Rebus Ransomware

What is Rebus Ransomware?

Unguarded Windows operating systems can become victims of the malicious Rebus Ransomware. If the system is protected by legitimate and up-to-date anti-malware software, known security vulnerabilities cannot be exploited for the distribution of malware. If such software is not used, any vulnerability (e.g., spam email attachments or unsecure RDP configurations) can be used to place the infection onto your computer silently. Once in, the threat does not wait for you to detect and remove it. Instead, it starts encrypting personal files that exist on your operating system immediately. It does that using a complex algorithm that can be decoded only using a special decryptor. Both the encryptor and decryptor are in the hands of cyber criminals, and it is very likely that decryption is possible. That being said, research team has lots of experience with ransomware, and we regret to inform that cyber criminals rarely – if ever – present victims with legitimate decryptors. Continue reading to learn about that, as well as how to delete Rebus Ransomware.

How does Rebus Ransomware work?

The distribution of Rebus Ransomware is complex. The encryption of files is the same way too. What is not complicated is the demands that the creator of the infection has for its victims. These demands are represented via a file named “REBUS RECOVERY INFORMATION.TXT,” and you might find it placed on the Desktop. Copies of this file might be created in different folders across the system too. The purpose of the message inside the file is to make the victims of Rebus Ransomware contact the creator of the infection (using or emails, or an instant messaging service, Jabber, at and then pay a ransom fee. Do you think it is a good idea to communicate with the developer of malware and then do as told when it comes to paying the ransom? Although it is possible that a real decryptor exists, we cannot say whether or not you would get it in return for a fee. More likely than not, you would be wasting your money, and that is why, in this report, we focus on the removal of the infection rather than the payment of the ransom.

Just like other Scarab Ransomware-related infections (e.g., Scarab-Horsuke Ransomware), the malicious Rebus Ransomware encrypts files permanently. Free file decryptors exist, but, according to our research team, a legitimate tool that would decode the encryptor used by this malware does not exist at this time. So, if you cannot rely on cyber criminals to provide you with a decryptor, and you cannot employ other legitimate tools to free your files, what are you supposed to do? You are in a terrific situation if backups exist. More and more users every day start backing up their files online or using external drives. Some users choose internal backups, but that is not recommended because malware capable of corrupting such backups exist. So, do you have your personal photos, documents, and other important files backed up? If you do, you have one less issue to think about. The main issue, of course, is the removal of Rebus Ransomware because if you do not eliminate this threat, you could be facing more issues.

How to delete Rebus Ransomware

If Rebus Ransomware silently encrypts your files, renames them using Base64 encoding, and adds the “.REBUS” extension, there might be no way out. That is the strength of file-encrypting ransomware. Of course, this infection was built to convince you that you can recover files by paying a ransom in return for a decryption tool. Does this tool exist? We cannot guarantee it. If it does, will it be provided to you if you pay the ransom? That is highly unlikely to happen. All in all, regardless of what happens, you need to remove Rebus Ransomware, and there are several different ways you could go about this. If you can identify the malicious executable, you probably will be able to delete the ransomware manually. If that is not possible for you, anti-malware software can be extremely helpful. You should not hesitate to install it because besides being able to automatically eliminate existing threats, this software can also aid you in protecting the operating system against malware in the future.

Removal Instructions

  1. Find and Delete the malicious .exe file of the ransomware.
  2. Delete other recently downloaded suspicious files.
  3. Delete the ransom note file, REBUS RECOVERY INFORMATION.TXT.
  4. Empty Recycle Bin to complete the removal.
  5. Install a trusted malware scanner and run a full system scan. If leftovers are found, erase them ASAP. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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