ImgBurn


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 290 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.5.8
File Size:
3.31MB
Date Added:
June 17, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,976,586
Downloads Last Week:
6,557
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Additional Requirements:
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Editors' review

If your PC has an optical disc burner like a DVD or Blu-Ray burner, you can create DVDs that you can play in your home entertainment system, boot discs that can help you start your PC when something goes wrong, and data discs that can safely store backups, archives, disk images and copies, and other data. However, to make all that easy, you need help in the form of a good disc-burning utility. ImgBurn from Lightning UK fits the bill. This lightweight freeware burns CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, depending of course on your system's capabilities: You'll need a Blu-Ray burner to burn Blu-Ray discs with ImgBurn, for example, just like with every other disc-burning tool. What ImgBurn does is simplify what can be a complicated, error-prone process.

ImgBurn's two-part interface displays controls and the program's log file in separate windows. The Log window is designed to stay open all the time when the program is working, and it displays important information about your tasks. Separating it from the main window makes it easier to place on the desktop. The main window hints at how easy ImgBurn is to use by listing its features with descriptive icons: Write image file to disc; Write files/folders to disc; Create image file from disc; Create image file from files/folders; Verify disc; and Discovery, which requires additional software and can verify the quality of your discs as you burn them. Since we had a DVD disc image left over from a holiday project, we started with that. Each feature opens a businesslike settings dialog. We inserted a blank DVD-R, and the program verified its size, capacity, and other parameters. ImgBurn offers Test Mode and Verify options as well as settings for Write Speed (including an automatic option) and number of copies. Advanced options include drive-specific settings with the ability to select your drive's OEM options. ImgBurn also offers an erase tool, drive controls, and tools for creating CUE, DVD, and MDS files.

Many other disc burners have left us cold, but ImgBurn lived up to its promise of easy burning without sacrificing flexibility.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 290 votes

    • 5 star: 131
    • 4 star: 77
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 49
  • Current Version:

    2.2

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 28
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  • 1 stars

    "AntiVirus popped right up when I tried to install"

    August 29, 2014   |   By cautionflag1956

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    none- Antivirus came on so I stopped the process

    Cons

    Must be something in there to trip my Antivirus. More chance than I want to take. I am disappointed CNET would not recheck the programs every now and then to see what is with them

    Summary

    I didn't want to risk it. My antivirus doesn't trigger very often but this did it. I'm not sure how the program works but trying to download it is a good way to check your antivirus

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  • 1 stars

    "couldn't install - INSTALL FILE INFECTED"

    August 19, 2014   |   By i_hate_slackers

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    couldn't install, file was infected

    Cons

    the download install file was loaded with OPENCANDY and was detected and stopped by AVG Anti-Virus

    Summary

    I think this is a time for me to stop using download.cnet.com entirely

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great!"

    June 08, 2014   |   By ITpsycho

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Everything really, this program just works and is super easy to use, no cons whatsoever.

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    Works great! Does all it should with no problems

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  • 3 stars

    "Works well, beware the craplets and pusware"

    May 16, 2014   |   By shadybuffalo

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Does the job well

    Cons

    Infested with craplets and pusware (potentially unwanted software) After upgrading to latest version it took me over a week to find and remove all the browser hijackers and other junk that came with it.

    Summary

    I used to like this package, but after the latest version update with all the crap it comes with, I have removed it and paid for a professional package

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  • 5 stars

    "Hands down the best CD/DVD burning software for Windows"

    April 30, 2014   |   By ALittleTechSavvy

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Again,hands down the best CD/DVD burning software for Windows.

    Several reviewers have complained about the extra crap that can be installed if you're not careful. TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO READ WHAT YOU ARE AGREEING TO. OMG people, use your brain.

    This is excellent software and you just need to be smarter than the ones and zeros...

    If you're not able to read what you are agreeing to would you kindly keep your bogus reviews to yourself?

    I was surprised to see the excellent software I have been using for years was installing malware, that is until I ran the installer and realized how easy it was to click a few things and uncheck a few boxes. I was even prepared to run a virus scan after I installed it because it's such a good program.

    I rely on Cnet for reviews and a safe place to download all my software, please, please, please use your brain and don't give bogus reviews just because you have the mental computational power of a gnat.

    Cons

    You have to be smart enough to select custom install a couple times and make sure you don't agree to something you don't want. TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO READ WHAT YOU ARE AGREEING TO. SMH.

    The only real con to this program is that it has a spartan GUI that the average person might be intimidated by. But it's pretty simple actually, if you want to burn an .img you click the button that says "Write image file to disk" with the little icon for the .img file with an arrow pointing to the little CD/DVD icon, and so forth. Sigh.

    Summary

    I really hope this review will squash all the bogus bad reviews. I can't stress enough that you need to read what you are agreeing to and have an IQ larger than your shoe size, otherwise, keep it to yourself.

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  • 1 stars

    "this app loaded malware on my system"

    April 29, 2014   |   By ReignMack

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    No Pros AVOID AT ALL COSTS

    Cons

    loaded some pretty nasty malware on my system as well as trying to get me to install some other software I didnt want

    Summary

    Loaded some realy nasty malware on my system CPU resources started running at 100% did some some tests and found that a load of malware had been installed along with imbBurn

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  • 1 stars

    "Loaded with Malware!!!"

    April 23, 2014   |   By Scotsman418

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    None now None now None now None now None now

    Cons

    Load with Malware, changes your homepage to Yahoo!, Changes you IE icon to something resembles a Spy Glass and redirects you to another homepage on starting IE Explorer!

    I WILL NEVER DOWNLOA THIS CRAP EVER AGAIN, and I've used this happily for years but NEVER again!

    Summary

    Totally Crap Program

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  • 1 stars

    "Be Aware, it will install BING. DO NOT INSTALL !!!"

    April 19, 2014   |   By maxfieldo

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    NONE......

    Cons

    It automatically installed BING and did not give me a choice!

    Summary

    Malware as far as I'm concerned !

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  • 1 stars

    "Once Great Software Fallen to Malware"

    April 08, 2014   |   By i_jii_j

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    Once upon a time worked magically and was really easy to use.

    Cons

    Don't get anywhere near this beast. Avoid at all costs. Installs unremovable Malware called Conduit. There is supposedly an option to disable the malware during installation. Do not attempt. It is not worth the risk.

    Summary

    Used it several years ago. It worked amazingly well.

    Reinstalled it on a computer with a fresh Windows installation. Ended up getting infected with terrible malware. I know computers, but nothing I did could get rid of IMGBurn's hostile payload. Ended up having to waste time to do another fresh install.

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  • 1 stars

    "Installer loaded with malware! Be Careful!"

    March 24, 2014   |   By Calvin1716

    Version: ImgBurn 2.5.8

    Pros

    The actual ImgBurn seems to work well.

    Cons

    The installer is sneaky - avoid the 'EXPRESS' install! It will install malware taking over various aspects of your web browser. You have to go through many option pages, tempting you to quickly click "Continue", but be careful!

    Summary

    Too bad they turned a great little app into a horrible experience. I understand the developers need to make money, but there are more honest ways to do it. Shame on them.

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