Infected with Odin ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is Odin ransomware
Odin ransomware is new cryptographic virus from family of Locky and Zepto ransomware. It uses system process (rundll32.exe) to execute and encrypt user files. Usually, infection affects user personal files such as documents, photos, videos and music. In this version virus adds .odin extension and modifies filename, changing it to random set of numbers and letters. Virus creates 3 files: _5_HOWDO_text.html, _HOWDO_text.bmp, and _HOWDO_text.html. Image file is used as desktop background and contains text with instructions to pay the ransom. Developers of this malware demand huge ransom of 3 Bitcoins (~$1800) for decryption tool. Currently there is no free decryption tools available, however we strongly recommend you not to pay the hackers and do not disclose bank credentials on third party resources as they offer. In most cases, malefactors will not send you decryption tool. At the moment of writing this article, only way to decrypt .odin files is from backups, and there is some chance for successful decryption if you perform instructions below. Learn how to remove Odin ransomware and restore files infected by Odin on this page.
!!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION!!!!
All of your files are encrypted with RSA-2048 and AES-128 ciphers.
More information about the RSA and AES can be found here:
hxxp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced Encryption Standard
Decrypting of your files is only possible with the private key and decrypt program, which is on our secret server.
To receive your private key follow one of the links:
If all of this addresses are not available, follow these steps:
1. Download and install Tor Browser: hxxps://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html
2. After a successful installation, run the browser and wait for initialisation.
3. Type in the address bar: jhomitevd2abj3fk.onion/D56F3331E80D9E17
4. Follow the instructions on the site.
!!! Your personal identification ID: D56F3331E80D9E17 !!!
How Odin ransomware infected your PC
Odin ransomware uses e-mails to infiltrate users computers. Virus is hidden inside archives with .doc or .xls documents attached to such e-mails. If user downloads this archive and opens .doc or .xls file, it will ask to enable macros. Once uses does it there is no way back because it will soon download small executable and will run it to encrypt files in user folders. Antiviruses have a small chance to catch Odin ransomware virus as it is constantly modified. The only way to protect your computer from such threats is use antiviruses with crypto-protection like HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard.
What to do if you are infected with Odin ransomware virus?
First of all don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer, before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the Odin ransomware virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
Norton is a powerful removal tool. It can remove all instances of newest viruses, similar to Odin ransomware – files, folders, registry keys.
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Step 2: Remove following files and folders of Odin ransomware:
Remove following registry entries:
Remove following files:
How to decrypt files infected by Odin ransomware (.odin files)?
Use automated decryption tools
There is ransomware decryptor from Trend Micro that may decrypt .odin files. It is free and may help you restore files encrypted by Odin ransomware. Download it here:
There is currently no other automated decryption tool for Odin ransomware files, but that doesn’t mean that you need to pay the ransom. We track the topic and will add any new decryption tool available in this part of the article. Now you can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt .odin files.
Decrypt .odin files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although, latest versions of Odin ransomware remove system restore files, this method may help you partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged (in our case – encrypted by Odin ransomware). This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Restore .odin files using shadow copies
- Download and run Shadow Explorer.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from.
- Right-click on folder you want to restore and select Export.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov