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Decrypt Files Encrypted by HappyDayzz(BlackJoker) Virus

Article created to show you how to remove HappyDayzz ransomware and decrypt .happydayzz encrypted files without having to pay 0.5 BTC to the cyber-criminals.

A ransomware virus reported to be an iteration of the notorious Globe ransomware version 3 has been reported to be spread on a global scale. The ransomware infection has also been reported to drop a ransom note named How To Recover Encrypted Files.hta in which it points out that the victims must pay the sum of 0.5 BTC to decrypt the encrypted files. However, malware researchers have come up with a decryption software with which you can decode your files for free. If you want to get rid of the HappyDayzz threat and recover your files, we recommend that you read this article carefully.

HappyDayz Globe v3 Virus – More Information

This particular ransomware infection is believed to be widespread via multiple different methods on a global scale. One of those methods is e-mail spam of deceitful messages, containing malicious e-mail attachments, like the image below shows:

When victims open the malicious archive, it It, they can either discover a file that is a document and infects after you click on the “Enable Content” button or a file that is actually an executable type of file (.js, .exe, .dll, .tmp, .vbs) and can infect simply by being opened.

After the malicious file is opened, infection is immediate and done via malware obfuscator which actually hides the HappyDayzz ransomware’s malicious files while they are being downloaded. The files may be more than one and may be in various Windows folders under different names:

After the files are downloaded on the computer of the victim, the virus begins to change it’s settings. Among it’s activity is modifying Windows Registry entries and deleting shadow volume copies on the compromised machine. The virus also drops Globe ransomware’s ransom note, as shown by the image on the top of this article.

Then, HappyDayzz ransomware may employ encryption on the files of the victim PC. Among the encrypted files may be documents, images, database files, music, video files and archives as well. The files encrypted by the virus may look like the following image:

Fortunately, users do not have to pay a hefty ransom fee to get the files back. Instead, we have provided instructions on how to use the Emsisoft Globe decrypter and get your data back for free. We advise you to make sure to backup your files and remove the HappyDayzz virus before attempting the decryption instructions and read them carefully.

HappyDayzz Ransomware Removal Instructions

In order to remove this virus firstly, you can try either the Manual instructions or the Automatic ones in case you are not tech savvy. Be sure to know that reverse engineers and security experts always recommend scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software for maximum effectiveness during removal.

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How to Remove HappyDayzz from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove HappyDayzz

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall HappyDayzz and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by HappyDayzz on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by HappyDayzz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for HappyDayzz with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of HappyDayzz from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall HappyDayzz and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to HappyDayzz:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to HappyDayzz. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to HappyDayzz. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove HappyDayzz via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as HappyDayzz. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove HappyDayzz from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase HappyDayzz from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall HappyDayzz from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove HappyDayzz from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the HappyDayzz will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate HappyDayzz from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


12 Comments

  1. Avatarluis

    Sorry, the extension of the files are .happydayzz with three “Z”, for this inconvenience I think this method does not work for me. Do you know any decrypter for .happydayzzz? (sorry for my English).

    Example file: [blackjockercrypter@gmail.com] .FA80E5467292B179AAD3C0743D1E16D71E412C4F85.happydayzzz

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    1. AvatarVencislav Krustev

      Yes, i have written in the answer to Maravento with alternative link.

      Reply
      1. Avatarluis

        Sorry, I do not see any links. I have the original file and the encrypted file but I guess this method does not work because the encrypted files have the extension. .zzz (3z)

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      2. AvatarMaravento

        sorry. what link????. This method does not work because the file ends with .happydayzzz (not happydayzz) 3z

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  2. AvatarWilfre

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2d12595030da7cf6679e52ad750f4d1c362e8e5d51d0416bc5b46bd243f9a78.jpg I have the same problem, the encrypted files are with 3Z “.happydayzzz”, some option to help please, thank you very much

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    1. Avatarluis

      you found a some solution?… hablas español?

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      1. AvatarWilfre

        Hola Luis: Aun No, solo nos queda aguardar y buscar otras alternativas (guarde por separado mis archivos encriptados) y bueno instale un nuevo antivirus para que este tipo de casos no vuelva a suceder.

        Reply
        1. Avatarluis

          lol, algo así hice… le puse otro HDD a mi laptop para seguir trabajando en ella, también usare un programa de recuperación de archivos eliminados (recuva, wondershare data recovery, etc) para recuperar los archivos eliminados por el ransomware en el disco infectado y bueno guardare ese HDD hasta encontrar una solución en el futuro para desencriptar todo(ojala cercano).

          Si encuentras algún método coméntalo por favor.

          Reply
  3. AvatarMaravento

    Muy buen artículo, pero tiene un solo problema. “Arrastrar y soltar el archivo cifrado y el archivo original junto al descifrador” (el archivo original no existe porque fue cifrado por el ransomware)

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    1. AvatarVencislav Krustev

      Hello, You can look for original files in multiple different Default Windows picture folders, for example in %Windows% or %System32%

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      1. AvatarMaravento

        thanks Vencislav. I’ll check it out

        Reply
      2. Avataralej

        Sorry. The files does not exist and the ext is happyzzz (3z)

        Reply

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