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WinMHR: (Re)Introducing the Malware Hash Registry

August 19, 2010

Microsoft Windows users seeking more certainty about the security and integrity of downloaded files should take a look at a free new offering from Internet security research firm Team Cymru (pronounced kum-ree) that provides a solid backup to anti-virus scans.

The tool is actually an extension of an anti-malware service that Team Cymru has offered for several years, known as the “Malware Hash Registry.” The MHR is a large repository of the unique fingerprints or “hashes” that correspond to millions of files that have been identified as malicious by dozens of anti-virus firms and other security experts over the years. The MHR has been a valuable tool for malware analysts, but until now its traditional command-line interface has placed it just outside the reach of most average computers users.