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.Odin Ransomware

Odin ransomware removal instructions

What is Odin?

Odin is a new version of Locky ransomware. Cyber criminals proliferate Odin via malicious script files attached to spam emails. Once the script is executed, a malicious encrypted file is downloaded, decrypted, and executed using a Windows program (Rundll32.exe). This malicious file then encrypts and renames various files (for example, .doc, .ppt, .php, .html, etc.) stored on the computer. Odin has identical behavior to its previous version (Locky), however, rather than adding a ".locky" or ".zepto" extension, this version appends ".odin". The files are renamed using the "[Victim ID]-[4 symbols]-[12 symbols].odin" pattern (e.g., "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "D56F3331-E80D-9E17-8D2A-1A11D40A6BD3.odin"). Following successful encryption, Odin creates three files ("_5_HOWDO_text.html", "_HOWDO_text.bmp" [set as the desktop wallpaper], and "_HOWDO_text.html") and places them on the desktop.

   
Locky Ransomware [Updated]

Locky ransomware removal instructions

What is Locky?

Locky is ransomware distributed via malicious .doc files attached to spam email messages. Each word document contains scrambled text, which appear to be macros. When users enable macro settings in the Word program, an executable file (the ransomware) is downloaded. Various files are then encrypted. Note that Locky changes all file names to a unique 16-letter and digit combination with a .locky, .zepto or .odin file extension. Thus, it becomes virtually impossible to identify the original files. All are encrypted using the RSA-2048 and AES-1024 algorithms and, therefore, a private key (stored on remote servers controlled by cyber criminals) is required for decryption. To decrypt the files, victims must pay a ransom.

   
Usr0 Ransomware

Usr0 ransomware removal instructions

What is Usr0?

Usr0 is a ransomware-type virus that infiltrates the system and encrypts a number of file types (e.g., .jpg, .doc, .ppt, etc.) stored on the infected system. This ransomware adds the ".usr0" extension to the name of each encrypted file (e.g., "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.usr0"). Once files are encrypted, Usr0 creates a text file ("Важная информация.txt"), placing it on the desktop.

   
Help_dcfile Ransomware

help_dcfile ransomware removal instructions

What is help_dcfile?

Help_dcfile is a ransomware designed to encrypt files using asymmetric cryptography. During encryption, help_dcfile modifies the names of encrypted files using the "10_random_characters.xxx" pattern. For example, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to "Kf4lAyhpGm.xxx". Once the files are encrypted, help_dcfile opens a window and creates a text file ("help_dcfile.txt", placed on the desktop), both containing a ransom-demand message.

   
Unblockupc Ransomware

Unblockupc ransomware removal instructions

What is Unblockupc?

Unblockupc is ransomware-type malware that stealthily infiltrates the system and encrypts files using AES-128 cryptography. Unlike other ransomware, Unblockupc does not change the names of encrypted files or add any type of extension. Following successful encryption, Unblockpc generates a ransom-demand message containing a text file ("Files encrypted.txt", which is placed in each folder containing encrypted files) and changes the desktop wallpaper.

   
Search.musicdiscoverytab.com Redirect

Search.musicdiscoverytab.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.musicdiscoverytab.com?

Music Discovery Tab is a rogue browser extension claiming to find various music. Initially, Music Discovery Tab may appear legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) this app often infiltrates without users' consent; 2) Music Discovery Tab stealthily modifies web browser settings, and; 3) Music Discovery Tab gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Slivnewbest.ru Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to slivnewbest.ru?

What is slivnewbest.ru?

Identical to chromestart4.ru, climbon.top, mystartpage1.ru, and a number of other rogue sites, slivnewbest.ru/i/rt5.html is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly generates the most relevant search results. Many users believe that this website is legitimate and useful, however, developers promote slivnewbest.ru using rogue software download/installation set-ups designed to hijack web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and stealthily modify various options. In addition, slivnewbest.ru continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by gathering various user/system data.

   
Footybase.com Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to footybase.com?

What is footybase.com?

footybase.com is a fake Internet search engine identical to climbon.top, searchqq.com, ttczmd.com, and many other rogue sites. By falsely claiming to generate improved search results, footybase.com attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, this site is promoted using rogue software downloaders/installers that hijack Internet browsers and modify various options without users' consent. Furthermore, footybase.com records various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Climbon.top Redirect

How to eliminate browser redirects to climbon.top?

What is climbon.top?

climbon.top is a fake Internet search engine identical to searchqq.com, ttczmd.com, blankpage3.ru, tavanero.info, and many other sites. By falsely claiming to generate the most relevant search results, climbon.top attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, developers promote this site using rogue software downloaders/installers designed to modify Internet browser options without users' consent. Furthermore, climbon.top gathers information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

   
Ad Expert Browser Adware

Ad Expert Browser removal instructions

What is Ad Expert Browser?

Ad Expert Browser is a deceptive application that supposedly provides various information relating to online advertising. Ad Expert Browser may seem legitimate and useful, however, this application is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without users' consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) monitoring of users' Internet browsing activity.

   

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