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  1.    01 Mar 2016 #1
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    Can someone give me a checksum for WinHlp32.exe from Windows XP x64?


    Hi, could someone just post here the checksum from WinHlp32.exe of Windows XP x64? Just want to make sure it's OK. I recently tweaked my Win 10 system to allow me to use outdated help files. This involved downloading said file from an untrusted source. Just wanna be safe.
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  2.    01 Mar 2016 #2
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    winhlp32.exe at DuckDuckGo

    I've not had need for it on Win10 yet but basically it is for reading the older Help files. Usually when installable files are posted the page will list the MD5Sum or SHA* number to verify the download but what I found are quite small and seldom get corrupted like larger files such as over 250MB on slower connections.
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  3.    01 Mar 2016 #3
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    Now everyone is going to think you actually answered my question. Could you remove your post so I can get an actual answer?

    What is the checksum for WinHlp32.exe from Windows XP x64?
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  4.    01 Mar 2016 #4
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    It's an answer but apparently not the one you wanted. To put it another way, sites posting downloads will usually also provide that number which is provided to them by the author/publisher of the file, for example the various Linux sites and LibreOffice. The number only applies to the file to be downloaded to assure it is a correct/complete file, has not been tampered with. Then one has to get a program that can compare the file with the number provided. The file you asked about is from Microsoft, probably a trusted site.
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  5.    01 Mar 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt panties View Post
    Now everyone is going to think you actually answered my question. Could you remove your post so I can get an actual answer?

    What is the checksum for WinHlp32.exe from Windows XP x64?
    No, I will not remove my post as I consider it quite correct.
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  6.    01 Mar 2016 #6
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    I don't see a checksum. Did you hide it somewhere?
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  7.    01 Mar 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt panties View Post
    I don't see a checksum. Did you hide it somewhere?
    I'm not hiding anything, the number usually is on the page where you downloaded the file from. The Microsoft page is located on the Search link I provided.
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  8.    01 Mar 2016 #8
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    You seem to think that just because someone can provide a checksum that the file is safe. Any hacker can post here. And any hacker can provide a checksum for their wares.

    I'm asking for the checksum of a known file. If the published file size and checksum of a known file are the same as my file, it's pretty good insurance that the file does not contain a custom virus.
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  9.    01 Mar 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt panties View Post
    You seem to think that just because someone can provide a checksum that the file is safe. Any hacker can post here. And any hacker can provide a checksum for their wares.

    I'm asking for the checksum of a known file. If the published file size and checksum of a known file are the same as my file, it's pretty good insurance that the file does not contain a custom virus.
    Well, I've gotten a large number of Linux LiveDVD and LibreOffice downloads over several years and the checksum numbers provided on the download pages have been quite useful is verifying the downloaded file was correct as provided by the sites.

    You're right about the hacker which is exactly why I posted a page of links to Microsoft to get the file and to see if they provide the checksum number. It does not appear in that installed file on my computers so there's no way I can provide it, have to get it from Microsoft.

    As for "Any hacker can post here", would I be remiss in thinking that if I did have the number and posted it you would trust my veracity?

    Seems to me someone else can keep your argument going, I'm out.
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  10.    01 Mar 2016 #10
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    OK. And I really doubt I can get that checksum from Microsoft. Just never heard of them doing that. Not for file from a no-longer-supported product. Hence my original question still stands.

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