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The ShutUpAndDance Virus is a basic ransomware strain of the Hidden Tear family. The security analysis shows that this is the initial release of the threat, future updates are expected in coordinated attacks. Our article provides an overview of the virus operations and it also may be helpful in attempting to remove the virus.

Threat Summary

Name ShutUpAndDance Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description The ransomware encrypts sensitive information on your computer system with the .ShutUpAndDance extensions and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
Symptoms The ransomware will encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments
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ShutUpAndDance Virus – Distribution Ways

As soon as the ShutUpAndDance virus infection begins the main module will start to run its prescribed behavior pattern. The security investigation reveals that it is based on the Hidden Tear ransowmare family. As such its behavior can be fine tuned according to each target campaign.

The ShutUpAndDance virus has been captured in a limited attack campaign targeting mainly English-speaking computer users. We anticipate that in future attacks the hackers behind it will utilize a whole array of infection tactics.

A common way to spread this threat is to send out phishing email messages. They are designed to intentionally confuse the users into thinking that they have received a message from a well-known company or a service that they use. They can either attach the virus files or link them in the body of the emails.

A similar technique is the use of malicious download sites that attempt to mimic legitimate download portals. Along with the email messages they are among the most popular ways of spreading infected payloads of which there are two main types:

  • Malicious Setup Files — The criminals can include the ShutUpAndDance virus in installers of popular software. This is done by taking the original files from the official vendor sites and bundling the malicious code into them. The hackers typically choose popular user choices — system utilities, productivity applications or creativity suites.
  • Documents — A similar technique can be used with document files: text files, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. Once they are opened by the users a notification prompt appears which will ask them to enable the built-in scripts. If this is done the virus infection will begin.

A browser hijacker infection can be another method for deploying the threat. It relies on the creation of malicious plugins made for the most popular browsers which are then usually uploaded to the relevant repositories. The hackers can use fake developer credentials and user reviews along with a detailed description to coerce the users int installing the browser hijackers. They are called that way as they modify the default settings (home page, new tabs page and search engine) to redirect the users to a hacker-controlled page. Once this is complete the associated behavior pattern will be run which includes the virus deployment.

ShutUpAndDance Virus – In-Depth Analysis

The ShutUpAndDance virus is a new strain belonging to the Hidden Tear ransomware family. As this is one of the most popular choices for creating custom threats we presume that the hacker or criminal collective behind it are not very experienced. Hidden Tear is well-known for having a modular framework allowing all kinds of modifications.

At the moment the captured samples contain only the ransomware engine which is the simplest form of a Hidden Tear threat. Following previous strains of the same family we presume that a classic infection behavior will be implemented.

Such attacks can begin with a data harvesting module. It is programmed to look for specific strings that can be extracted from the infected system. This component can reveal the victim’s identity by looking out for strings such as their name, address, phone number, location, interests and etc. The same technique can also be used to hijack infection campaign metrics which are useful to the hackers: hardware components, user settings and certain values set by the operating system. The collected information can be used to scan the local system for any applications or services that can interfere with the proper virus execution. The component looks for signatures belonging to anti-virus programs, sandbox environments or virtual machine hosts.

Hidden Tear threats are capable of causing a wide range of system modifications. A common scenario is to program modifications to the Windows Registry — existing entries can be changed and new ones can be created. When this affects the operating system values the users can experience overall performance issues. Targeting individual services or user-installed applications can lead to the inability to use certain functions.

The ShutUpAndDance virus can be installed as a persistent threat by modifying the boot options. As a result the malicious engine will be started every the computer is powered on and access to the recovery menu will be disabled.

Advanced virus infections can also lead to the installation of a Trojan module. The classic case involves the setup of an encrypted connection to a hacker-controlled server. It is used by the criminals to spy on the victim users, take over control of their machines at any given time or deploying additional threats.

ShutUpAndDance Virus — Encryption

Like other Hidden Tear based viruses it’s main goal is to encrypt target user data based on a built-in list of file type extensions. Most common ransomware tend to target popular data such as the following:

  • Archives
  • Backups
  • Documents
  • Images
  • Music
  • Videos

All encrypted user data is renamed with the .ShutUpAndDance extension. The accompanying ransomware note is called READ_IT.txt and reads the following message:

WE SAW WHAT YOU DID.
YOUR FILES ARE ENCRYPTED!
SEND US AN EMAIL FOR INSTRUCTIONS
fsocietyhelp@yandex.com

Remove ShutUpAndDance Ransomware Virus and Restore .ShutUpAndDance Files

If your computer got infected with the ShutUpAndDance ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove ShutUpAndDance Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ShutUpAndDance Virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall ShutUpAndDance Virus and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ShutUpAndDance Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ShutUpAndDance Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Step 4: Scan for ShutUpAndDance Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by ShutUpAndDance Virus.

Ransomware infections and ShutUpAndDance Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of ShutUpAndDance Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ShutUpAndDance Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ShutUpAndDance Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ShutUpAndDance Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ShutUpAndDance Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove ShutUpAndDance Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ShutUpAndDance Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by ShutUpAndDance Virus.

Ransomware infections and ShutUpAndDance Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


ShutUpAndDance Virus FAQ

What is ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware and how does it work?

ShutUpAndDance Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.ShutUpAndDance Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of ShutUpAndDance Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .ShutUpAndDance Virus files?

You can't. At this point the .ShutUpAndDance Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .ShutUpAndDance Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".ShutUpAndDance Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .ShutUpAndDance Virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .ShutUpAndDance Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like ShutUpAndDance Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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