Alcohol 52 FE

Alcohol 52 FE

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 51 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3.6951
  • Total Downloads:
    727,130
  • Date Added:
    October 27, 2014
  • File Size:
    735.26KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    659
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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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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5 stars

"Best Free Virtual Drive Mounter"

August 19, 2014  |  By fewilcox

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.5830

Pros

Effortlessly mounts disc images to virtual drives once you get it set up. I still play Age of Empires 2 frequently on my laptop, and mounting the image I made using Alcohol 52% is as simple as right-clicking the appropriate virtual drive and selecting it from the list. If you have a lot of those pesky games that require you to have the disc in the drive in order to play them, Alcohol 52% is exactly what you need. Making an image of your disc is as effortless as mounting it when you need it.

Cons

None. It does a great job, and the interface is so good that my mother could probably create and mount a disc image.

Summary

Over the years I have tried every free virtual disk manager I could find, and Alcohol 52% is by far the best. It does all that I need it to and more, and its UI is so good that it takes mere seconds to get it started on whatever task I need at that moment.

Also, as is usually the case on here, please ignore the complaints about malware - that is part of download.com's installer, NOT Alcohol 52% itself. I have been using Alcohol 52% for a decade, and it has never given me even one byte of malware.

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1 stars

"I Ended Up Deleting It."

June 23, 2014  |  By Basuto9

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.5830

Pros

None, as I never got the chance to use it.

Cons

No way to decline an unwanted add-on program.

Summary

I agree completely with the other reviewers. I ended up deleting the "free" Alcohol 52 program, not wishing to have an unwanted program, such as SFA, forced on me.

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1 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 stars

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

February 03, 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 stars

"Alcohol free edition is now bundled with spyware."

February 03, 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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2 stars

"Windows 8.1 b3ware"

January 12, 2014  |  By jlcro

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.4713

Pros

Good software I have used it in the past.

Cons

I do not believe it has current support(as of version 2.0.2.4713)for windows 8.1 MCE 64-bit

Summary

For all of those people that are having issues with all the "bloat ware" this is the CNet installer, take your time and read through the installer and you CAN decline the added software titles if you wish. I hate the new installer but I believe it is to help with the costs of running the site.

Updated on Jan 12, 2014

Here are two titles that will work with this version of windows.

DAEMON Tools Lite(Version:4.48.1)

http://download.cnet.com/DAEMON-Tools-Lite/3000-2094_4-10778842.html?tag=mncol;3


PowerISO (v5.8 (64-bit) Free to try, $30 if you want to remove the 300mb limit when writing an image)

http://www.poweriso.com/download.htm

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4 stars

"Alcohol-52-FE 2013 - packed with ad-ware"

September 01, 2013  |  By alcohol-52-FE

 |  Version: Alcohol 52% FE 2.0.1.2033

Pros

good drive functions on old versions

Cons

packed with ad-ware,
windows defender / security essentials says Alcohol-52-FE September 2013 version installs bad ad-ware after declining installation offers.
windows 8, installation stops at 90%

Summary

Use magicISO or an old version of this program

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2 stars

"Works but with a price."

August 15, 2013  |  By Xallarap29

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.4713

Pros

This product does everything it says it will. With the main use for me was being able to make a iso image.

Cons

This program will try and most of the time WILL install adware onto your computer. The install a laced with options to install such things. Now every time i go online i get a bunch of ads telling me to install this and that.

Summary

This program works and it is useful to someone who needs to use it. But, for someone who does not want any sort of adware or fishy programs working behind the scenes i suggest looking for a different option. For me I have already uninstalled and right now trying to get the adware out of my computer, what is not fun.

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4 stars

"I had good luck so far"

June 05, 2013  |  By Carol Potter

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.4713

Pros

I like this program, but haven't given it a real big test yet. I have used it once so far and it worked fine. I don't know about copy write dvd's or if they can be copied. I haven't purchased it yet, so it is early for me to give a review on all of it. I had it before years ago, and liked it.

Cons

So far I have no cons to report.

Summary

I am thinking about purchasing this program. So far it is the best I have found.

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2 stars

"Did not install"

May 14, 2013  |  By raylopez99

 |  Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.4713

Pros

Might work with some users

Cons

Did not install correctly for me: BSOD

Summary

I got the Blue Screen of Death when installing--I had Daemon Lite installed and Avast anti-virus and apparently this program tries to do something that triggers a crash due to possibly one or both of these programs. I did not check for the extra freeware programs to be installed, so that cannot be the reason. Windows 7 was the OS. Good luck, perhaps the program will run for you. I would recommend however you install it on an emulator as I did, so you can recover your original OS config quickly, or at least backup your system before installing.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3.6951
  • UACHelper updated for more advanced feature.
  • iSCSI management improved, sometimes it would show duplicated drives, now it won't.
General
Publisher Alcohol Soft
Publisher web site http://www.alcohol-soft.com/
Release Date October 24, 2014
Date Added October 27, 2014
Version 2.0.3.6951
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 735.26KB
File Name downloader_for_Alcohol52_FE_2.0.3.6951.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 727,130
Downloads Last Week 659
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License Model Free
Limitations 15-day trial
Price Free

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