Remove Hakuna Matata Ransomware and Restore .HakunaMatata Files (Update March 2017)

Remove Hakuna Matata Ransomware and Restore .HakunaMatata Files

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This article will help you to remove Hakuna Matata ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions down, at the bottom of this article.

Hakuna Matata is a ransomware cryptovirus. Your files will become encrypted and receive the extension .HakunaMatata when the encryption process completes. Then, the Hakuna Matata ransomware displays a ransom note with payment instructions. Continue reading to see what ways you could try to potentially recover some of your data.

Threat Summary

NameHakuna Matata
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer allegedly with RSA-2048 and AES-256 bit encryption.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files and put the .HakunaMatata extension on each of them when the encryption process is set and done.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Data Recovery ToolWindows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.

Unfortunately, Hakuna Matata ransomware hasn’t been decrypted yet, meaning that no official decrypter has been developed yet. Interestingly, some victims have shared that the cybercriminals behind Hakuna Matata ransomware sent them the decryption key for free after they successfully proved they were members of non-governmental organizations. If this is your case, you may try doing the same.

In any other case, you can find alternative file restoration methods at the bottom of the article.

Hakuna Matata Ransomware – Delivery

The Hakuna Matata ransomware can be delivered by using different tactics. The file which drops the payload for the ransomware containing the malicious script can be spread on the Internet. The Hakuna Matata ransomware might be delivering that payload dropper on social media and file-sharing networks. Freeware programs could be promoted as useful but also be hiding the downloader of the payload. Refrain from opening files when you have downloaded them, especially if they come from unverified sources. Instead, you should scan files with a security tool and check for anything unusual. Read the ransomware prevent tips topic in our forum.

Hakuna Matata Ransomware – Details

Hakuna Matata ransomware is also a cryptovirus. The ransomware will encrypt files on your computer machine while appending one and the same extension to all of them after the encryption process is finished.

Hakuna Matata ransomware might make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence. Those registry entries are usually designed in a way that will launch the virus automatically with every start of the Windows operating system.

A ransom message will appear after the encryption process finishes. The ransom note states all demands of the cybercriminals, including the price, and every other one. The note is contained in a file called Recovers files yako.html. Interestingly enough, yako in Swahili means “yours”, which suggests that the virus might originate from the African Great Lakes. You can check out the ransom note in the snapshot provided below:

The ransom note reads the following:

Encrypted files!
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
After installation you should send a message to the address
Bitmsg: BM-2cWcp***

If you prefer you can send your Bitmenssages from a web browser
Through the webpage this is certainly the most practical method!
Below is a tutorial on how to send bitmessage via web browser:

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 criminals that stand behind the cyber threat that is the Hakuna Matata ransomware virus want 0.5 BitCoin for decryption. You should NOT under any circumstances pay those crooks. Nobody could give you a guarantee if your files will get recovered in actuality. Moreover, you should not ever give money to criminals, as this will most likely just support them financially and give them enough motivation to create more ransomware viruses or get involved in other criminal acts.

A list with file extensions that the Hakuna Matata ransomware searches to encrypt is not available yet. If any information regarding that matter comes out, this article will be updated.

Every file that gets encrypted will receive the same extension appended to each of them, which is .HakunaMatata. The encryption algorithm is a mixture of the 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES algorithms or at least, that is what is stated in the ransom note.

The Hakuna Matata cryptovirus is very likely to erase the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by utilizing the following command in the Command Prompt:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

Read on through and find out what kind of ways you can try out to potentially restore some of your files.

Remove Hakuna Matata Ransomware and Restore .HakunaMatata Files

If your computer got infected with the Hakuna Matata ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.


Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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