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

Remove RSA-2048 Virus

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

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

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.

    RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

    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.

    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.

    • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.

    RSA-2048 Virus (Encryption and Ransomware Removal)

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce 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 delete entries not related to the ransomware.

    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 out 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 RSA-2048 files

    We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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    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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