Infected with ShutUpAndDance Ransomware? Need to decrypt your files?
What is ShutUpAndDance Ransomware
ShutUpAndDance is a cryptographer developed by Mexican scammers and aimed at English-speaking users, whose peak activity occurred in August this year. By and large, cryptovirus differs little from similar threats, for example, it encrypts most user files using the AES algorithm. Also, ShutUpAndDance changes the file extension to .ShutUpAndDance. After that, the infected files become unusable. After encryption, the cryptovirus creates a special READ_IT.txt file:
text in this note:
WE SAW WHAT YOU DID.
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
SEND US AN EMAIL FOR INSTRUCTIONS
The note does not contain information on the cost of the repurchase, however, judging from the feedback of users, the amount can reach several hundred dollars. Attackers indicated a contact email and encouraged users to contact them for further instructions. This is a trap. Scammers will not return user files to their original state, their only goal is to get your money. Read our guide to remove ShutUpAndDance and decrypt your files.
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How ShutUpAndDance infected your PC
The most vulnerable place of user computers is unprotected network settings because users either do not use antivirus software or use free versions. Also, ShutUpAndDance can penetrate as an attachment in spam mailings or as a false update of programs and utilities. However, you need to get rid of ShutUpAndDance and restore your files using our recommendations.
First of all, don’t panic. Follow these easy steps below.
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode with networking. To do that, restart your computer before your system starts hit F8 several times. This will stop system from loading and will show Advanced boot options screen. Choose Safe mode with networking option from the options list using up and down arrows on your keyboard and hit Enter.
2. Log in to the system infected with the ShutUpAndDance virus. Launch your Internet browser and download a reliable anti-malware program and start a full system scan. Once the scan is complete, review scan results and remove all entries detected.
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Restore your files using shadow copies
- Download and run Stellar Data Recovery.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next.
- Select the drive and folder where your files are located and date that you want to restore them from and press Scan.
- Once the scanning process is done, click Recover to restore your files.
Step 2: Remove following files and folders of ShutUpAndDance:
Related connections or other entries:
How to decrypt files infected by ShutUpAndDance?
You can try to use manual methods to restore and decrypt your files.
Decrypt files manually
Restore the system using System Restore
Although latest versions of ShutUpAndDance remove system restore files, this method may help you to partially restore your files. Give it a try and use standard System Restore to revive your data.
- Initiate the search for ‘system restore‘
- Click on the result
- Choose the date before the infection appearance
- Follow the on-screen instructions
Roll the files back to the previous version
Previous versions can be copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup (if it is active) or copies of files and folders created by System Restore. You can use this feature to restore files and folders that you accidentally modified or deleted, or that were damaged. This feature is available in Windows 7 and later versions.
- Right-click the file and choose Properties
- Open the Previous Version tab
- Select the latest version and click Copy
- Click Restore
Protect your computer from ransomware
Most modern antiviruses can protect your PC from ransomware and crypto-trojans, but thousands of people still get infected. There are several programs that use different approach t protect from ransomware and lockers. One of the best is HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard. You may already know HitmanPro as famous cloud-based anti-malware scanner. Check out ultimate active protection software from SurfRight.
Written by Rami Douafi