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Sometimes downloaded files come with a md5 hash. Md5 is an algorithm which translates any string or any file into a 128 bit value. This value then can be used to verify the integrity of the downloaded file : just re-generate the md5 hashvalue with a proper utility and compare the generated and the published value.

Apparently md5 is not that good, but that's beside the point. It is widely used.

There are quite a few md5 checksum utilities available, but the other day I found out that this is baked into win10 as well. No need to download and install a separate utility for this purpose.

https://onthefencedevelopment.com/2017/08/15/windows-10-builtin-md5-checksum-calculator/

 

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