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Remove Rapid 2.0 ransomware (Removal Instructions) - Decryption Steps Included

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Ransomware

Rapid 2.0 is a ransomware virus that excludes Russian PC users from its target list

Rapid 2.0 ransomware virus locks personal files

Rapid 2.0 is the second version of Rapid ransomware which has been released two months after the original version. While its style of attack, performance, and most of the other traits coincide with the ancestor, specialists find one significant difference – Rapid 2.0 excludes Russian locale from its target. File extension has also been modified, the current Rapid release appends randomly generated file extension to encrypted files, be it .16152000 or .16152125. Usually, file extension consists of eight random numbers.

Name Rapid 2.0
Type Ransomware
File Extionsion Eight random digits (.e.g. .16152000 or .16152125)
Ransom note DECRYPT.[5-random-characters].txt
Contact info or
Danger level High. Locks files and demands a ransom
Distribution Fake IRS malspam campaigns
Symptoms Most of the personal files inaccessible. Numeric code attached to each locked file. DECRYPT.[5-random-characters].txt file created on the desktop
Elimination Automatic removal required. Rapid 2.0 payload can be immunized with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Install the tool and run a deep system scan with it. 

Rapid 2.0 has been distributed in several ways, including, but not limited to:

  • fake IRS malspam;[1]
  • corrupted remote desktop applications;
  • fake software updates.

It renders a complicated SHA-256[2] cipher to encrypt data on a target PC and make them inaccessible by appending eight-digit file extension. After that, the Rapid 2.0 ransomware generates a DECRYPT.[5-random-characters].txt ransom note, which says:

Dont worry, you can return all your files!

All your files documents, photos, databases and other important are encrypted with strongest encryption and unique key.
The only method of recovering files is to purchase a Rapid Decryptor.
This software will decrypt all your encrypted files and will delete Rapid from your PC.
To get this software you need write on our e-mail:

2. (if first email unavailable)

What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted files from your PC, and we decrypt him for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information

Dont try to use third-party decryptor tools because it will destroy your files.

Once the victim is presented with ransom note, there's no doubt that Rapid 2.0 initiated major system's changes, like modifications of Registry entries, removal of Shadow Volume copies, and application of AES cipher.

Extortionists urge the victim to email them via or email addresses asap to get a personal Rapid 2.0 decryptor. However, they do not explicitly inform the victim about the demanded sum and in what currency it is expected to be transferred, but specialists guess that it may demand Bitcoins.

By the way, the origin of Rapid 2.0 ransomware seems to be Russia or the virus is closely related to this country. Experts found out that the most significant difference of this ransomware virus from the Rapid 1.0 is the exclusion of Russian locale from the targeted list. Once the ransomware payload is executed, it launches a scanner that checks locale settings. If Russian locale settings are found set up by default, the virus retreats without initiation of data encryption.

At the moment of writing, ransomware is at its initial stage. According to experts, massive prevalence is not likely, since it has been released with an unpacked source code, which made it easy for experts to crack. 

Rapid 2.0 virus encrypts data with SHA cipher and render them unreadableRapid 2.0 is a malicious ransomware virus that attacks victims via fake IRS spam emails and locks personal files. It demands for a ransom in exchange of a personal decryptor.

Nevertheless, the free decryptor is not yet available. In case of attack, you have two options to recover after it, i.e., to pay the ransom and expect to get a decryptor from crooks or remove Rapid 2.0 virus with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another powerful anti-malware tool. Keep in mind that the first scenario may fail as hackers can ignore your payment and keep your files blocked.

Additionally,[3] team, along with a group of other cybersecurity experts, highly recommends home users not to initiate manual Rapid 2.0 removal. Due to the multiplicity of infected files and registry entries, it's not possible to delete the virus manually. Instead of malware removal, you may cause more damage and lose data encrypted by Rapid 2.0 ransomware permanently.

Ransomware spreads via fake IRS malspam campaigns

Ransomware viruses can be disseminated via many different media. One of the prevailing distribution strategies is social engineering attacks or malspam campaigns. This particular crypto-malware has been caught spreading via fake IRS malspam campaigns.

Spam email may include lines, such as “Please Note – IRS Urgent Message- 164” or similar. The email may contain body text, which informs the potential victim that he or she is overdue on real estate taxes by several months. Besides, he or she is asked to check the attached ZIP file or check DOC file.

The attached document on fake IRS emails is usually a DOC or DOCX files with malicious macros. If the victim agrees to enable Macros, the ransomware payload is being downloaded. Typically, the victim might suspect that something has happened because the attachment triggers Command Prompt window to pop-up for several seconds and the system may freeze for a while.

In addition to malspam, the ransomware can enter random PCs via fake software updates, phishing sites, malicious ads, remote desktop apps, or drive-by-download attacks. Anyway, it's a must to avoid illegal and suspicious websites and ensure a powerful anti-virus with a real-time protection feature enabled all the time.

Learn how to remove Rapid 2.0 ransomware easily

Rapid 2.0 removal is a must to restore the previous condition of your PC. If you attempt to decrypt files before ransomware removal, the data will soon be locked again or deleted permanently.

To prevent this from happening, remove Rapid 2.0 virus completely and only then try to recover data using third-party data recovery tools. You can find a comprehensive data recovery guide down below:

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To remove Rapid 2.0 virus, follow these steps:

Remove Rapid 2.0 using Safe Mode with Networking

In practice, ransomware virus tends to block anti-virus programs. Thus, it might look impossible for victims to fix PCs without paying the ransom. Before you fall for giving away your money, we would strongly recommend you to boot your PC into Safe Mode with Network and try to launch antivirus scan this way:

  • 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 Rapid 2.0

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Rapid 2.0 removal.

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

Remove Rapid 2.0 using System Restore

If the previous method failed to work, there's an alternative method to run your anti-virus. Please follow these steps:

  • 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 Rapid 2.0. 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego and make sure that Rapid 2.0 removal is performed successfully.

Bonus: Recover your data

Guide which is presented above is supposed to help you remove Rapid 2.0 from your computer. To recover your encrypted files, we recommend using a detailed guide prepared by security experts.

There are several methods that you can try to decrypt files encrypted by Rapid 2.0 ransomware. You can choose one of the following or try all of them on-by-one:

If your files are encrypted by Rapid 2.0, you can use several methods to restore them:

Install Data Recovery Pro

Data Recovery Pro is a third-party data recovery software that is capable of retrieving files after they were accidentally removed or corrupted after system's crash. However, it may also be useful when recovering data after ransomware attack.

  • Download Data Recovery Pro;
  • Follow the steps of Data Recovery Setup and install the program on your computer;
  • Launch it and scan your computer for files encrypted by Rapid 2.0 ransomware;
  • Restore them.

Extract files from Previous Windows Version

Windows OS offers a System Restore feature, which stores an image of the system of a particular date. If you have created a System Restore Point before the ransomware attack, here's the steps that you should perform to recover at least the most valuable files:

  • Find an encrypted file you need to restore and right-click on it;
  • Select “Properties” and go to “Previous versions” tab;
  • Here, check each of available copies of the file in “Folder versions”. You should select the version you want to recover and click “Restore”.

Check for Volume Shadow Copies

Complex ransomware infections usually remove malicious Volume Shadow Copies, but there's a number of infections that failed to do so. Our team has submitted a guide on how to recover data from Volume Shadow Copies, but don't forget to get rid of Rapid 2.0 ransomware first. 

  • Download Shadow Explorer (;
  • Follow a Shadow Explorer Setup Wizard and install this application on your computer;
  • Launch the program and go through the drop down menu on the top left corner to select the disk of your encrypted data. Check what folders are there;
  • Right-click on the folder you want to restore and select “Export”. You can also select where you want it to be stored.

No decrypter yet.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Rapid 2.0 and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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