RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

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RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

This page aims to help you remove RSA-2048 Virus . These removal instructions work for all versions of Windows. The RSA-2048 is widely used by Cryptowall 3.0 together with the note “all of your files were protected by a strong encryption with rsa-2048” that users receive once the ransomware shows itself. The RSA-2048 encryption virus is very hard to deal with and definitely the worst virus a casual PC user can encounter.

RSA-2048 Virus is a real threat to your security. This is a form of a computer virus known as Ransomware. Nowadays, Ransomware applications are probably the most despised and feared among the Malware creations that you might have had the bad luck of encountering.

What does the RSA-2048 Virus do exactly?

Unfortunately you are dealing with an “encrypting” type of Ransomware. Using another form of malware – a Trojan horse more than likely, and one that you should look for too after you’ve dealt with the ransomware, to infiltrate your device it would soon begin scanning the files on your hard drive. The goal being to determine which of your files are most often accessed or otherwise used. A quick note here – no system files will be affected. After the initial scan has been completed the actual process of your “top priority” files being encrypted will begin. Not long after that you will be left with your files being completely inaccessible and ending with a strange extension after the file name. If that’s not a clue enough an explanatory message would be posted on your desktop with instructions how to make the “ransom” payment if you are to get your files back.

What should I do?

You are probably wondering what you should do next and whether or not you should pay the ransom. That is of course entirely up to you but it is our strong suggestion that you seriously consider not doing it or at the very least opt to such measures only if everything else fails to deliver satisfactory results. It might seem somewhat strange to you that we are willing to take such a definitive position against what might seem the sensible choice if you are to get your files back. We have our reasons though:

  • Never forget the fact that you will be negotiating and dealing with cyber criminals. There’s no other way to put it, the people behind RSA-2048 Virus are facing criminal charges should they be ever caught. We are emphasizing this so you can give it a second thought on what it is you are expecting to really happen. There are absolutely no guarantees that if you send these criminals some of your hard earned money you will really get a decryption key in return. Yes, you can hope that you are facing “honest” criminals but it is more than likely that you will be defrauded once again and instead of getting your files back you will be left with your hands empty.
  • On the other hand, ask yourself, should you be paying to get back what is rightfully yours? By paying to get back your files you will not only be punishing yourself but also adding fuel to the ever growing Ransomware industry. By doing so you are only encouraging the creators of RSA-2048 Virus and other similar applications to continue creating these awful malicious programs. The only way to stop the Ransomware business is to cut the money stream completely off. And it starts with you not yielding to the perpetrators’ demands and not paying as a result.

It is entirely possible that our solution might not work, in fact this is mainly dependent on how much time has passed since RSA-2048 Virus has encrypted your files. But we feel this is your best chance for a successful attempt at redeeming your personal files and at the very least it will not worsen your general situation.


Name Unknown (a variety of Ransomware viruses using the RSA-2048 encryption)
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High.
Symptoms Strange extensions after some of your files’ names. The files can not be opened or accessed. 
Distribution Method Other forms of Malware. Most likely a Trojan horse.
Detection Tool

1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove RSA-2048 Virus from your system.
3: Permanently delete RSA-2048 Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

“All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048”

The note will have you believe your files will be destroyed if you try to tamper with the virus’s files. Don’t be fooled. Come on – do you really think that someone on the other side of the globe will destroy your encrypted files when at the same time he is trying to extort you of your money? He loses nothing if he waits (even if you try to remove the virus), and loses potential money if he decides to burn your files. So take your time, don’t rush things, and be very vigilant with the removal instructions below. You do no want to miss anything.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This is the first preparation.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

The first thing you must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this. RSA-2048 Virus may have hidden some of its files.

Hold the Start Key and R copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.


Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


It is very important to stop with the removal process for a minute and take the necessary time to read this in its entirety. The next few instructions are considerably harder to accomplish and potentially devastating for your device if you mess something up. So only continue if you are feeling confident in your abilities and are willing to gamble with your PC’s well-being. In any other case it is preferable to stop now before committing beyond the point of no return. Yet if you stop now you’d have not taken care of the virus. There’s another solution though and it is in the form of a professional scanner and RSA-2048 Virus remover. Something we urge you to seriously consider as it is probably going to be helpful for any possible future malware problems.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name.

Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful – you can damage your system if you make a big mistake.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check our for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

How to Decrypt files infected with RSA-2048 Virus

There is only one known way to remove this virus successfully – reversing your files to a time when they were not infected. There are two options you have for this:

The first is a full system restore. To do this type System Restore in the windows search field and choose a restore point. Click Next until done.

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Your second option is a program called Recuva

Go to the official site for Recuva and download it from there – the free version has everything you currently need.

When you start the program select the files types you want to recover. You probably want all files.

Next select the location. You probably want Recuva to scan all locations.

Now click on the box to enable Deep Scan. The program will now start working and it may take a really long time to finish – maybe even several hours if your HDD is really big, so be patient and take a break if necessary.

You will now get a long list of files to pick from. Select all relevant files you need and click Recover.

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About the author


Bert L. Jackson

Bert L. Jackson has more then 13 years in the Cyber Security Industry consulting and collaborating. Distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving, cross-functional teams and a bottom-line orientation.

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