Don’t get tricked by the funny name of this ransomware program as it will certainly give you a major headache after breaching defense of your system. This ransomware is another modified version of infamous NMoreira ransomware. Once it gets access to your computer, it initiates the encryption process based on complex algorithms (RSA-2048 plus AES-256). According to the information on related resources, the first one is used for encrypting your files while the second one is needed for encrypting a private key that will restore the data. Just like other cyber threats of this kind HakunaMatata targets most valuable personal files it finds on the infected PC. There is not free decryption program yet so your personal might be in danger. After the encryption is complete, they will receive the “.HakunaMatata” extension in addition to the normal one. For example, a video file named Weekend.mov will be transformed into Weekend.mov.HakunaMatata. The ransomware informs the user about encryption by creating an HTML file on the desktop (“Recovers files yako.html”).
From now on you can choose either start communicating with hackers or remove the malware by yourself. The first option is not advisable as there are no guarantees that cyber criminals will send you a decryption program, key, or password to recover infected files after you pay them. In this case, you will lose your money, plus you will become a sponsor for further development of malicious software like this one. We strongly suggest against paying a ransom for the Hakunamatata Ransomware decryptor. In order to get rid of this malware check our guide below.
But before we get to deleting the program we should clarify one moment – how exactly HakunaMatata gets into your system. Nothing new here as the main source of infection is spam emails. There is always a suspicious attachment in each one of them that contains a seemingly harmless file. Shortly after opening it the encryption process begins. HakunaMatata ransomware does not corrupt system files because hackers need victim’s OS operating perfectly to follow the instructions and receive money. Furthermore, system files can be easily replaced meaning that asking a ransom for them is useless. Only the most valuable files on your PC are targeted for encryption by this ransomware. To avoid losing such files we recommend them backed up somewhere safe. This way you can delete Hakunamatata Ransomware along with the infected files and copy backups.
There are two ways to get rid of the Hakunamatata Ransomware. You can do it manually if you know where the original malicious file is hidden. But it might take time. Plus, if you don’t know where to look you can accidentally delete wrong files. To avoid this, we recommend using an anti-malware program such as Plumbytes Anti-Malware or SpyHunter. If your computer is infected with Hakunamatata Ransomware, it will be eliminated along with other threats found. Having an additional protection against cyber-attacks is highly recommended because other threats might come your way after previous are eliminated.
Symptoms of HakunaMatata ransomware infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for HakunaMatata ransomware threat removal and it is easy to use.
After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the HAKUNAMATATA RANSOMWARE and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.