HAHAHA Ransomware Description
GData malware researcher, Karsten Hahn discovered HAHAHA Ransomware early in 2017. According to his report, the ransomware is completely developed using an open source project known as 'CryptoWire'. Further, cyberpunks are spreading the ransomware using fake hacking tool – BTCHacker and Steam Cash. Following successful infiltration, HAHAHA virus makes use of asymmetric encryption engine and starts encrypting certain types of files. It takes only few minutes to encrypt thousands of files onto your computer. Though, suddenly you see that encrypted files are marked with '.encrypted' extension. These files will become totally corrupted. As a result, neither you can modify them nor not view them. Suppose, your spreadsheets have encoded with HAHAHA Ransomware, then these spreadsheets will not be accessible. While double click such files, you get response like “Explorer couldn't recognize the file” or “unable to open file” or “you don't have permission to execute read the file”.
Taking full advantages of your situation, the ransomware display ransom note and demands $500 as ransom fee in order to provide data decryption key (private key). This private key can decipher your encrypted files without any trouble. But the problem is, how can you expect to get decryption key from a cyber extortionist? In most cases, they just ignore victims even after getting paid. Moreover, to pressurize you, cyberpunks gives a limited time of 72 hours to make ransom payment. Otherwise, the private key which is only stored on C&C server will be destroyed permanently. After getting such threats, some people get scared and make ransom payment instantly. But you should not do that. It can put your Banking credentials at high risk. HAHAHA Ransomware's ransom note features following text:
HAHAHA Ransomware – Prevention Ideas
To avoid HAHAHA Ransomware infection in future, you will have to pay your close attention while using your computer. Usually, we don't notice little things while browsing online Internet and become victim of ransomware and other threats as well. Hence, if you keep an efficient Antimalware software installed and updated to latest virus definition, it will provide real time protection against most of all computer threats. Also, while checking emails, you should never execute suspicious attachment file or double embedded codes. Even, you must not install any Windows critical updates or software updates from unknown domains. This is the best way to safeguard your computers running Microsoft Windows.
As of now, you should proceed HAHAHA Ransomware removal and data recovery procedures presented below: