Documents, photos, audio files, and many other kinds of files are in danger if ShutUpAndDance Ransomware invades the Windows operating system. This malicious threat was created for one reason and one reason only, which is to encrypt files. Encryption is a process during which file data is encoded and becomes unreadable unless a decryption key is applied. Encryption was not created to corrupt data but to make it more secure. Unfortunately, cyber attackers have found a way to exploit it for their own benefit. In some cases, free decryptors are offered by malware researchers, but, at the time of research, one that could aid the victims of this ransomware did not exist. Of course, you want to check that before you delete ShutUpAndDance Ransomware, but do not forget that you must not postpone the removal of this malware for much longer. Before you continue reading to learn about the elimination methods you can employ, we have to inform you that your files will not be restored if you get rid of the infection.
It is unlikely that the creator of ShutUpAndDance Ransomware is highly experienced of knowledgeable. That is our assumption because they created the infection using Hidden Tear, an open source code that has been used for the development of many failed file-encryptors. Some if the other threats that belong to the group are PooleZoor Ransomware, Proticc Ransomware, AndreaGalli Ransomware, and Boris Ransomware. In most cases, these are believed to spread via spam emails, and victims are tricked into executing them as they open seemingly harmless file attachments. This is why we suggest deleting spam emails, not opening them. That being said, other methods of malware distribution could be employed too. More vigilant users might remove ShutUpAndDance Ransomware before it does anything, but most will realize that this malware exists only after files are encrypted and the ransom note is created on the Desktop. It is notable that when files are encrypted, the “.ShutUpAndDance” extension is added to all of their names. It is also notable that the infection only encrypts files in the %USERPROFILE% directory.
ShutUpAndDance Ransomware encrypts .doc, .pdf, .zip, .jpg, .html, .mp3, .mp4, .wav, .avi, .divx, and various others kinds of files, and if it manages to hit highly valuable files, or those that do not have backup copies, victims might panic. Panic does not help in any situation, but especially when victims are introduced to pushy cyber attackers and their demands. They make them known via READ_IT.txt, a file created on the Desktop, which we suggest removing as well. The message simply informs that files were encrypted, and that those who want to get instructions – presumably, on how to decrypt files – must email firstname.lastname@example.org. So, what happens when you email cyber criminals? If communication is established, they can provide you with information on how to pay a ransom, but that is not something you should do, unless you do not care about wasting money at all. They can also send you malicious links and files to further infect your system. Of course, you have to decide yourself if contacting the creator of ShutUpAndDance Ransomware is a good idea.
Malware is the bane of virtual human existence in the 21st century, but there are things everyone can do to ensure that malicious threats do not stand a chance of getting in. No one wants to install malware, but it can use disguises and trick more gullible or careless users, which is why caution is very important. If you want to be more cautious, you ought to install anti-malware software. It will ensure that malicious infections cannot get in. Of course, the software you choose must be reliable, and you must update it frequently. Anti-malware software can also automatically delete threats that already exist. Needless to say, we suggest installing it to have ShutUpAndDance Ransomware removed as well. Of course, you might be able to eliminate the malicious ransomware manually, but if that is your choice, you have to ask yourself if you can protect yourself against ransomware and other kinds of malware in the future.