Hakuna Matata Virus Ransomware Removal (+File Recovery)

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This page aims to help you remove Hakuna Matata Virus Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how many Hakuna Matata Virus files can be recovered.

This article targets a version of the most well-spread and malicious programs ever created – the ones that belong to the Ransomware family. This specific program’s name is Hakuna Matata Virus. The general information about it comprises the following facts: this program represents a member of the data-encrypting Ransomware; it is extremely dangerous and difficult to remove. What’s more, not only will this malware lock up your files, but it will also demand a ransom payment for decrypting them. We have managed to assemble all the details about this kind of viruses you should be aware of below. Hopefully, we will help you successfully fight this terrible infection and its consequences.

Hakuna Matata Virus – an exemplary fine-encoding Ransomware

As we have already stated before, Hakuna Matata Virus represents a typical file-encoding program, which is perfectly capable of locking up your most commonly opened/ modified data; and then requiring an amount of money to be sent to the hackers for this data’s successful decryption. However, let’s start from the beginning… How does an infection process take place when we talk about Hakuna Matata Virus? How is the encryption process conducted?

First of all, we have to point out that the file-encryption category of the Ransomware group represents the worst malware that has ever been developed. We can hardly think about anything in computing that is more hazardous than this sort of malicious software. What makes them so awful is the fact that, whatever source you have caught them from, they will most certainly infect your PC as soon as possible, usually completely automatically and very stealthily. Immediately after that, these viruses will conduct a detailed study of your disks and drives with the purpose to determine which files exactly you use most. After this research is completed, a list with all that data will be created. The next step of this Ransomware’s evil plan is to encode all of the predetermined files with a very complex key. The rest is history, as people say, you are most likely to discover all that after you receive the ransom-demanding notification at the end of the encryption process. Such notifications could be particularly scary because they may contain some extra threats and payment deadlines.

Are there other Ransomware categories?

Of course, as any other type of malware, Ransomware also comprises some more subgroups. Not all of its versions are used for encryption of files. Some of them are used for:

  • Blocking mobile devices’ screens:
    Some Ransomware viruses could block the screens of tablets, smartphones and phablets by putting a large ransom-requiring message on it. In fact, you will be required to pay ransom in order to remove this message. The notification is actually the thing that will prevent you from accessing your device features. This type of Ransomware is, if we can say so, less malicious than the file-locking version, because no data is affected. Still, it could be very disturbing.
  • Preventing you from accessing your PC’s desktop:
    No matter whether you use a desktop computer or a laptop, certain versions of Ransomware may be programmed to make it inaccessible to you by setting a huge notification on it. Actually, the way the viruses from this family function is exactly the same as the way the aforementioned mobile-oriented Ransomware type does. This time the victims will be the desktops of your computers. In spite of the fact that no data gets hijacked, again you will not be able to access it thanks to the blocking message.

What are your options in case of an infection, caused by Hakuna Matata Virus

We are very sorry to point out the obvious, but you are dealing with the most dangerous virus that has ever existed. As a result, you should not expect to bring back your files or to remove the contamination. In fact, you can just try different methods and hope for the best. Just remember one thing – never pay the ransom immediately after you are asked to do so. This will not guarantee you the safe future of your files or you system. Try the Removal Guide below instead. Do not waste your money on lost causes. Be realistic.

The only successful tool against Ransomware is prevention

Believe it or not, while you can do almost nothing once the contamination has taken place, you can greatly reduce the risks of catching such a virus if you are careful and follow the advice here:

  • Avoid all possible sources of Ransomware, which include suspicious emails, malicious pop-up ads, various illegal web pages, torrents and shareware. The further you are from them, the better!
  • Install the best possible anti-malware tool – it could help you prevent your PC from catching numerous viruses.
  • Simply take care of your system: update it regularly and buy the best anti-virus tools for it.

SUMMARY:

Name Hakuna Matata
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Hakuna Matata Virus Ransomware Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Hakuna Matata Virus successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

Step3

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

Step4

WARNING!
You can possibly recover parasite files by downloading Data Recovery Pro. At minimum, its free scanner can tell you if you can get them back.
Download Data Recovery Pro from here.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

Step5 

How to Decrypt Hakuna Matata Virus files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!