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Danger level 8
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Rapid Ransomware

Rapid Ransomware is a dangerous threat that can encrypt even most personal files that you have stored on your computer. If these files are not backed up before the invasion of the ransomware, they are doomed. Decrypting them manually is not possible, and a tool that could do it for you does not exist at the moment either. The creator of this infection is the only one who has the power to decrypt files because they should have the decryption key. If you expect them to give you this key, you are very wrong. Cyber criminals are not known for keeping their promises. They are known for making our lives miserable. Due to this, if your operating system was infected, you should NOT pay attention to the ransom notes that push to contact cyber criminals via one of the provided email addresses. If you contact them, they will push you to pay a ransom, and if you do it, you will be left empty-handed. While we cannot help you with the decryption of files, we can help you with the removal of Rapid Ransomware. Keep reading to learn more, or move down to the guide below that shows how to delete this monstrous threat.

According to our malware researchers, there are two different versions of the malicious Rapid Ransomware. The first version creates a file named “! How Decrypt Files.txt” to deliver a message, which shortly informs that your files were encrypted and that you need to email if you want to restore them. The second version of the threat creates a file named “How Recovery Files.txt,” and this one lists as the email that the victim must use for communication. It was also discovered that the ransom note file of the second version of Rapid Ransomware could be called “!!! README !!!.txt” and that it could also be dropped as “recovery.txt” to the %APPDATA% directory. The ransom note files are created as soon as the devious ransomware is done with the encryption process. Although this infection evades system files, it encrypts everything else. It can even corrupt extension-less files. It is not hard to figure out which files are encrypted because the “.rapid” extension is added to their names. Besides encrypting files, the infection also deletes Shadow Volume copies, which ensures that the files cannot be restored manually. Another unique thing about this malware is that it will continue encrypting files – if you create new ones – after the initial encryption attack, which is why it is so important to remove the ransomware ASAP.

Are you considering communicating with the creator of Rapid Ransomware? There is no point in that. The only thing you will achieve by doing it is that you will get further instructions on how to pay a ransom. As we discussed already, paying it is a terrible idea. If the ransom demanded in return of a decryptor or a password – or whatever else you might be promised – is not big for you, you might choose to take a risk, but remember that, most likely, you will be left empty-handed. If you do not want to or cannot subject yourself to that, you have to come to terms with the fact that your personal files are lost. This would not be an issue if your files were backed up online or on an external drive. Make sure you start backing up files after you delete Rapid Ransomware because that is the only way to guarantee complete protection.

There is not much to deleting Rapid Ransomware because this threat does not operate via many different components. In fact, you only need to worry about a launcher and its copies. Other than that, you need to delete ransom note files. If you are capable of doing that, you should have no trouble cleaning your Windows operating system yourself. Of course, you do not need to remove Rapid Ransomware manually. In fact, it is much better if you install an anti-malware program to find and erase malicious components automatically. Another reason to install it is to have your operating system protected. If you do not secure your system and do not start backing up your personal files, you could be affected by other malicious threats in the future.

Rapid Ransomware Removal

  1. Delete the {launcher name}.exe file (it could be placed anywhere).
  2. Tap Win+E to access Windows Explorer.
  3. Enter %APPDATA% into the bar at the top.
  4. Delete the copy of the launcher (should be named info.exe).
  5. Delete the file named !!! README !!!.txt if it exists.
  6. Delete these ransom note files (they could have multiple copies):
    • How Recovery Files.txt
    • !!! README !!!.txt
    • recovery.txt
  7. Empty Recycle Bin and then right away install a malware scanner to inspect your system.
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