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Remove WannabeHappy Ransomware and Restore Files

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WannabeHappy ransomware is a destructive threat that restricts access to personal information stored on the infected hosts. It uses a strong cipher to modify the original code of predefined target files and then blackmails victims into paying a ransom for the unique data decryption key. WannabeHappy drops and opens an extortion message to instruct victims how to pay a ransom of $500 in Bitcoin.

This article aims to assist all infected users with the WannabeHappy ransomware removal and covers alternative data recovery approaches.

Threat Summary

Name WannabeHappy
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and ask for ransom payment after it finishes its encryption process.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Compromised Web Pages
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WannabeHappy Ransomware – Distribution

WannabeHappy ransomware payload is most likely to be spread via malicious email messages whose sender may pose as representative of popular business or governmental organizations. The message may be trying to convince you that the information is of high priority so that you are more prone to download an attachment or follow a presented link that are actually the infection carriers. Beware of all received emails and always scan the files with an anti-malware tool before you open them on the PC.

Sometimes the malicious links that lead to compromised web pages and cause the ransomware infection may be spread on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Fake software update notifications and freeware installers may also be used for WannabeHappy ransomware distribution.

WannabeHappy Ransomware – In-Depth Overview

The infection process starts at the moment when the executable file Cryptor.exe is running on the system. It is designed to manage the attack so that the ransomware can successfully plague your system and files.

First, it may collect information about the device and then send it to a server controlled by hackers. Afterward, they can drop more malicious files on your system or at worst install additional malware on it.

One of the primary ransomware functionalities is to create new values in Run and RunOnce registry keys. This interference can enable the automatic execution of all malicious files on each Windows system load. In most of the cases, the same keys allow the ransomware to display its ransom message on the PC screen or lock it at all.

WannabeHappy ransomware is designed to lock the screen with its ransom note which reads:

Ooops your files have been encrypted

What Happened to My Computer?
Your important files are encrypted. Many of your documents, photos, videos, databases and other files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted. Maybe you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.
Can I Recover My Files?
Sure. We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely easily. But you have not so enough time. You only have 13 hours, 37 minutes and 42 seconds (13:37:42) to submit the payment. After that the price will be doubled. Also, if you dont pay, you won’t be able to recover your files forever. We will have free for users who are so poor that they couldn’t pay in 6 months.
How do I Pay?
Payment is accepted in Bitcoin only. For more information, click @bitcoin logo. Please check the current price of the Bitcoin and buy some bitcoins. For more information, check internet. When the payment is done, report that the payment is done by sending your transaction ID (TX ID) by clicking
—> . I takes a while to validate the payment. After a while you can press the button and when the payment is succesful received, the decryption key will be returned!

Payment
Send $500 worth of bitcoin to this address
1HgdrvvvChjyqu3K76******************
Validate payment

Decrypt
Key: [] Decrypt

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The ransom message is divided into three columns with the middle one presenting the text. The left one counts down the time until the price gets doubled if the payment is not transferred and the number of encrypted files. Below these two elements stands a filed where the decryption key can be entered. The right column informs: “Send $500 worth of bitcoins to this address” and provides a filed with a bitcoin address below.

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Any contacts with the criminals are to be avoided if you don’t want to expose your personal information and PC to further abuses.

WannabeHappy Ransomware – Encryption Process

Crypto locker ransomware like WannabeHappy are designed to generally scan the system for frequently used file types and encrypt them in order to restrict access to important information. The goal is to make victims more prone to pay the ransom as soon after the infection occurs. File extensions associated with the following types of files can be encrypted by WannabeHappy ransomware:

  • Documents
  • Videos
  • Audio files
  • Pictures
  • Archives

All target files are modified by the ransomware via its built-in encryption module. After the encryption process files are completely inaccessible. In addition, WannabeHappy crypto virus can append a specific extension to corrupted data at the end of the names. Victims are unable to open their files until they apply the decryption key.

How to Remove WannabeHappy Ransomware and Restore Files

The detailed guide below will help you to get rid of WannabeHappy ransomware completely. You can remove it manually or automatically. Have in mind that due to the complexity of ransomware code the manual removal of all malicious files and objects can be a hard task even for the tech savvy guys. The automatic approach can help you to eliminate the threat once and forever. After the removal, some encrypted files can be restored via the alternative methods that are part of the guide below. But first, you will need to back up all encrypted files to an external drive to ensure that even if something goes wrong during the restore process, you will still have your data.

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Attention! SensorsTechForum strongly recommends that all malware victims should look for assistance only by reputable sources. Many guides out there claim to offer free recovery and decryption for files encrypted by ransomware viruses. Be advised that some of them may only be after your money.

As a site that has been dedicated to providing free removal instructions for ransomware and malware since 2014, SensorsTechForum’s recommendation is to only pay attention to trustworthy sources.

How to recognize trustworthy sources:

  • Always check "About Us" web page.
  • Profile of the content creator.
  • Make sure that real people are behind the site and not fake names and profiles.
  • Verify Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter personal profiles.


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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove WannabeHappy from Windows.


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

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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 WannabeHappy 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 WannabeHappy 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 WannabeHappy 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 WannabeHappy 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.

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

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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.

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

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by WannabeHappy.

Ransomware infections and WannabeHappy aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of WannabeHappy from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall WannabeHappy and remove related files and objects

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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 WannabeHappy:

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 WannabeHappy. 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 WannabeHappy. 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 WannabeHappy 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 WannabeHappy. 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.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by WannabeHappy.

Ransomware infections and WannabeHappy aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


WannabeHappy FAQ

What is WannabeHappy ransomware and how does it work?

WannabeHappy is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does WannabeHappy ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.WannabeHappy Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of WannabeHappy is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .WannabeHappy files?

You can't. At this point the .WannabeHappy files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .WannabeHappy files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by WannabeHappy ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".WannabeHappy" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .WannabeHappy files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of WannabeHappy ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate WannabeHappy ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .WannabeHappy files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like WannabeHappy ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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