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Remove Hakuna Matata Ransomware and Restore .HakunaMatata Files

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

Name Hakuna Matata
Type Ransomware
Short Description The ransomware encrypts files on your computer allegedly with RSA-2048 and AES-256 bit encryption.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the .HakunaMatata extension on each of them when the encryption process is set and done.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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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 https://bitmessage.org/
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 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
https://bitmsg.me/users/sign_up
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
https://bitmsg.me/users/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.

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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 Hakuna Matata from Windows.


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

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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 Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata 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'.

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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 Hakuna Matata.

Ransomware infections and Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata:

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 Hakuna Matata. 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 Hakuna Matata. 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 Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata. 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 Hakuna Matata.

Ransomware infections and Hakuna Matata 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.


Hakuna Matata FAQ

What is Hakuna Matata ransomware and how does it work?

Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata 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 .Hakuna Matata files?

You can't. At this point the .Hakuna Matata 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 .Hakuna Matata files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Hakuna Matata 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 ".Hakuna Matata" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata 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 Hakuna Matata ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Hakuna Matata files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Hakuna Matata 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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