What is Hahaha Ransomware?
Hahaha Ransomware has the opposite effect as its name would suggest because once it penetrates your system, it is most likely you will lose most of your personal files in this malicious attack as this infection encrypts them all. Laughter is probably the last of the reactions you would express when you realize that you have no recent backup saved on a removable hard disk. If this is your case, you may really believe that the only choice for you to be able to restore your encrypted files is to pay the rather high ransom fee. Unfortunately, our malware specialists do not recommend this for you as experience shows that there is little chance that you would get the decryption key needed for you to decrypt your files. We have found that this ransomware threat is another variation of CryptoWire Ransomware, which is an "educational" ransomware released and available to the public. Even if it means the loss of your files in the end, we advise you to remove Hahaha Ransomware immediately. Please read our full report to understand how this dangerous threat spreads on the web and how you can protect your computer from similar ones in the future.
Where does Hahaha Ransomware come from?
It seems that this malicious program follows suit and spreads mainly in spam e-mails. Although at the beginning of the spam era these mails used to be quite obvious with their fake sender names and e-mail addresses, let alone the messages themselves, nowadays spam mails can be quite convincing, misleading, and sophisticated. This means that you can be tricked into opening one even if you consider yourself an experienced user. Such a deceiving spam can look like it has come from some authority or a publicly known company (e.g., FedEx, American Airlines, AOL, etc). Seeing such a sender you would not start to have doubts right away. The subject of this spam could be anything then that could draw your attention to it even more. So you sort of trust the sender and you see that this mail is about some alleged urgent issue, such as an unsettled speeding or parking fine, an issue with your bank transfer, a problem with a booking or lost parcel, and the like.
Do you think you could resist this kind of temptation? Well, if you are infected with this vicious ransomware, the answer is obvious to this question. Unfortunately, you cannot delete Hahaha Ransomware without the awful consequences of losing your encrypted files. The reason is simple. The moment you click to view the attached file in this spam mail is the moment you activate this malicious program. This is why you need to try to do everything to prevent such a nightmare from happening in the first place. By becoming more alert while going through your mails and not opening questionable ones, let alone by not downloading suspicious attachments you could do a lot for the protection of your PC. Obviously, the most effective way to protect your computer and your files is to have a proper anti-malware program installed. Remember that removing Hahaha Ransomware cannot restore your files.
How does Hahaha Ransomware work?
When you run the downloaded file attachment, it places a copy of itself in "%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Common Files" without changing its name. This file name can be a random name. This infection also deletes the shadow copies of your files to make sure that you cannot restore them. Once it is all set to go, it uses the AES-256 encryption algorithm to encrypt your photos, videos, text documents, and archives in the %USERPROFILE% directory and its subfolders. All affected files get an ".encrypted" extension; however, this is not appended to the end of the file name but inserted before the original extension like in this example: "my_image.encrypted.jpg." Once a file is encrypted, the original clean copy is overwritten 10 times and then deleted permanently. Even the Recycle Bin contents are overwritten 10 times and deleted permanently to make sure that you cannot use any file-retriever “magical” tools. It seems that these cyber criminals take their “job” seriously and you should also take this attack just as seriously and remove Hahaha Ransomware ASAP.
This ransomware also creates a task in "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks" with a random 10 digit name. When all its work is done, it opens a window with a list of the encrypted files, which is stored in "%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Common Files" with the name "log.txt." This window also contains the ransom note information below as a red text. This informs you about the encryption and threatens you not to close this window or restart your computer because it could result in your losing your files. You can find two buttons on this window. One is the “Buy Bitcoins” button that redirects you to paxful.com, and the "Decrypt Files" button, which you should not press for fun or with a wrong key inserted in the box next to it because it would make the infection restart itself.
You are given 72 hours to send 500 dollars worth of Bitcoins to a provided Bitcoin wallet address. You have to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for the decryption key after you transfer the money. However, we do not advise you to do so since you would simply support cyber criminals to commit more crimes and there is no guarantee that you will get anything in return anyway. We recommend that you do not waste more time and delete Hahaha Ransomware right away.
How to delete Hahaha Ransomware
It is way less difficult to remove Hahaha Ransomware from your system as you might think. Most people believe that just because this is such a severe threat, it is just as complicated to eliminate it when all you need to do is delete the related files and restart your machine. Please follow our instructions below if you want to face this beast yourself. However, you cannot forget about the possibility that there may be other threats on board, too, or that malicious attacks may hit you in the future. Thus, we suggest that you consider installing a reliable anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter, to safeguard your PC automatically.
Remove Hahaha Ransomware from Windows
- Press Win+E.
- Find and delete the malicious file (could be random name) you saved and launched.
- Bin the ransom note text file from your desktop.
- Delete the executable file with the same name from "%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Common Files" folder.
- Remove the malicious task with 10 random digits from "%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks"
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Restart your computer.
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