In this article we are going to try and help you remove .Odin File Ransomware. Our instructions cover all Windows versions.
Welcome to the .Odin File removal guide. On this page, we are going to give you information about one of the freshly released Ransomware threats that has been infecting users online. If you have fallen victim of this nasty cryptovirus, here we will show you how to remove the infection and all of its related files from your machine. Our team of experts has prepared a detailed removal guide for that purpose. For effective removal, we suggest you also read the following information about the .Odin specifics, file encryption and distribution methods and the protection measures that you could take to avoid such threats in the future.
Why is the world so scared of Ransomware?
Ransomware is one of the most malicious threats and the main reason for that is that once it infects you, it can encrypt all your important data – files, documents, images, videos, music, games, projects and many more. Once encrypted, none of your files will be accessible and you will be restricted from operating with them until you pay ransom to the crooks that stand behind the malicious program. This is the modern form of online blackmailing. Another nasty thing about Ransomware is that it is really tricky and difficult to remove, and even if you do so, the applied file encryption in most cases will remain irreversible unless a proper decryption key is applied. And as you can guess, that decryption key is in the hands of the hackers, who will ask you to pay a fat sum for it and won’t even give you a guarantee that you will get it at the end. Could it get any nastier than this? Well, unfortunately, it could.
Nowadays this type of threats have turned into a very profitable “business model” within the cybercriminal circles, as new and more sophisticated Ransomware viruses keep coming up every day – .Odin File is just one of the latest ones and as expected, it comes packed with a new strong encryption algorithm and a handful of delusive infection techniques. It is in fact a new version of the infamous Locky Ransomware.
The infection method:
One of the worst things about .Odin is that it infects users without any symptoms. A misleading link, fake advertisements, compromised web page or very well camouflaged spam emails with attachments may be silently transmitting the ransomware. All it takes is a click on the malicious payload for the infection to take place. A Trojan horse usually accompanies the virus and helps it to sneak inside the system by creating a vulnerability. Once inside the computer, .Odin immediately starts to encrypt all the targeted files found on the drives. A very complex algorithm of symbols locks them and changes their file extension to *.Odin. Only after all the damage is done, a ransom note appears on the victim’s screen revealing the infection and requesting the ransom. The crooks demand the payment usually in bitcoins, which is a type of online currency that helps them remain undetected by the authorities. Threats and deadlines could also be given to the victims in order to make them act impulsively and pay faster.
What options do you have once your computer has been infected?
If you have some backups of the important data that has been encrypted, you can easily restore it from there. Clouds or external drives are the best ways to keep your data safe in case of ransomware attacks. However, do not attempt to restore anything before you completely remove .Odin from your machine. If you connect the external drive or cloud on the infected computer, the encryption will be immediately applied to them as well. That’s why it is extremely important to firstly clean the infection. But we need to warn you that this could be a bit tricky. For that, we suggest you follow the instructions in the removal guide below. If you are unsure which files you need to remove, double check your system with the professional .Odin removal tool. It will detect the malware in no time.
But what if you don’t have backups to restore your files from? In this case, you are in a very unpleasant situation. But don’t panic, because this is what the hackers behind the Ransomware rely on to take your money. By paying them you not only help such threats become more popular, but you don’t have any guarantee that you will get what you pay for. After all, you are dealing with unscrupulous and greedy cybercriminals remember? There is a very real chance you may never hear from them once they get your money. This scenario does happen to many people, who despite paying huge amounts of ransom are still left with their data locked. All hope rests in the security experts, who are fighting Ransomware day and night to try and break the new encryptions. A frequently updated list of free decryptors could be found on our page, where some of the recent encryptions have been successfully broken and now their victims can decrypt their files for free. However, new threats like .Odin may still take some time to be researched. Meanwhile, what you can do is clean your computer from the malware and try the restoration tips in the removal guide below.
.Odin File Ransomware Removal
Enter Windows Safe mode.
- Win 7 Users: Restart your PC –> keep on clicking F8 –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Win 8 Users: Start Button –> Control Panel –> System and Security –> Administrative Tools –> System Configuration –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Boot –>
- Win 10 users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> Startup Settings –> Restart –> In the subsequent Menu select Safe Mode with Networking.
Open Task Manager and locate any processes associated with .Odin.
- Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys simultaneously –> Processes Tab –> Select a suspicious process (use Google or ask us in the comments if you are not sure about a process) –> Right Click and Open File Location –> End the suspicious process in Task Manager –> Delete the Folders containing the suspicious files.
Open the Registry Editor and search for .Odin.
- Win 7 Users: Click Start and type regedit –> Enter –> Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type Cryp1 Virus in the search field.
- Win 8/10 users: Start Button –> Choose Run –> type regedit –> Enter Press CTRL + F buttons –> Type .Odin in the search field.
Try to recover your files. First you will need System Restore.
- Win 7 Users: Start button –> Type Windows System Restore –> Enter –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and revert to it.
- Win 8 Users: Hold down the Windows key + Q –> Type Recovery –> Settings –> Choose the Recovery icon –> Open System Restore –> Select a Restore Point.
- Win 10 Users: Start Menu –> Power Options Menu –> Hold down the SHIFT button while clicking on Restart –> Troubleshoot –> Advanced Options –> System Restore –> Select a Restore Point and apply it.
Secondly use program that can access your Shadow Copies.
- Use Google to find the official website of such a program and download it.
- Use the program to select the file types and the hard drive locations you want the program to scan for.
- Start the scan and keep in mind that it might take a while.
- Once the scan has been completed just select the files you want to be recovered.
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