Today I write a little review about VT Hash Check which I think can be a useful little utility for Windows users, it’s always good to get a second opinion, especially in the www and with more and more upcoming malware these days. I think it can be useful if you often work with unknown files from ‘underground’ places or simply if you want to check and veryify the file you just downloaded.
About the VT Hash Check
VT Hash Check is coded by Boredom Software, the program is open source and not even 2 MB big which means it doesn’t waste much HDD/SSD space and of courdse it doesn’t waste background processing power because the program runs only if you really need it – during the scan and to show the options/results. The developer is very communicative and he created an open bugtracker, there you can report any wishes and bugs and hetries to fix it as soon as possible.
Installation and Setup
The installation is very easy, download the program and install it, done. The only thing you need to insert is your VirusTotal API key, which you can get for free on VirusTotal, it requires that you register an free account.
You can add your own comments which are published online to the files to help others to identify the program/exe/file.
Command line parameters
VT Hash Check allows you to work with the command line, which means you can automate the scanning process if you want, the following options are avaible:
- –prefs Opens the settings window instead of checking a file
- –trid Runs a TrID analysis of the input file(s) instead of a hash check
- –debug Writes debugging info to the system log. Use a tool like DbgView to view the debug messages.
- –insecure Disables SSL certificate validation without disabling SSL/TLS (not recommended)
- –update Shows the updater window instead of checking a file
- –about Shows the about window instead of checking a file
The little hash symbol on the right side opens a dialog which starts to calculate the checksums, a right-click on it allows you to copy the hash into your clipboard or to compare the hash against the one which is already stored in your clipboard.
Clicking on the C:\Program Files (x86)\Boredom Software\VT Hash Check\VTHash.exe brings the options dialog into the front, which allows you to input your VirusTotal API key, configure a proxy connection and more.
The program is very well documented and you even can setup a custom search parameters to search for the file e.g. on Google or DuckDuckGo.
The program is a fantastic little program to quickly checking unknwon files and it does exactly what it promises, it’s free and it bloody works like I would expect it from such a tool. It doesn’t contain any spyware or ads and the best thing it’s fast, the scanning process is really really fast even on bigger files like my tested IObit Installer. Please keep in mind that VirusTotal has a file size limit and that the scanning results are depending on how many people submitting samples to the same time.
I totally recommed the program, go check it out and report back how you liked it.