Rapid 2.0 ransomware removal instructions
What is Rapid 2.0?
First discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, Rapid 2.0 is an updated version of high-risk ransomware called Rapid. Immediately after infiltration, Rapid 2.0 encrypts most stored files and renames them using the "[7_random_digits].[5_random_letters]" pattern. For example, "1.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "1390875.HWCLZ". From this point, using and distinguishing files becomes impossible. Once files are encrypted, Rapid 2.0 creates a text file ("DECRYPT.[5_random_letters].txt") and places a copy in every existing folder.
There are two main differences between Rapid 2.0 and its previous version. Firstly, the original version did not rename files - it was designed to append filenames with the ".Rapid" extension. Secondly, Rapid 2.0 detects the system's locale. If the locale is set to Russian, files are not encrypted. The new text file contains a message informing victims of the encryption and telling them what to do next. The message simply states that files can only be decrypted using a specific decryption tool that must be purchased. Unfortunately, this is accurate. It is currently unknown which cryptography (symmetric or asymmetric) Rapid 2.0 uses, however, decryption will certainly require a key generated uniquely for each victim. Criminals hide these keys on a remote server and victims are encouraged to pay a ransom in exchange for a decryption tool with the key embedded within. The cost is not specified - victims must contact Rapid 2.0's developers to receive further instructions, however, in most cases, the size of ransoms fluctuates between $500 and $1500 (equivalent in Bitcoins or another cryptocurrency). Criminals also allow victims to attach one selected file, which can then be decrypted and returned to the victim as a 'guarantee' that decryption is possible. Despite these demands and threats, cyber criminals can never be trusted, since they often ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Paying typically gives no positive result and victims are simply scammed. Therefore, never attempt to contact these people and certainly do not submit any payments. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of decryption of files compromised by Rapid 2.0. The only solution is to restore everything from a backup.
Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:
There are dozens of ransomware-type viruses similar to Rapid 2.0. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) BlackRuby2, Zenis, PLANETARY, and GPGQwerty. Although these viruses are developed by different cyber criminals, they have identical behavior - they encrypt data and make ransom demands. Research shows that, in most cases, ransomware-type viruses have just two major differences: 1) cost of decryption, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, most use algorithms that generate unique decryption keys (e.g., RSA, AES, and so on). Therefore, unless the malware is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws (e.g., the key is hard-coded, stored-locally, etc.), restoring files without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is impossible. Rapid 2.0 and other similar viruses are one of the main reasons for maintaining regular data backups, however, backup files must be stored on a remote server or an unplugged external storage. If not, backups are encrypted together with regular files.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet. Never open any email attachments that seem irrelevant and have been sent from unrecognizable/suspicious email addresses. In fact, these emails should be deleted without reading. Remember also to download your applications from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are often used to proliferate rogue apps, and therefore, these tools should never be used. Keep installed applications up-to-date and have a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running, however, since criminals proliferate malware using fake updaters, applications should be updated using implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer only.
Screenshot of files encrypted by Rapid 2.0 ("[7_random_digits].[5_random_letters]" filename pattern):
Rapid 2.0 ransomware removal:
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- What is Rapid 2.0?
- STEP 1. Rapid 2.0 virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. Rapid 2.0 ransomware removal using System Restore.
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the Rapid 2.0 virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.
Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":
1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the Rapid 2.0 ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining Rapid 2.0 ransomware files.
To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of Rapid 2.0 are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.
To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.
If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.
To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as Rapid 2.0 ransomware.
Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.
Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.
HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.
Other tools known to remove Rapid 2.0 ransomware: