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Rush ransomware virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Review of Rush ransomware virus

Do not expect that there would be a day without ransomware. Get acquainted with another sample of this category – Rush ransomware virus. It has alternative title – Sanction ransomware. Likewise, you should stay alerted. Like other viruses of the same kind, this virtual threat uses an elaborate set of codes to encrypt personal data. Unfortunately, decrypting the information without decryption key becomes a real challenge. While IT researchers are creating the key, make sure to remove Rush virus. Reimage is the program which speeds up and completes the operating system.

There have been ransomware-type viruses which turned out to be unsuccessful copies of infamous Locky or Cerber. However, Rush/Sanction ransomware should not be underestimated. Since the files are encrypted with AES-256 asymmetric key, it makes the virus a serious threat. What is more, it also appends a .remind extension to all corrupted files. Specifically, the virus does not modify the format of the file itself but adds its extension. In relation to this, brush away the thought of paying the money. There have been reports that some victims who remitted the payment did not receive any decryptor. Thus, paying 2 BTC or more than 1300 USD is purely a waste of money. Do not rely on the hackers’ conscience, but instead, focus on Rush removal.

The example of Rush ransomware

Questions about Rush ransomware virus

After the virus manages to slip past the security program, it leaves its executables and activates itself. For a while, you might not even suspect what menace has befallen you. After the virus finishes its misdeed, it opens help_your_files. txt, help_your_files.html, and help_your_files.bmp. In the ransom note, you are required to pay the money and then contact the hackers via provided unransom@me.com. Alternatively, some ransom notifications inform that the virus belongs to CryptoWall project. Thus, at this point, we can only speculate whether the virus has any relations to the actual threat or it merely attempts to impersonate it. As we have already mentioned, do not consider making the transaction.

The transmission ways of the ransomware

Speaking of the distribution techniques, the virus does not differ much from other file-encrypting viruses. It successfully exploits old software, fake malware removal tools, P2P file-sharing domains, and spam emails to infect as many computers as possible. Unfortunately, the latter technique still remains the most profitable one. Since Rush malware is till veiled in secrecy, some IT researchers speculated that it might shift to exploit kits, or trojans as well. In any case, in order to decrease the number of spam emails and ward off trojans attempting to attack your computer, you need to improve the general security. Install an anti-spyware application. It is compatible with any anti-virus programs. Thus, this duo will decrease the probability of malware in your OS.

How can I effectively remove Rush?

You should not meddle with the virus manually unless you specialize in IT field. We recommend you opting for the automatic elimination. The malware removal utility, Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes, will terminate the ransomware completely. Nonetheless, it does not decode the files. For data recovery, you might use specific applications. Keep in mind that they might not succeed in decrypting all the files. The best way to retrieve the information is from a back-up. When your computer is cleaned, make sure to regularly perform back-ups. In addition, store highly valuable data in several portable devices and locations. If you cannot perform Rush removal because one of the security applications is shut down, use the recovery instructions below.

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To remove Rush virus, follow these steps:

Remove Rush using Safe Mode with Networking

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Rush

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Rush removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Rush using System Restore

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of Rush. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with Reimage and make sure that Rush removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Rush and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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