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Jacob Marioni wrote:
-I tried changing my "user profile", but that didn't work

-When I open the files with Notepad, the text is in a different language:

That's because Notepad is interpreting the file as Unicode text. From Notepad, if you go File > Open, change "Encoding" to "ANSI" and then select the file to open, you'll see something similar to the extract you included in your original message.

-I'll try to upload the file so people can look at it, but how do I do that?
Can I just upload it here on the forum?


Apart from the initial "PK" which others have mentioned, I can't see any of the other features which tend to be seen near the beginning and end of Zip files (such as the names of the files packed within the .zip). It looks like this file has either been encrypted by the virus (as someone else here suggested; it might help to know what the virus was), or both the beginning and end of the file have been lost which would also make it pretty much impossible to recover anything from a Zip file.

In case you're wondering why everyone's going on about Zip files, it's because ODT files are Zip files with the contents formatted in a particular way.

Easiest recovery is probably to restore the files from a recent backup...

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