WARNING: JUNK AHEAD
Junk offender: Poweriso O
CD drives have become fairly unfashionable. If you want to burn or create an image file you might have to go searching for suitable software. One well-known option is Poweriso ( www.poweriso.com), which has been around since 2004.
Alas, these days it comes with some unwanted extras. Click the download link and you’re invited to try a Chrome extension called Search Manager that promises “a custom search experience”. That might not sound like a very dangerous idea, but once you agree to a trial Chrome warns you that the extension can “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”, as well as modify your other extensions and bookmarks (see screenshot).
Some reassurance can perhaps be found in the extension’s user ratings on the Chrome Web Store (an excellent 4½ stars out of five). Click through to the actual reviews though and you’ll find pages and pages of five-star ratings consisting of just one word, usually “great” or “helpful”. Fake reviews? Wouldn’t surprise us.
My personal rating for the Search Manager? A big fat zero. The best thing about it is the ‘new tab’ page, which has some pretty photography, alongside trending news stories and local weather reports. What it doesn’t reveal is who your personal information is being shared with.
Moreover, the extension only works with Yahoo and Bing. Google isn’t supported at all, which means this ‘custom’ search experience is less flexible than simply using Chrome. It’s stupid, really: if they’d let me use my preferred search engine, I might have considered giving Search Manager a chance.
The final straw is that you’re not even supporting free software: Poweriso comes with a 300MB image-size limitation, which costs $30 to remove. My advice is to skip the whole thing and use Imgburn ( www.imgburn.com) instead. It’s a genuinely free disc-burning and imaging tool without any those unwanted extras.
Poweriso invites you to use an extension that radically changes your Chrome browser