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Alcohol 52 FE

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Even in this day of downloadable software, some programs still require a CD or DVD to stay in the disk drive whenever they're being used. Alcohol 52%, like other disc-emulation utilities, helps create or "mount" a virtual disc drive, allowing the software to be run from the hard drive instead.

This helps speed up the process of reading the data on the CD, and allows a computer user to run several--in Alcohol's case, up to 31--of this type of disc-based application at the same time. In our tests, the program loaded the CD onto the hard drive quickly, and offered important features for older discs, such as rereading and the ability to skip bad sectors. The software supports most disc-image formats, including ISO, Nero, and CloneCD.

However, it is set apart by its ability to emulate copy-protection methods such as StarForce, SecuROM, and LaserLock, saving copy settings for audio, game, data, and other types of discs. That makes it possible to create virtual versions of copy-protected discs, which can otherwise be difficult to use in this way. Powerful and straightforward, Alcohol 52% is an excellent choice for computer users seeking emulation software.

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  • All versions:

    2.6 stars

    out of 49 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 23
  • Current version:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "VIRUS! VIRUS! VIRUS! VIRUS! VIRUS!"

    March 12, 2014  |   By tangotonyb

    Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.5830

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    1) Secretly installs a virus (Smart File Adviser)
    2) Cannot be uninstalled

    I had to use System Restore to wipe it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What program??? Nothing but spyware and viruses here!"

    February 3, 2014  |   By beckster76

    Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.5830

    Pros

    there are none

    Cons

    Spyware and virus

    Summary

    I downloaded this and just as installation finished my AVG picked up and blocked a virus. Then three links to various other programs I never approved to be downloaded and they appear to be spyware. This is the only thing I have downloaded and installed today. I attempted to uninstall it but the program does not even seem to be on my computer. When sorting my apps by date install date the only thing installed today is "mypcbackup" the spyware....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Alcohol free edition is now bundled with spyware."

    February 3, 2014  |   By star2doc

    Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.5830

    Pros

    Works well enough, and is stable. Reads most CD/DVD formats.

    Cons

    You should know the following. Even when using advanced setup and pressing 'decline' for a couple of times it installs Smart File Adviser. This can not be removed from add/remove programs without removing Alcohol as well. In addition to installing "Smart File Adviser" the free edition modifies these registry keys...
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Associations
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Associations
    It changes the file association for application downloads to all go through a php page on a remote web site. It would theoretically then be possible for this web site to:
    Redirect your download to another file.
    Modify your download, and insert a virus or trojan, etc.
    Insert code to scan your PC for back account and credit card numbers.
    Send you a file that re-formats your C: drive.
    Use your imagination for more possibility.

    Summary

    I do not know that it does any of these things, but it easily could, and it could start doing it when it chose to without installing additional software on your PC. It is also possible someone could hack the web site this points to and exploit it.

    I recommend finding an alternative to this software, unless the author relents and removes Smart File Advisor.

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