The ever-increasing number of viruses and similar malware threats can be countered only by adopting as many security measures as time and resources allow. Beside an antivirus, a firewall and other similar solutions combined or used individually, it doesn't hurt to investigate at a deeper level some potentially hazardous files we download or receive attached to e-mails.
For example, in order to authenticate an application installer we get from a source other than an official one, it is recommended to verify the authenticity and data integrity prior to running or installing the software.
Performing such an assessment requires a specialized utility that is created for this particular purpose. is one of the available alternatives at your disposal you you need to take a close look at any file's checksum.
As its name suggests, the program supports MD5 hashes and is able to calculate them on the spot for every file you load. The operation is very easy to carry out. All you have to do is choose the file and then press the 'Calculate MD5 Checksum' button.
With MD5 Check you can compare the hash values and this is the most convenient way of verifying if you got the correct file, provided that on the developer's website the author posts the original checksums for the packages available for download.
Even if this application and the purpose it serves will not keep viruses away, it is, nonetheless, a great means of getting rid of doubts regarding the origin of some files available online. Thus, you should note that the method of analyzing hashes does not substitute the real time protection offered by a fully fledged security software.
To sum things up, it's safe to say that MD5 Check does exactly what it's supposed to and it gets the job done in an instant. Very easy to use, with no complex configurations and an uncomplicated interface, this utility is well suited for less experienced users because everything is pretty much a single click away.