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When preparing to crack a hash, it's always important to know which kind of hash you are trying to crack. There are many types of hashes, and cracking tools will require you to specify. By identifying the hash type, you will also learn whether or not the hash is salted.

Note: Salted hashes, in comparison to unsalted hashes, are extremely difficult to crack, due to salts being in place to prevent the hashes from being cracked. Therefore, if the hash is salted, it will either feel like it's taking a life time for you to crack, or you'll never succeed.
Here are two quick & easy ways to identify the type of hash that you are trying crack.

If you're using Linux, you can easily open hash-identifier from the terminal, then paste in your hash. Once you have done this, it will give you the most likely matches to your hash at the top, and the least likely matches at the bottom, as seen below:

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Above, I pasted a hash taken from MySQL. Hash-identifier does a great job and puts right at the top of the list.

If you don't have Linux for some strange reason, you can always download some software for you current OS, or as an easier option, use the Internet.

I have decided to use http://www.onlinehashcrack.com/hash-identification.php

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I have used the exactly same hash as I did before, but as you can see above - the results are not as spot on.

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