PowerISO

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 354 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    20,678,380
  • Date Added:
    July 02, 2014
  • File Size:
    2.41MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12,530
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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To create ISO files to burn in Windows, you need a third-party tool like PowerISO. PowerISO boasts single-click ISO extraction, Blu-ray compatibility, and the ability to edit ISO files directly. It also rips and burns audio CDs, compresses files, creates bootable USB drives, and more.

Pros

Windows integration: PowerISO's setup options include file associations, autostart on boot, shell menu integration, and the ability to create up to 23 virtual drives. Changes require a reboot.

No-nonsense layout: PowerISO's user interface isn't flashy, but it's efficient, well rendered, and perfectly suited for the job.

Virtual drive manager: Right-clicking the Virtual Drive Manager in the system tray let us quickly unpack and mount ZIP, RAR, 7Z, and ISO files; set the number of virtual drives; open PowerISO; view Help; and more.

Reliable: If you've ever turned blank discs into drink coasters with a bad ISO file or inadequate burning software, a premium tool like PowerISO can help earn its keep with fewer failures.

Cons

Costs money: PowerISO isn't expensive for premium software, but plenty of free tools do a perfectly good job, too.

Bottom Line

PowerISO is definitely a top choice for creating and burning ISO files in Windows. You get what you pay for in performance, reliability, and extras, but whether PowerISO is for you might depend on how often you create ISO files and burn discs. If you only burn a disc now and then, you might want to try a free tool first. For "frequent fryers," PowerISO might be a bargain.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of PowerISO 6.0. The trial version has limited functionality.

 
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  • 1 stars

    "MALWARE MALWARE MALWARE MALWARE"

    October 19, 2014   |   By PowerISO=Malware!!

    Version: PowerISO 6.0

    Pros

    Great if you like Malware
    Great if you like having your browser hijacked
    Great if you have endless hours to spend removing hard to find malware

    Cons

    Malware is automatically installed unbeknown to you. ANd after unistalling PowerIso it remains.. Its then very hard to track down all the malware and remove it.

    It changed my browser home to some rubbish search engine.

    Also, Unless you pay the hefty 29.99 (malware still comes with the payed version - great thinking PowerISO!!) you are limited to making images of upto 300mb. Well isn't that great!

    Summary

    Garbage. I cant believe its acceptable to install unwanted crap on my computer without giving me an option to either not install it or to uninstall it afterwards. What kind of a business are you guys running?? its a joke.

    I hope PowerISO goes bankrupt!

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't Trust"

    September 14, 2014   |   By doyling

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    Works with ISO

    Cons

    Tries to install 2 PUP that it prompts for. One of them is Mezaa. Then changes your home page and search engine without consent, and installs SearchProtect crapware.

    Summary

    Untrustworthy. When your business model is tricking people and shoving unwanted crap onto someone's system. You have a bad business model and not ethical. Run away from this program.

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  • 1 stars

    "Crashed, malware installed. CRAP"

    June 27, 2014   |   By DaveD77

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    You get your browser hijacked

    Cons

    Crashed when opening ISO

    Summary

    POOP

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  • 1 stars

    "If you like spending hours getting rid of crap,download"

    June 02, 2014   |   By TECHCRZY

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    None what so ever It's not cheap and even with paid version it installs all the junk that comes with an unusable 300mg file limit evaluation.

    Cons

    It installs Opencandy, conduit toolbar, some coupon crapola thingy and about three more nasty little programs.

    Summary

    Do yourself and others by not downloading this crap and protest on there website.

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  • 1 stars

    "filled with adware and malware"

    May 29, 2014   |   By isaythetruth

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    nothing, it didn't fulfill my needs

    Cons

    adware and malware

    Summary

    useless and full of adware and malware

    Updated on May 29, 2014

    uninstall a program called ( serch protect ) its one of the adwares , god knows what else have been added !!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware, do not use"

    May 29, 2014   |   By sprice86

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    None, too dangerous to be usable

    Cons

    Used to be good, but is now no more than a vehicle for infecting your system with some really nasty malware, and viruses.

    Summary

    Avoid like a plague (which is what it is)

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  • 1 stars

    "PowerISO ADMITS including Search Product From Conduit!"

    May 25, 2014   |   By NeilSalemMA

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    PowerISO claims that one can de-select Search Product From Conduit at the beginning of the installation of PowerISO ...but

    Cons

    Search Product From Conduit is pre-selected at the beginning of the installation. I'm not convinced that de-selecting it will prevent if from being installed. IF it is installed, it's not even close to being benign software. It deserves the most pejorative name: MALWARE!

    Summary

    I wrote to the support folks at poweriso.com and asked them to explain all of the reviews here that complain loudly about malware and spyware in this product. They replied:

    "Thank you for your message. PowerISO setup file contains Search Protect from Conduit. You can skip it during installation. You can also download PowerISO pure version from below links. The pure version doesn't contain any other offer."

    I am not supplying their links for the "pure" version since I cannot trust them.

    The Search Product From Conduit is a nasty bit of software that is nearly impossible to remove. You can't simply go to Add/Remove Programs! Read this LONG article from Lavasoft that describes a removal procedure:

    http colon slash slash www.lavasoft.com / mylavasoft / company / blog / how-to-remove-search-protect-by-conduit-ltd

    I cannot understand how or why CNET would allow such malicious software to be distributed here! ARE YOU READING THIS CNET?

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  • 1 stars

    "They are so stupid!! dont play smart Power ISO"

    May 24, 2014   |   By ticocanaco

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    long time on the market product

    Cons

    failed by adding stupid, useless, dangerous, unwanted software.

    Summary

    FEELING VERY DISAPPOINTED!

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  • 1 stars

    "MALWARE!!!!!"

    May 17, 2014   |   By vertical2010

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    None, due to installation of malware.

    Cons

    Got a while? Would give it zero stars if I could. As others have mentioned, PowerISO installed a browser hijacker (Conduit search) without my consent (I had deselected it). It reset browser settings, deleted history and saved tabs on Firefox. It also installed some sort of phone-home adware that I had to root out with Malwarebytes, which reported it ad "dangerous." I strongly recommend you not do business with a company that operates like this.

    Summary

    Look elsewhere.

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  • 1 stars

    "BEWARE OF EMBEDDED MALWARE"

    May 09, 2014   |   By cramdon96

    Version: PowerISO 5.9

    Pros

    Works fine as an ISO burner

    Cons

    I have a paid registered version of PowerISO. On the last update to 5.9 it installed Malware that hijacked my search engine and started displaying unwanted ads in my browser. I had to uninstall both Conduit and Pureleads programs requiring 2 reboots and then run Malwarebytes to completely remove all the crap.

    Summary

    Can't trust them anymore.

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    What's new in version 6.0
    Version 6.0: 1. Support BDXL burning. 2. Support pause and resume when writing or extracting image file. 3. Some minor bug fixes and enhancements.
    General
    Publisher PowerISO Computing
    Publisher web site http://www.poweriso.com
    Release Date July 02, 2014
    Date Added July 02, 2014
    Version 6.0
    Category
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory CD Burners
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.41MB
    File Name PowerISO6-cnet.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 20,678,380
    Downloads Last Week 12,530
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 300MB-ISO files trial
    Price $29.95

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