have a hard time justifying Alcohol 120%'s cost if that were its only trick. But combine it with a terabyte drive, and you've got a powerful disc archiving tool that lets you play your CDs, DVDs, and games over and over without scratching them on the tray.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Alcohol 120% 2.0.2.4713.

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  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 380 votes

    • 5 star: 160
    • 4 star: 59
    • 3 star: 33
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 117
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  • 5 stars

    "Great imagining softwre"

    April 09, 2014   |   By mschoen92

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.5830

    Pros

    easy to use works well even if there are errors on a homemade cd or dvd I have used the older versions and now the new one and it worked well with a DVD that had some error on it that another program would allow me to copy it so an excellent program

    Cons

    have not found any so far

    Summary

    download the trial and them purchase this program you will not be sorry

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  • 1 stars

    "F*KING SPYWARE"

    November 12, 2013   |   By kcomst

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    USED to be good.

    Cons

    Need I say more? This used to be a good program, now it's worse than worthless!!!!!

    Summary

    F*KING SPYWARE. Screw you A120

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  • 3 stars

    "Excellent functionality spoilt by nasty copy protection"

    September 19, 2013   |   By redfava

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    I've found it very useful for having various CDs and DVDs mounted on my PC without actually having the disks inserted, saving the hassle of continually swapping CDs/DVDs and reducing damage risk to the physical disks.

    Cons

    The copy protection is vicious, making it difficult for a legal licence holder to actually use he damned thing. Too often the licence info is mysteriously lost and you're accused of using a pirated copy. I know copy protection is needed but this is the most nasty one I've come across.

    Summary

    A great product spoilt by nasty copy protection, making life unneccessarily hard to use for legal users who've bought a licence.

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  • 5 stars

    "ALL CNET DOWNLOADS ARE GREAT!!! NO MALWARE OR VIRUSES!"

    August 30, 2013   |   By minus82

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    These products I download have more than surpassed what I expect of them.

    TO YOU OTHER *******'S THAT SAY THEY HAVE MALWARE.... ETC. YOU ARE THE SAME IDIOTS THAT GO TO RANDOM PORN SITES AND CLICK ON EVERY LITTLE THING THAT LOOKS GOOD. THIS IS HOW YOU GET VIRUSES ON YOUR COMPUTERS AND COMPLAIN ABOUT IT AND WANT TO BLAME CNET.

    YOU STUPID F**KS THAT CANT OR DONT READ BEFORE CLICKING ON YOUR DOWNLOADS ARE RESPONSIBLE. DONT BLAME OTHERS OR CNET FOR YOUR OWN IMPATIENCE AND LACK OF READING SKILLS

    Cons

    MY ONLY CON IS THE STUPID IDIOTS THAT DONT KNOW HOW TO READ AND WANT TO OPEN THEIR MOUTHS WHEN THEY CANT POSSIBLE BE THE ONES AT FAULT FOR THEIR OWN *******'ERY

    Summary

    GOOD JOB CNET. LOVE WHAT YOUR DOING GLAD TO BE A LONG, AND LOYAL, CITIZEN OF YOUR SITE. I WILL CONTINUE TO USE YOUR SITE AS WELL AS CONTINUE TO REFER YOU TO OTHERS AS WELL. I WILL EVEN BE SURE TO TELL THEM TO READ BEFORE CLICKING EVERY LINK POSSIBLE. EVEN THOUGH THE PEOPLE I DEAL WITH ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS I WOULD LIKE TO VOUCH FOR AND SAY THEY ARE NOT THE ONES WRITING THE NASTY THINGS UP UPON YOUR SITE. THANKS AGAIN. A LOYAL USER, BRIAN

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  • 1 stars

    "Stay Away! Installs AVG, Maleware, etc."

    June 29, 2013   |   By 1webdude

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    No pros to say for this program. It will cause you numerous problems.

    Cons

    The cons are you will spend a whole lot of time getting rid of the problems associated with this program. You will get AVG & more even if you opt out of it. Norton Internet Security wont stop it!!!

    Summary

    Terrible!!!

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  • 4 stars

    "dont listen to these people giving it nothing"

    April 15, 2013   |   By sprixspam

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    1. Burns ISO's
    2. Burns CDi's
    3. Burns CUE's
    4. Burns NRG's
    5. Burns CloneCD Images
    6. Makes Images to your liking

    Cons

    The only thing that this does wrong is it puts a 2 second gap before audio tracks

    Summary

    this is a highly usable program that download.com.com should keep on here as long as possible

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  • 1 stars

    "Total BS not Alcohol 120, it is som malware"

    March 20, 2013   |   By cvillesm

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    nothing is good, its a lie

    Cons

    All bad not the product at all

    Summary

    this isnt alcohol don't download it

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  • 1 stars

    "Installs crapware"

    February 20, 2013   |   By drabek

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    Absolutely none that I could find.

    Cons

    The trial version is so bad, it doesn't make you want to buy the full version. To uninstall you won't find it listed in the Programs and Features section of the control panel; you have find the uninstaller as a program in the start menu.

    Summary

    Stay away and find something better. I can't believe CNET allows this here.

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  • 1 stars

    "Secretly hijacks browsers! DO NOT DOWNLOAD!"

    October 22, 2012   |   By gunmetalred

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.3931

    Pros

    Fully functioning program, easy to use.

    Cons

    Packed full of CRAP. Browser add-ons, changed home page, etc! There was NO prompt to opt in or out of these add-ons! What crap!!

    Summary

    Packed full of untrustworthy crap, steer clear.

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  • 1 stars

    "STAY AWAY!!! HIJACKS ALL YOUR BROWSERS!!!"

    July 10, 2012   |   By anon_txatyahoo.com

    Version: Alcohol 120 2.0.2.3931

    Pros

    This product had a good name with me (UNTIL NOW). Have used earlier versions and enjoyed them.

    Cons

    During install, I had no browsers open. But Opera notified me something was modifying it but said it blocked it. Firefox also complained but let the mod go through. Micro$loth Explorer of course said nothing and silently rolled over. I have not yet checked my installations of Chrome or Safari because I seldom use them. IT NEVER NOTIFIED OR ASKED ME BEFORE DOING THIS. Let me repeat this for the person who claims it does not do it: IT NEVER NOTIFIED OR ASKED ME BEFORE HOSING MY BROWSERS. I even reinstalled it to be sure I had not missed a prompt or question. STAY AWAY from this garbage.

    As far as earlier versions are concerned, I did not like the fact it has it's own proprietary disk image format - What is wrong with just strictly using ISO??? I have not yet used the product and probably won't given the stunt it pulled during install.

    Summary

    This part is easy: STAY AWAY FROM THIS GARBAGE!!! I hope CNET pulls them down and bans them.

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