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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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  • 2.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

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

    September 1, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "I had good luck so far"

    June 5, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Complete rubbish"

    February 17, 2013  |   By baconandtwoeggs

    Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.4713

    Pros

    I don't think there are any.

    Cons

    Lots of spam; gives you a lot of rubbish that you don't need. Avoid this at all costs.

    Summary

    There are many better options if you need a virtual drive; go with daemon tools lite if you want something free and works; at least it doesn't spam you and gives you the option to not install rubbish on your computer.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not what it use to be"

    August 2, 2012  |   By Model40-770

    Version: Alcohol 52 FE 2.0.2.3931

    Pros

    Free, will do what it says BUT

    Cons

    SPAM, SPAM, SPAM lots of advertizing and it tries to install a lot of CRAP you don't need on your pc.

    Summary

    I have used this program before in the past and it was a good free alternative, now it's full of junk that can bog your pc down adding stuff you don't need or want.

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