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mejobloggs
26-12-2005, 05:01 PM
I notice on a lot of websites that I am asked to validate my download with PGP/MD5/GPG numbers (I think those names are correct). What are these, and how do I use them?

E|im
26-12-2005, 05:13 PM
They are a hash of the file and you can use them to verify the file is not corrupt or been tampered with.

Google for some programs to help you compare the hashes.

Speedy Gonzales
26-12-2005, 05:27 PM
Nero has a program (http://www.nero.com/nero7/eng/Nero_MD5_Verifier.html) that verifies most of their downloads from the Nero site.

bob_doe_nz
26-12-2005, 05:45 PM
Heres one that runs in Windows.

http://www.md5summer.org/

Made by a kiwi too. Its a little fiddly to use for the first timer but it does what its suppoesed to do quite well.