Happylocker Ransomware – Initial Information
Another member of HiddenTear project, Happylocker Ransomware is on the loose all over the internet. As may have heard, HiddenTear is a kind of educational ransomware project made public by a Turkish Researcher on GitHube in 2015. Since then thousands of ransomware have been created using the platform. Some of them have been reached the level of the most famous threats among Security investigators and Windows users. The Happylocker Ransomware is being distributed by using vitiated file attachments contained in Junk emails created and sent by cyberpunks, often in PDF or DOCX files housing corrupted macro scripts that download the Happylocker Ransomware onto your Windows PC. Junk Emails used to distribute the the ransomware may contain social engineering elements to trick you into opening the most infectious file. Bogus Bitcoin-based faucet (a reward system that pays computer users with BitCoin fragments) may be used to trick you into loading and executing malicious files like exploit kit or payloads. Such files may connect to a server in background just after invading your system and start downloading components of the ransomware without your awareness.
Identification of Happylocker Ransomware contamination
During initial inspection, we found that Happylocker Ransomware utilizes a military-grade file encryption standard – AES-256. This cipher allows the ransomware to corrupt your files just in few minutes. Encrypted files could not be opened or read by you until you don't remove Happylocker Ransomware and restore your files on your computer using backup or system restore point option. Afterwards, the ransomware drops 'READDDDDDD.txt' ransom note and 'READ.jpeg' file on your affected desktop.
Ransom note may feature following text:
All of your files are encrypted with HAPPY Ciphers
To Decrypt :
– Open This Page : http://ysasite(dot)com/happy
– Follow All Steps'
The HappyLocker Ransomware uses a payment website that is nearly identical to the one used by the Locky Ransomware. When victims visit this payment website, they will receive the following instructions:
We present a special software – Happy Decryptor™ –
which allows to decrypt and return control to all your encrypted files
How to buy Happy Decryptor™?
1 You can make a payment with BitCoins, there are many methods to get them.
2 You should register BitCoin wallet:
Simplest online wallet or Some other methods of creating wallet
3 Purchasing Bitcoins, although it's not yet easy to buy bitcoins, it's getting simpler every day.
Here are our recommendations:
[links to popular Bitcoin services like localbitcoins.com and btcdirect.eu]
4 Send 0.1 BTC to Bitcoin address:
[34 random characters]
Note: Payment pending up to 30 mins or more for transaction confirmation, please be patient…
5 Refresh the page and download decryptor.
When Bitcoin transactions will receive one confirmation, you will be redirected to the page for downloading the decryptor.”
However, security experts suggest against paying ransom fee to the Attackers because neither there is any guarantee that they will deliver a working password nor money back assurance in case password doesn't work. Therefore, it is better to use alternative guideline to terminate Happylocker Ransomware and restore files.
How to Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware from Control Panel from Windows 10
- Click and Open Start Menu option
- Settings option is to be selected on the menu to show all the contents
- Click on System option
- On the system Menu, Click on Apps and features option
- Now Click on Happylocker Ransomware to remove it from PC.
How to Eliminate Happylocker Ransomware from Windows 8/8.1
Step 1: Press repeatedly F8 to boot PC in Safe Mode. Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Press ALT+Ctrl+Del to open Windows Task Manager. After that, search all the Happylocker Ransomware related processes and then click to “End Task”
Step 3: Type “regedit” in Run dialog box and open Windows Registry Editor. Search and delete all the corrupt registries added by Happylocker Ransomware infection.
Step 4: Go to Start and then click to open Control Panel.
After that, click Add/Remove Program
Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware associated programs from Windows 8/8.1
Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware From Window 7/vista
Tap on F8 Key to Enter Safe Mode
Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”
First of all close all running programs and open Task manager by pressing ALT + CTRL + DEL keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
Now Click on Processes menu and select all the processes associated with Happylocker Ransomware one by one then click on End Task.
Now go to the desktop, click on Start Menu on the left lower corner. Move to Control panel and use left mouse click over it.
The Control panel window will open, if are getting the view by Category find and click “Uninstall a program” below “Programs” group.
Now select Happylocker Ransomware within programs list and click on Uninstall.
Steps to Eliminate Happylocker Ransomware from Windows XP
Step 1: Restart PC in Safe Mode by continuously pressing F8 button. After that, select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Open Windows Task Manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del together. After that, find and select all the Happylocker Ransomware associated processes and then click to “End Task” button.
Step 3: Open Run dialog box and then enter “regedit.exe” to open Windows Registry. Search and then delete all the corrupt and infectious registries added by Happylocker Ransomware.
Step 4: Click Start button and then go to Control Panel, click to open Windows Add/Remove Program. Search all the Happylocker Ransomware related programs and then uninstall it from Windows XP.
How to Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware From Your Infected Browser
A. Guidelines to Remove Happylocker Ransomware From Microsoft Edge Browser
How to Reset Default Search Engine to Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware
Select Settings after selecting More (…) on the address bar
Click and select on View advanced settings option
In order to input the search engine, Click on <Add new> under option”Search in the address bar with”
Select Search engine and adds as default by clicking on Add as default option.
How to Reset Default Homepage on Microsoft Edge to Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware
- Select More (…) option on the address bar followed by settings
- Select specific page or pages under Open with option
- After selecting the Custom option, enter the URL of the homepage you wish to set as
B. How to Delete Happylocker Ransomware from Google Chrome
Click to Open Google Chrome and then click on menu icon which is on the top right corner and then select Tools → Extensions
Select all the malicious extensions including Happylocker Ransomware and then select trash icon
Again click on menu icon and select Settings and then click to Manage Search Engines under the Search section
In Search Engines, remove all the infectious search sites and set Google Chrome as Default Browser
C. How to Uninstall Happylocker Ransomware From Mozilla Firefox
Launch Mozilla Firefox and find and click “Firefox” button on the top left corner on the screen.
A drop down box will appear, navigate to Add-ons option and click on it.
In the next window select and click on “Extensions” in left pane.
Find Happylocker Ransomware add-on and click on the center area to see the border exactly and click on Disable button.
Wait a moment and let the add-on get disabled.
Now click the “Remove” button, later on uninstall the add-on Mozilla will ask you to restart the browser.
D. How to Remove Happylocker Ransomware From Internet Explorer
First of all Launch Internet explorer by clicking the Task-bar Icon on desktop.
Now Click on Tool Menu on web browser interface.
Select and click on Manage add-ons in the drop down box.
A View and manage your Internet Explorer Add-ons window will open, now click on “Toolbar and Extensions” option in left pane.
A list of all installed ad-ons will appear, select Happylocker Ransomware and click on “Disable” button and Reset IE