.Rapid Ransomware Virus Removal (+ .Rapid File Recovery) September 2018 Update


This page aims to help you remove .Rapid Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .Rapid file can be recovered.

The paragraphs below describe .Rapid – a Ransomware virus. Ransomware is a type of malware that is used for blackmailing the victim users into paying a ransom to some dishonest cyber-criminals. Nevertheless, the affected users themselves are not really hostages, their valuable files are. This kind of viruses could indeed appear awfully terrifying and might really frighten you. What is even more bothering is the fact that once your files are all encrypted by .Rapid Ransomware, and the ransom alert has been finally generated, not much can be done to undo such an awfully malicious process. We really hope that this article will give you some useful information about the war against the members of the Ransomware virus category.

.Rapid Ransomware

The other name for online harassment: Ransomware

The viruses based on Ransomware are more than adept at secretly infiltrating your computer, and making your valuable data inaccessible to you in any way.  After that, the usual scenario that follows is rather predictable: you are sent a terrifying desktop notification saying you are obliged to pay some money as a ransom for the decryption of your files. The warning usually states that if you refuse to do so – your data is going to be lost forever.

The infection with .Rapid:

This disastrous contamination may happen to you in a variety of possible ways:

  • “Malvertising” – this type of a virus could be automatically caught if you clicked on a fake pop-up or other online ad. These ads are usually generated by suspicious web pages, but can be found anywhere on the web.
  • Malicious update requests, pretending to be generated by your OS – often the virus might come to you as an update request that may really look like the ones your OS usually displays. In fact, not many users are able to spot the differences between a fake update requests and the genuine ones. Probably that is the reason why this distribution method is especially widely used. Once you agree to install such fake updates, your device may get contaminated by .Rapid automatically.
  • Suspicious emails – these messages might include viruses and might come both to your Spam folder and your Inbox directory. Be very cautious, since they normally come from unfamiliar or shady-looking addresses and senders. Once you open such an email, or follow any link in it, you might get infected with a virus.

 

 .Rapid Ransomware Virus Removal


 

Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

malware-start-taskbar

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. 

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.

Step3

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:

hosts_opt (1)

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:

msconfig_opt

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.

Step4

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!

Step5 

How to Decrypt .Rapid 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!

  • The attachments of all the questionable emails you receive: even the email attachments may be contaminated. Hence, we highly recommend that you avoid downloading or loading any attached files from shady emails as described above, because in that way you may get infected by this dangerous virus. Usually in this case, the Ransomware doesn’t always comes by itself: it is sent together with a Trojan horse virus. The Trojan is usually the tool used for infecting your device through any system/ program vulnerability which might be there.

The process of file encryption:

No matter how your machine has caught .Rapid, the activities of the virus following the infection are as follows:

  • To start with, all your disks and drives typically get thoroughly checked for all the data this malware considers worth encrypting (the files you most frequently use).
  • Secondly, a thorough list with all such data is created. After that, the encryption with a complex code happens until the last piece of data from the list has been encrypted.
  • The last step is the generation of a terrifying ransom note. Normally, you get one containing payment info, as well even some threats about the future of your data.

Can such an infection be spotted on time?

A few users have reported realizing that an odd process has been going on from looking at their Task Managers. This only ever happens very rarely. Still, if you really happen to notice such strange activity, just disconnect your PC from all the networks and turn it off right when you can. Maybe if you do all that in a timely manner, you will be able to minimally slow down the encryption process. Consult a person with some experience for advice about that, too.

Is it possible for you to deal with such a contamination?

You have to understand that it is truly difficult to cope with such a malicious threat. No activities from your side will ever guarantee a positive outcome for your files. Nonetheless, there are still a few options you might try before deciding to pay the demanded ransom. You could try to implement the instructions in the Removal guide here to try and restore your data and deal with the virus.

SUMMARY:

Name .Rapid
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up.
Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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