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Remove .odin file extension virus (Free Instructions)

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Ransomware

What to do if your files have .odin file extensions:

.odin file extension typically appears after when the file gets encrypted by .odin file extension virus, which is better known as ODIN ransomware. It is a destructive virus that modifies data in a specific way so that the victim can not access it anymore. It aims to swindle money from the victim, so it asks to pay a ransom to get a special decryption software capable of fixing all .odin files. If you are looking for ODIN decryption tool, we want to tell you straight away that such tool has not been discovered yet. Ransomware-type viruses are extremely dangerous because as soon as they drop the payload, there is no way back. Of course, unless you have a data backup. In such case, you can restore your files for free after removing the virus. If you do not have a backup, we have some data recovery suggestions for you; however, we want to warn you that there is no guarantee that they will help you to recover your files. Now, let’s start from the beginning and find out who ODIN is, how it operates, and why it has attacked your computer.

What is ODIN virus and what it wants from you?

.odin file extension ransomware virus is a computer infection that arrives in the form of an encrypted DLL installer, which is then decrypted and executed via Windows program known as Rundll32.exe. The command line of this program is set to run a command that opens the malicious DLL that is located in %TEMP% folder. Once opened, the virus starts encrypting victim’s files stored in various computer folders – it only bypasses several system folders not to corrupt the system and keep the computer running. The virus identifies target files by their file extensions, and, according to our research, it can corrupt over 390 different file types. .odin file extension virus encrypts data stored on unmapped network shares as well, and it uses a combination of RSA-2048 and AES-128 encryption algorithms, which simply means that there is no way to recover files without a unique decryption key that only the authors of this ransomware know. They use different encryption and decryption key set for each victim, so if you think about buying one decryption software and sharing it with other victims – do not even waste your time. Authors of ODIN malware have thought about this and took care of this matter.

Questions about .odin file extension virus

After taking care of victim’s data, the virus creates ransom notes and fills them with information on how to decrypt .odin file extension files. These ransom notes can be entitled as _[2 digits]_HOWDO_text.html, _HOWDO_text.html or _HOWDO_.bmp. Each victim gets a unique identification number and individual link to the payment site, where the decryption software can be bought. The payment site can be accessed via Tor browser only. Once the victim enters this site, the truth comes to the surface – this virus is just another version of Locky virus because the payment website “presents a special software – Locky Decryptor, which allows to decrypt and return control to all your encrypted files.” This decryptor costs 0.7 BTC, which is more or less 450 USD. We do not recommend you to pay the ransom for obvious reasons. First of all, you should not rely on cyber criminals. There is NO guarantee that they will provide you with the decryption software, and even if they do, it might contain malicious attachments. Besides, people who pay ransoms just fuel up the ransomware business and keep cyber criminals going. Therefore, if you have been attacked by this ransomware, remove .odin file extension virus ASAP. For .odin file extension virus removal, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar anti-malware software.
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How does this virus spread?

Victims of Locky (or Odin) ransomware report that the virus arrived in the form of a malicious email attachment. It seems that this malware distribution technique remains the most popular and effective method to inject ransomware into victims’ computers. Criminals send emails that contain bogus reports, invoices, resumes, speeding tickets, and other infectious documents that insert malware into victim’s computer. Therefore, we suggest you avoid opening emails that come from unknown parties because such emails often bring malware payload. Although there are other methods used to distribute ODIN, malicious email attachments remain the main method used to infect home computer users. However, malware can be installed after downloading bogus software updates or clicking on malware-laden ads.

Remove .odin file extension ransomware

If your files have been securely locked by .odin file extension virus, you do not have to reconcile yourself – remove .odin file extension malware ASAP by using a reliable anti-malware software. Just like we have mentioned before, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego is the recommended tool for .odin file extension removal; however, the virus most likely will attempt to block your security software. In such case, read the following information:

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If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove .odin virus, follow these steps:

Remove .odin using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove .odin

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete .odin removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove .odin using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of .odin. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that .odin removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove .odin from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

If your files are encrypted by .odin, you can use several methods to restore them:

Decrypt files with Data Recovery Pro

Although Data Recovery Pro is not the official Odin decryption tool, it can help to recover lost files quickly. Although we cannot guarantee that it can decrypt .odin files, we believe that it is worth a try.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by .odin ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Locky Decryptor

We highly recommend you NOT to buy this tool from criminals as it can arrive in a bundle with several other malicious programs. Please, do not pay the ransom – this way, you would only support cyber criminals.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from .odin and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. help says:
    October 13th, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Computer just go infected, what do i do!

  2. Simiie says:
    October 13th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Files cannot be opened, and filenames have been scrambled too. I cannot identify files anymore!

  3. Lamar says:
    October 13th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Why, why, WHY DID I OPEN THAT EMAIL! Im not going to pay, but I wish I wasnt so curious back then…

  4. Dunking says:
    October 13th, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    does somebody know how to decrypt files???

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