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PS Hash is a freeware and portable hashing tool for Windows

PS Hash is a new file hashing tool from Pazera Software. Let's dive right in to see what it's capable of.

PS Hash is a freeware and portable hashing tool for Windows

PS Hash is a portable application. Extract the 32-bit or 64-bit version to archive and run the PsHashW.exe to start using it. The program uses an INI file to store its settings.

The application has a tabbed interface and displays the following tabs: File, Log, Compass, Verify and Text. The File tab is the primary tab. Use the "Select files" button to add the file that you wish to calculate the checksum of.

There are three icons to the right of the i icon. The first of these is the VirusTotal button, which when clicked opens a new tab in your browser to load the scan result page of the selected file. It uses the SHA-2 256 value of the file to search for a match on VirusTotal. The other two icons can be used to perform a search for the file name, using the Google or DuckDuckGo search engines.

There are 30 algorithms available in PS Hash, and they're divided as follows.

  • CRC and Adler - CRC16, CRC24, CRC32, CRC64, Alder 32
  • MD/RipeMD - MD2, MD4, MD5, RipeMD, RipeMD-128, RipeMD-160, RipeMD-256, RipeMD-320
  • SHA-0/SHA-1/SHA-2 - SHA-0, SHA-1, SHA-2 224, SHA-2 256, SHA-2 384, SHA-2 512, SHA-2 512/224, SHA-2 512/256
  • SHA-3/SHAKE - SHA-3 224, SHA-3 256, SHA-3 384, SHA-3 512, SHAKE-128, SHAKE-256
  • Other: Snerfu, Whirlpool - Snerfu 128, Snerfu 256, Whirlpool.

Each section is collapsible, so you can minimize the ones you don't want to use. You can pick the algorithms that you want to calculate the hashes for. When you have made your selection, click on the "Calculate checked hashes" option at the top of the screen.

PS Hash will start the hashing process, you can view its progress at the bottom of the screen. Once it has finished computing the values, they are displayed in the textbox next to each option. Click on the "Clipboard" button to copy the value.

PS Hash File tab menu

The first two buttons below the "File name" field can be used to copy the file name or paste content from the clipboard. The Explorer button opens the folder where the file is located in, while the i symbol lets you view its properties. The Right-click context menu offers the same options.

Log

PS Hash log

The log tab displays the list of calculated checksums. It displays the hash values in a table along with the file name, path, file size. Click on the floppy icon to save the selected values in a plain text (TXT) document. PS Hash's table format has a filter option that helps you search for specific files in the list. Switch to the text tab to view the values in text format.

PS Hash log text

Compare

If you want to check the integrity of a file that you downloaded, use the Compare tab. You can choose between a hash and a file to check it against.

PS Hash compare

Verify

Another way to do check for corrupted/tampered data is by using the Verify tab, checksum files.

PS Hash verify

Text

The program can also be used to hash text using the various algorithms that it supports. Paste the text to be hashed in the large text box, select the encoding and hash algorithms, and click on the "Calculate the text checksum/hash" button at the top.

Processes

The "Processes" option at the top of the screen opens a new window, that displays all running processes. Right-click on a selected process to calculate its hash, look it up on VirusTotal, Google or DuckDuckGo. The options are available on the toolbar as well.

PS Hash processes

The program doesn't have many settings, but you can associate it with hash extension files. This option requires you to run PS Hash using admin rights.

An option to integrate PS Hash to the Explorer context menu or the properties would have been nice. But that's not something every user may like. The program is quite nice in its current form. The name likely stands for Pazera Software Hash.

PS Hash

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Comments

  1. pioruns said on May 14, 2020 at 8:18 am
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    Third party GUI software re-discovering and reinventing tools present and built in to Linux for decades. Dunno if I should laugh or cry.

    1. Anonymous said on May 14, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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      Cry, for being sad enough to consider bringing up such an argument. Which is incorrect.
      Certutil will hash files, and I would imagine nix has far more 3rd party wrappers for commands than any other os out there.

    2. Trey said on May 14, 2020 at 7:20 pm
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      Regular Linux users are the ones crying whenever people like you make these kind of comments. There’s a reason everyone cringes when captain Linux starts commenting in threads.

      1. pioruns said on May 15, 2020 at 10:33 am
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        I am Windows user too. Wow I never thought I would be called names because I see sense in Linux :)
        I just refuse to accept such shallow comments as yours. Show me at least one app which uses hash for downloaded file other than SHA1, SHA256 or MD5. Even 7zip for Windows have them in context menu. No need to install useless “hashing app”.

  2. mazun said on May 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    “Get-FileHash” works in Powershell since several years too. so yeah, completely unnecessary tool only featured here to have another software recommendation… :/

  3. Gerold Manders said on May 14, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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    @mazun:
    Get-FileHash and PowerShell?

    That is command-line stuff. The software discussed here is a hash tool for the graphical part of Windows. So congratulations, you managed to fail spectacularly at comparing apples with oranges.

    For command-line comparison, you should have mentioned: md5sumd which is awesome and even has a progress-bar, although you likely don’t see it that much as it is very fast at what it does. ‘Get-FileHash’ can go stand in the corner, crying in shame, once you use proper tools.

    Proper comparisons benefit everyone who reads them. Your complaining brings litterally nothing to the table. Let me explain something then. If you have nothing useful to contribute, you best say nothing at all.

    OK, on topic then.

    This software has quite some interesting features for a windowed tool to create and compare hashes. And does well against other similar tools I had to use over the years. There isn’t much happening with software for this purpose, so it is a rather pleasant surprise to hear of another tool, which does pretty well against other similar software.

  4. user said on May 15, 2020 at 2:24 am
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    Great find, appreciate you bringing this to our attention. for v1 software it appears to be pretty polished and well rounded. though as you mentioned it is a shame it does not include hashes in the file properties of explorer. hopefully this can be added in future versions.

  5. Trey said on May 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm
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    Nirsoft HashMyFiles is a go to for selecting and hashing many files for a quick comparison. Also has the usual stuff like links to VirusTotal.

    Also – many interesting other tools by the PS Hash author. Like their password generator.

  6. Anonymous said on May 16, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    Is there a hashing application that lets you select multiple files from different drives and calculates the hashes in parallel? PS Hash lets you queue files while a file is being processed but the hashes are calculated on one file at a time.

  7. ipnonymous said on May 18, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    Hashtab has been my favorite for years because of how it integrates into microsofts properties windows.

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