BRUH ransomware (virus) - Recovery Instructions Included

BRUH virus Removal Guide

What is BRUH ransomware?

BRUH ransomware is a dangerous virus that encrypts users' personal files

BRUH ransomwareRansomware infections can result in permanent data loss without backups

BRUH ransomware is a file-locking virus that encrypts users' personal files such as photos, videos, documents, databases, and so on. When it infiltrates the system, it appends four random characters to the affected files. So, if a file was previously named picture.jpg, it would look like this after encryption[1] – picture.jpg.26d1. The icons are replaced with white pages, making thumbnails unavailable, and the desktop wallpaper is replaced. A ransom note called “read it.txt” is then generated on the machine.

TYPE Ransomware, cryptovirus, data locking malware
MALWARE FAMILY Chaos ransomware
DISTRIBUTION Email attachments, peer-to-peer file-sharing platforms, malicious ads
FILE EXTENSION Four random characters
RANSOM NOTE read_it.txt
RANSOM AMOUNT $150 in cryptocurrency
FILE RECOVERY It is almost impossible to recover the files if you do not have backups. We provide a third-party recovery option in our guide.
MALWARE REMOVAL Scan your machine with anti-malware software to eliminate malicious files. This will not recover them.
SYSTEM FIX Windows reinstallation can be avoided with FortectIntego maintenance tool, which can fix the damaged OS

The ransom note

BRUH ransomware generates a ransom note on the infected machine, which reads as follows:

-‐–‐ ◇ ATTENTION BRUH ◇ —–






TELEGRAM LINK :- hxxps://



The victim is instructed to pay $150 in Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin in order to obtain the decryption key required to unlock their files. The attackers send the victim a link to their Telegram account where the victim can pay and receive the decryption key. Victims, on the other hand, should not pay the ransom because doing so only encourages and finances criminal activity. Even if the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that the cybercriminals will provide the decryption key.

Paying the ransom may not even result in the decryption of the victim's files in some cases. Furthermore, paying the ransom compromises the victim's personal and financial information because the attackers can use the payment to identify the victim and target them again in the future.

Instead, victims of ransomware should immediately notify authorities and seek professional assistance from security experts to recover their files. It is always better to back up important files on a regular basis and take proactive measures to secure systems to avoid attacks like these in the first place.

BRUH ransom noteA ransom note pressures victims into paying money for a decryption tool

Distribution methods

Cybercriminals use a variety of techniques to spread their malicious software. Most ransomware infections are caused by installing “cracked” software[2] from Torrent websites or peer-to-peer file-sharing platforms. Because these pages are unregulated, they provide an ideal breeding ground for all types of malware.

Email is another common channel used by threat actors. They employ social engineering[3] techniques to craft convincing letters that appear to be urgent messages from well-known corporations. Malicious links or infected attachments are among them. Never open email attachments from unknown senders.

Most people are unaware of how critical it is to keep the operating system and software up to date. Hackers can use software flaws to distribute malicious programs. Security patches are released on a regular basis by software developers. They should be installed in order to reduce security risks.

Ransomware removal

The first thing you should do is unplug the affected device from the Internet. This is especially important if the infected computer is a work or company computer. It may spread and infect other devices if you do not disconnect it from the local network. Instructions for this step can be found at the bottom of this post.

If you try to recover your data first, it can result in permanent loss. It can also encrypt your files the second time. It will not stop until you remove the malicious files causing it first. You should not attempt to remove the malicious program yourself. Use anti-malware tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to scan your system.

This security software should find all the related files and entries and remove them automatically for you. Automatic removal is the best option because there is less risk of leaving some of the traces behind. Malware could prevent you from using antivirus software by turning it off. In that case, you should proceed with accessing Safe Mode first:

Windows 7 / Vista / XP

  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.Windows XP/7

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.Update & Security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.Recovery
  6. Select Troubleshoot.Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options.Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings.Startup settings
  9. Click Restart.
  10. Press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking.Press F5 to enable Safe Mode with Networking

File recovery using third-party software

Only hackers have the decryption key that can unlock your files, so if you did not back them up beforehand, you may have lost them forever. You can try using data recovery software, but it is not always possible for third-party programs to decrypt the files. We recommend that you at least try this method. Before proceeding, you must copy the corrupted files to a USB flash drive or another storage device. Remember, you should only do this if you have already removed BRUH ransomware.

  1. Download Data Recovery Pro.
  2. Double-click the installer to launch it.
    BRUH ransomware
  3. Follow on-screen instructions to install the software.Install program
  4. As soon as you press Finish, you can use the app.
  5. Select Everything or pick individual folders where you want the files to be recovered from.Select what to recover
  6. Press Next.
  7. At the bottom, enable Deep scan and pick which Disks you want to be scanned.Select Deep scan
  8. Press Scan and wait till it is complete.Scan
  9. You can now pick which folders/files to recover – don't forget you also have the option to search by the file name!
  10. Press Recover to retrieve your files.Recover files

The operating system is left damaged after an attack

After a malware infection, performance, stability, and usability issues are to be expected, to the point where a full Windows reinstall is required. These infections can change the Windows registry database, harm vital bootup and other sections, delete or corrupt DLL files, and so on. When malware corrupts a system file, antivirus software cannot repair it.

This is why FortectIntego was developed. It can fix a lot of the damage caused by an infection like this. Blue Screen errors, freezes, registry errors, damaged DLLs, etc., can make your computer completely unusable. By using this maintenance tool, you could avoid Windows reinstallation.

  • Download the application by clicking on the link above
  • Click on the ReimageRepair.exe
    Reimage download
  • If User Account Control (UAC) shows up, select Yes
  • Press Install and wait till the program finishes the installation processReimage installation
  • The analysis of your machine will begin immediatelyReimage scan
  • Once complete, check the results – they will be listed in the Summary
  • You can now click on each of the issues and fix them manually
  • If you see many problems that you find difficult to fix, we recommend you purchase the license and fix them automatically.Reimage results

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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of BRUH virus. Follow these steps

Isolate the infected computer

Some ransomware strains aim to infect not only one computer but hijack the entire network. As soon as one of the machines is infected, malware can spread via network and encrypt files everywhere else, including Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. If your computer is connected to a network, it is important to isolate it to prevent re-infection after ransomware removal is complete.

The easiest way to disconnect a PC from everything is simply to plug out the ethernet cable. However, in the corporate environment, this might be extremely difficult to do (also would take a long time). The method below will disconnect from all the networks, including local and the internet, isolating each of the machines involved.

  • Type in Control Panel in Windows search and press Enter
  • Go to Network and Internet Network and internet
  • Click Network and Sharing Center Network and internet 2
  • On the left, pick Change adapter settings Network and internet 3
  • Right-click on your connection (for example, Ethernet), and select Disable Network and internet 4
  • Confirm with Yes.

If you are using some type of cloud storage you are connected to, you should disconnect from it immediately. It is also advisable to disconnect all the external devices, such as USB flash sticks, external HDDs, etc. Once the malware elimination process is finished, you can connect your computers to the network and internet, as explained above, but by pressing Enable instead.

Report the incident to your local authorities

Ransomware is a huge business that is highly illegal, and authorities are very involved in catching malware operators. To have increased chances of identifying the culprits, the agencies need information. Therefore, by reporting the crime, you could help with stopping the cybercriminal activities and catching the threat actors. Make sure you include all the possible details, including how did you notice the attack, when it happened, etc. Additionally, providing documents such as ransom notes, examples of encrypted files, or malware executables would also be beneficial.

Law enforcement agencies typically deal with online fraud and cybercrime, although it depends on where you live. Here is the list of local authority groups that handle incidents like ransomware attacks, sorted by country:

Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3

If your country is not listed above, you should contact the local police department or communications center.

How to prevent from getting ransomware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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