HakunaMatata Ransomware

Also Known As: HakunaMatata virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

HakunaMatata ransomware removal instructions

What is HakunaMatata?

HakunaMatata is a variant of NMoreira ransomware. Following successful infiltration, HakunaMatata encrypts files using the RSA-2048 and AES-256 encryption algorithms. During encryption, this malware appends the ".HakunaMatata" extension to the name of each encrypted file. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.HakunaMatata". Once files are encrypted, HakunaMatata creates an HTML file ("Recovers files yako.html"), placing it on the desktop.

The HTML file contains a ransom-demand message that informs victims of the encryption and encourages them to contact HakunaMatata's developers via the Bitmessage system. Be aware that public (encryption) and private (decryption) keys are generated during encryption. It is impossible to restore files without the private key. Therefore, cyber criminals (HakunaMatata's developers) store it on a remote server and attempt to blackmail victims to pay a ransom. The ransom cost is currently unconfirmed, however, research reveals that developers of ransomware-type viruses usually demand between $500 and 1500 in Bitcoins. In any case, you should never pay any ransom or attempt to contact these people. Cyber criminals often ignore victims, despite submitted payments - there is a high probability that you will be scammed, and paying will not deliver any positive result. Furthermore, by paying you will support their malicious businesses. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of restoring files encrypted by HakunaMatatransomware. Therefore, you can only restore files/system from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

HakunaMatata decrypt instructions

HakunaMatata shares many similarities with hundreds of other ransomware-type viruses such as BadEncript, LambdaLocker, Spora, and FireCrypt. Research shows that most ransomware viruses have identical behavior - they encrypt files and demand ransom payments. There are just two major differences between these viruses: 1) type of cryptography [symmetric/asymmetric] used, and; 2) cost of decryption. Even the distribution methods are identical. Ransomware-type viruses are often distributed via fake software updaters, trojans, spam emails (infectious attachments), peer-to-peer networks (torrents, etc.), and third party software download sources (free file hosting and freeware download websites, etc.). Therefore, use a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite and keep your installed applications up-to-date. Bear in mind, however, that updating software via third party tools can result in high-risk computer infections. They should never be used. In addition, never open files received from suspicious emails or download software from unofficial/unconfirmed sources. Poor knowledge and careless behavior is often the reason for computer infections. The key to computer safety is caution.

Ransom-demand message presented within HakunaMatata HTML file ("Recovers files yako.html"):

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 hxxps://bitmessage.org/ After installation you should send a message to the address
Bitmsg: BM-2cVJEnomiVXLk5gaNnqwLw14pxVCxtHgZx
If you prefer you can send your Bitmenssages from a web browser
Through the webpage hxxps://bitmsg.me this is certainly the most practical method!
Below is a tutorial on how to send bitmessage via web browser: hxxps://bitmsg.me/
1. Open in your browser the link
hxxps://bitmsg.me/users/sign_up
Make the registration by entering name email and password.
2. You must confirm the registration, return to your email and follow the instructions that were sent.
3. Return to site sign in
hxxps://bitmsg.me/users/sign_in
4. Click the Create Random address button.
5. Click the New massage button
6. Sending message
To: Enter address: BM-2cVJEnomiVXLk5gaNnqwLw14pxVCxtHgZx Subject: Enter your key: xxx
Message: Describe what you think necessary
Click the Send message button.

Screenshots of HakunaMatata ransomware HTML file:

HakunaMatata decrypt instructions (part 1) HakunaMatata decrypt instructions (part 2) HakunaMatata decrypt instructions (part 3)

Screenshot of files encrypted by HakunaMatata ransomware (".HakunaMatata" extension):

HakunaMatata decrypt instructions

HakunaMatata ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the HakunaMatata virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the HakunaMatata ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining HakunaMatata ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of HakunaMatata are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by HakunaMatata, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as HakunaMatata ransomware.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

malwarebytes anti-ransomware

  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove HakunaMatata ransomware:

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