I need a CD burner that is free and doesn't contain malware.

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You can try InfraRecorder:

  • Full-featured CD/DVD burning tools
  • Free and open source
  • Does not contain viruses or bundled adware (Scan report)

To be even safer, you can get the portable zip version from their download page which runs without an installer


You can use Free ISO Burner:

  • Free
  • Portable
  • Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • No crapware
  • Can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW,HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, no need mount any "virtual drives" which emulate physical CDs or DVDs, it write any data directly.
  • Straightforward to use:

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  • Free
  • Create data, video or audio discs
  • Save data compilations to a file, so you can later burn the same files to another CD/DVD
  • Burn ISO files
  • Verify burned data
  • Copy CDs/DVDs to another CD/DVD or to your hard drive as a ISO file
  • Delete a CD-/DVD-RW


  • WARNING: The default installer contains OpenCandy adware! Be sure to click on More download options on the download page and select the OpenCandy-free version.
  • No OpenCandy-free version as for today. Commented Aug 1, 2016 at 23:03
  • I have downloaded the portable version. It seems to be working OK. I don't know if it installed OpenCandy-free. Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 3:03

ImgBurn is your 'suit all' solution.

  • CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray

  • Read/write disk images, folders, files

  • Write audio CDs as well

  • Free

  • Crapware can be opted-out during install

  • FAQ, support forum

Not very actively maintained (last version is July 2013), but there doesn't seem to be much to maintain any more.

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    ImgBurn includes OpenCandy adware as part of the installer.
    – vclaw
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 16:35
  • ImgBurn only makes data discs. I tested it with both a mp4 and mp3 and created two images to burn later, and it literally just copied the file into an ISO image, without converting it to a playable format for CD players or DVD players.
    – Chloe
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 1:00
  • @Chloe 1) The OP did not request that and 2) You can burn audio CD files with ImgBurn
    – user416
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 10:16

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