How to remove Rapid 2.0 virus and restore encrypted files

If you have encountered an encrypting program and have causes to assume that it’s the Rapid 2.0 program – in our guide you will find useful information. We provide easy and tested instructions on Rapid 2.0 uninstalling and potential manners to get back the corrupted data.

What is Rapid 2.0

Encryption virus is a worricow of our society, and we all know that if you can't open the files and there's a ransom note – it’s time to be anxious. It is a true, unfortunately. An encrypting virus is the most dangerous threat that you may meet in the Web because a regular user has no power to delete it. The single event when you can defeat an encrypting virus is when you’re not facing a true one, but a screenlocker, that blocks the display and tries to lure your money. In all other cases, if a virus was created and adjusted in a proper manner – you should only expect that malware fighters will beat it. If swindlers committed a mistake, and there are any flaws, which give you an ability to restore information – you'll find a solution in our item.


Rapid 2.0


Regardless of ransomware’s sort, the RSA and AES methods are too complex to break them directly. It might take thousands of years to carry out all necessary calculations on a modern home PC or, possibly, few decades if you can use a mega-powerful computer. We know only two effective manners to defeat a ransomware: to hack it, or break into the Command & Control website, to receive a master key. Some viruses also have a switch that can cease virus' operation completely or to make it pass the infected machine. If any parson discovers such breaker for this virus, or create a decryptor, we will update this item.

So, what is ransomware? It is based on a totally legal encryption algorithm which changes the folders on operator’s computer, so customer is unable to use them in any approach. That key is also encoded with a different manner. Usually, these algorithms are AES and RSA, which have demonstrated themselves the very hard-to decrypt and fail-safe. The mentioned manners and the tools built upon them are freely available in the Web, so hackers just have to create mechanisms of defense, to block an access to a virus, and create the safe control and update pattern. Some encrypting programs can act in standalone mode, and fraudsters know about another "client" as late as he contacts them and transmits the funds. Other viruses are function in another way, and deliver data to thousands servers, to confuse the malware-fighters and throw them off virus’ track.


There are a few things to examine, before you can give in and wait for a decryption tool. As we said before, scammers also fail, and certain specialties of your system can serve you to get back your data.


  • If you do not use the system via an admin profile – you're very fortunate. The matter is that the Windows duplicates all information until they’re deleted or altered. Suchlike copies are called Shadow Volume Copies, and Rapid 2.0 has the ways to delete them. If you are employing the user's profile – the system asks for a permission at the exact moment Rapid 2.0 tries to delete these copies. In case you've seen such window and reversed it – your SVC are secure, and you may use a specialized software to get back the files.
  • A backup is the only 100% productive manner to recover your info, but you need to uninstall Rapid 2.0 before. Make sure that the ransomware is eliminated completely, as if it isn't – all files will be spoiled one more time, with those that were kept on an outer hard drive.


In case you examined all these things and there is no way to get back encrypted data – you better uninstall Rapid 2.0 from your computer and expect when a decryption tool will be published.

How to remove Rapid 2.0

As for the elimination – there’s no possibility to entirely avoid an installation of an antivirus. The virus is incredibly cunning and there is a possibility to pass some parts and then regret it (it may happen if you line up an external data storage with the saved information to a not-fully-clean computer). It also conceals very good, so you just won’t be able to get rid of it totally in manual mode. Here's your deletion instruction that can suit all your needs. It consists of several by-hand steps and an optional AV program step.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 6. Scan computer with antivirus

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

If you cleared your computer of the ransomware, it's time for the data restoration. As we said earlier, if you logged in from an admin profile and you gave Rapid 2.0 a pass to the device – you have no manner to recover your information aside from the previously saved copies. If you haven’t done this – you have feeble fortunes for file recovery, but you will need specific recovery tool. The most popular ones of them are Recuva or ShadowExplorer programs. They're easy to get on their official pages, with thorough guides.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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