Alcohol 52% FE

Alcohol 52% FE

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.1.2033
  • Total Downloads:
    722,936
  • Date Added:
    September 17, 2010
  • File Size:
    735.26KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    663
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.1.2033
Version 2.0.1.2033 fixes Xtra Wizard Window Opening Problem and download again if you have Russian Language missing.
General
Publisher Alcohol Soft
Publisher web site http://www.alcohol-soft.com/
Release Date September 17, 2010
Date Added September 17, 2010
Version 2.0.1.2033
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 735.26KB
File Name downloader_for_Alcohol52_FE_2.0.3.6890.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 722,936
Downloads Last Week 663
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $27

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