.HakunaMatata file virus, also known as HakunaMatata ransomware, is a ransomware infection that encrypts the victim’s files and appends the .HakunaMatata extension once the encryption is finalized. The cryptovirus will then display a ransom note containing instructions on the payment process. As usual, the ransom is demanded in Bitcoin, and this time it is reported to be 0.5 Bitcoin.
|Name||.HakunaMatata File Virus|
|Type||Ransomware, File Virus|
|Short Description||The file virus encrypts files on a victim’s computer likely using RSA-2048 and AES-256 bit encryption.|
|Symptoms||The file virus will encrypt the targeted files and append the .HakunaMatata extension on each of them once the encryption process is finished.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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.HakunaMatata File Virus Distribution
The file virus can infect a victim’s computer relying on various methods. The payload file which has the malicious script is highly likely spread online. The payload dropper may be scattered on social media websites and file-sharing networks. It could also be “bundled” within freeware packages. For the security of your own files, it’s highly recommended that you don’t open unknown files, including email attachments.
.HakunaMatata File Virus Technical Description
Keep in mind that the .HakunaMatata file virus could alter the Windows Registry so that it becomes persistent. New registry entries may be added that will launch the file virus automatically upon every reboot of the system.
Once the encryption process has finished, the ransomware virus will display a ransom note on the desktop stating its demands such as amount of ransom and means of payment. Security research shows that the ransom note is located in a file dubbed Recover files yako.html. The “yako” word means “yours” in Swahili.
This is the text from the ransom note:
All your files are encrypted.Using AES256-bit encryption and RSA-2048-bit encryption.
Making it impossible to recover files without the correct private key.
If you are interested in getting is the key and recover your files
You should proceed with the following steps.
To get in touch you should use the Bitmessage system,
You can download the Bitmessage software at https://bitmessage.org/
After installation you should send a message to the address
If you prefer you can send your Bitmenssages from a web browser
Through the webpage https://bitmsg.me this is certainly the most practical method!
Below is a tutorial on how to send bitmessage via web browser: https://bitmsg.me/
1 B° Open in your browser the link
Make the registration by entering name email and password.
2 B° You must confirm the registration, return to your email and follow the instructions that were sent.
3 B° Return to site sign in
4 B° Click the Create Random address button.
5 B° Click the New massage button
6 B° Sending message
To: Enter address: BM-2cWcp***
Subject: Enter your key: afe299***
Menssage: Describe what you think necessary
Click the Send message button.
Your message will be received and answered as soon as possible!.
Send message to: BM-2cWcp***
Your Key: afe299***
The ransom demanded by the operators of .HakunaMatata file virus is 0.5 Bitcoin. Supposedly, cybercriminals would send the decryption key for the encrypted files so that the victim can restore them. Unfortunately, more often than not, cybercriminals accepts the payments and never send the decryption key. That is why security researchers never recommend paying the ransom. Instead, alternative recovery methods can be attempted.
Regarding the file extensions the file virus targets, no information is available yet. What is known is that targeted files are encrypted with the .HakunaMatata extension. According to the ransom note, the encryption algorithm applied by the virus is a combination of 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES.
Lastly, recent ransomware infections tend to delete the Shadow Volume Copies by using the this command in the Command Prompt:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
.HakunaMatata File Virus Removal and File Restoration
If you are an experienced user, you may try and remove the file virus by following the manual instructions given below. In any other case, using an anti-malware program is preferable.
- Guide 1: How to Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of .HakunaMatata File Virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase .HakunaMatata File Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall .HakunaMatata File Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate .HakunaMatata File Virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable .HakunaMatata File Virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .HakunaMatata File Virus
Step 2: Uninstall .HakunaMatata File Virus 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .HakunaMatata File Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .HakunaMatata File Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of .HakunaMatata File Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall .HakunaMatata File Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 .HakunaMatata File Virus 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove .HakunaMatata File Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as .HakunaMatata File Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus 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.
Erase .HakunaMatata File Virus 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.
Uninstall .HakunaMatata File Virus 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.
Remove .HakunaMatata File Virus 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the .HakunaMatata File Virus will be removed.
Eliminate .HakunaMatata File Virus 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by .HakunaMatata File Virus from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".