This article was created to help users remove RapidReader Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their PC – completely.
Today’s article is dedicated towards the removal of RapidReader Virus. If you have this thing on your computer you should know we are dealing with something that behaves in a pattern suspiciously similar to an Adware virus. As you may have already noticed this type of virus works by creating advertisements and throwing them in your face whenever you try to browse the internet. We advise you to follow our instructions and get rid of it as soon as possible, before it could do any realm harm.
Be wary that the Ads themselves could take a great deal of shapes and advertise all kinds of goods. Typically though RapidReader Virus will try to sell you things, for which you have recently searched the internet. This is possible, because RapidReader Virus is capable of reading your browser history and past search queries. It’s also capable of sending information to it’s creator – which makes it a direct threat to your online privacy.
Remember – never click on the Ads
The most common clients of Adware software are other scammers. The hyperlinks behind the Ads you will be shown will invariably lead to one scam site or another. They could be offering all kinds of sales, discounts etc, but remember that these shows can only afford such generous discounts, because they aren’t actually selling anything and they will try to pocket any money paid to them.
Another important thing to consider is that RapidReader Virus may be trying to install other viruses on your computer. These will almost always be an executable file /exe/ and will come in response to some bogus problem you have on your computer. Because of this RapidReader Virus may also show you different fake warning messages about non-existent virus infestations, registry errors, missing plug-ins, required videos and much other random bullshit.
REMEMBER! Do not download and install anything offered by RapidReader Virus, because it’s likely virus infected.
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove RapidReader Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove RapidReader Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.
Remove RapidReader Virus
From this point on begins the removal guide in earnest. However there is one important disclaimer to be made before you stick your teeth in it.
Some of the Steps written below might not be absolutely necessary to remove RapidReader Virus from your computer. If at any point a step does not produce the expected outcome (as shown on the guide) double check if you’ve done everything correctly. If that is the case then you also don’t need that step of the guide and should move forward.
We understand this is inconvenient, but we’ve spotted a few versions of RapidReader Virus and each requires a different set of operations before it could be deleted. So we had to include all possibly required operations.
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
Now we will remove all copies of RapidReader Virus from your internet browsers. Run Steps 2&3 for every internet browser installed on your computer. This includes even those browsers that you may have installed in the past, but are no longer using. Doing this is important because when RapidReader Virus infected your computer it also latched itself to all present browsers and it will clone itself back in them if even a single copy remains.
While you are removing RapidReader Virus pay attention as it may create different messages about a free program installation or replacement. Don’t allow it – this is a last ditch effort from the virus to install itself under a different name.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find RapidReader Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
RapidReader Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
(Works for XP, 7, 8, 8.1)
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for RapidReader Virus and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING
Ahead is likely the most important operation for permanently removing RapidReader Virus from your computer, but be wary as it could also be dangerous. Performing this wrong can damage your OS significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to grab a professional anti-malware removal program that can do this for you – risk free. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to other, more subtle viruses you wouldn’t be able to spot on your own until it’s too late, but an automated scan would reveal.
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.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.