MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    203,450
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 18, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    81.5KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,904
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Cryptographic hash functions are commonly used to guard against malicious changes to protected data in a wide variety of software, Internet, and security applications, including digital signatures and other forms of authentication. Two of the most common cryptographic hash functions are the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) and Message Digest Algorithm-5 (MD5). Checksum utilities are used to verify the integrity of generated hashes. There are two basic types, those that calculate checksum values and those that also validate them by checking them against a list of values for the protected data, which is the only way it can be done. Raymond Lin's MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is a standalone freeware tool that generates and verifies cryptographic hashes in MD5 and SHA-1.

The program has a basic, utterly functional interface that should pose no trouble for anyone with the knowledge and skill to actually need it. To generate or verify a hash, you simply browse to the file of choice, select either MD5 or SHA-1, and click either Copy to generate the hash or Verify to check its integrity. A Paste function automatically enters the generated hash for verification at the click of a button.

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is free to download and use, though Ray accepts donations from satisfied users. At a mere 57k, his checksum tool is about as small as a useful, functioning utility can be in this age of bloatware, and even more so considering that it's certified to work in Windows Vista and 7.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"A better program."

October 13, 2012  |  By WilliamLeng

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

It works perfect as designed.

Cons

It lacks some features such as: 1) processing a folder recursively. 2) dependency on platform. 3) cancel a long lasting job.

Summary

I found HashCopy can do the same thing as this tool and much more. It is platform independent and can process a folder that contains hundreds of thousands files with the total size over one terabytes.

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5 stars

"Works Great"

May 30, 2012  |  By DiddlerDave

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

Free, and works. Easy to understand interface.

Cons

Shows how slow my computer is....

Summary

I wonder if it would run faster if you could turn off whichever checksum you don't need.

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5 stars

"Excellent free software"

March 29, 2012  |  By Daesh

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

nothing so far, plus it's free

Cons

lack of a good and clear manual or help file is annoying

Summary

I beg for a manual to explain and show the functions and buttons, PLEASE. Thank you

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4 stars

"Simple to use, but could use a start button"

February 07, 2012  |  By ChiefEngr781

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

It's small, it's self contained, it's pretty much fool proof. Doesn't require installation -- just run it.

Cons

Seems a little sluggish, maybe because it does both MD5 and SHA-1 at the same time. Starts calculating as soon as you pick a file, even before it redraws its window.

Summary

It does what is says it does, so I can't fault it there. It seems slow but it could be because it is doing both MD5 and SHA-1 at the same time. There is no control to choose which hash(es) you want generated. You browse for the file to convert and click 'open" and before the program can even repaint its window, the calculation starts so the window ends up in this quasi-drawn state which looks like the program has crashed. It was only the steady HDD light that suggested that the thing was chewing away at my 1GB .iso image file.

Along with my kudos for an almost foolproof program, I might suggest the following to the developer:
1) the ability to turn on/off the computation of each hash. Maybe a check box for each one to enable/disable it.
2) when you come out of the Browse for file, paint the window before starting the computation. A little status indicator (% done or something) to let us know that the thing is working would go a long way too.
3) Maybe a start button so you can control the hash generation
4) Maybe a way to select multiple files so you can batch up an entire folder's worth of .isos for hashing.

thanks!

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5 stars

"Excellent tool"

August 26, 2011  |  By browndavidc

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

Fast and easy to use

Cons

No cons to mention

Summary

Easy to use, performs checksums and compares easily. Great tool. Thanks

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5 stars

"Small, Free and Does the Job!"

April 08, 2011  |  By DavidTroidl

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

This is all I could ask for in a checksum utility.

Cons

None at all.

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5 stars

"Good utility to check both MD5 and SHA-1 checksums"

February 07, 2011  |  By ua63t

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

Does what is advertised; checks and generates checksums in formats MD5 and SHA-1.

Cons

No obvious cons.

Summary

Great tool to add to your utility suite.

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5 stars

"Great free utility"

February 02, 2011  |  By Jbone1337

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

Easy to use and fast
free
supports 64bit and windows7
no install

Cons

none that i can think of atm

Summary

Great for insuring download integrity (especially with .iso's)

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3 stars

"Basic Workhorse with 64 Bit Support"

January 24, 2011  |  By supercourier

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

--64-bit Windows 7 support
--Does the job, albeit with many steps
--No need to install
--Free

Cons

--No shell extension or context menu support
--Multi-step, P.I.T.A. usage. Drag and drop file, click hash type, click paste button, drag and drop second file, click verify.
--Only 2 hash types supported.

Summary

Seen others that do comparisons automatically for you, but no 64 bit versions yet.

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5 stars

"Its a great product.. its FREE too!"

December 28, 2010  |  By spelingchampeon

 |  Version: MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility 1.1

Pros

I download a lot of Linux OS's just to piddle with, and this has always done right by me. I highly recommend it to anyone unsure of their downloads.

Cons

none that comes to mind

Summary

easy to use, quick and professional !

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1
Version 1.1 includes a new and simple interface, support drag and drop of file, and shares hashes easily via Copy All button.
General
Publisher Raymond's Personal Software
Publisher web site http://raylin.wordpress.com
Release Date March 16, 2010
Date Added March 18, 2010
Version 1.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 81.5KB
File Name MD5_and_SHA_Checksum_Utility.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 203,450
Downloads Last Week 1,904
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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