Rust will not launch

I was playing Rust the other day when Malwarebytes came up with a warning that a virus was coming from the server that I was playing on at the same time that the server crashed. It turned all that all of their (they have multiple US and EU servers) went down. We were never given a reason why their servers went down. Ever since then, when I go to start Rust, the loading bar will maybe reach 1/4 of the way across and then the game just crashes. I can start the game from the ap itself but as you know if the game isn’t launched from Steam, EAC doesn’t load and I cannot play on most servers. I have done the following in trying to get the game to load:

Deleted the game (several times including direct deletion of the game folder)
Game Validation
Deleted EAC folder and game verification reinstalled.
Uninstalling Steam
Download the latest video driver
Increased my virtual memory
Uninstalled Malwarebytes and reinstalled. Deleted folder.
I am not using VPN
I have about 6700 hours in Rust. Not new player.

Please help. Thank you.

in the Windows event log, it is showing the following error msg.

Faulting application name: rust.exe, version: 1.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x5ee0aef6
Faulting module name: unknown, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0ee4b6fa
Faulting process id: 0x4dd0
Faulting application start time: 0x01d7fb223addcb13
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rust\rust.exe
Faulting module path: unknown
Report Id: 554f02b1-c62a-4d35-bf77-aeaa74af3ec9
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID: