.Rapid Files Ransomware Virus – How to Remove and Restore Files

This article aims to explain to you what is .rapid file extension virus and how to remove this ransomware infection plus how to restore your encrypted files.

New ransomware virus, known by researchers as Rapid Ransomware Virus has been detected to infect more and more users as of recent days. The malware’s primary purpose is to encrypt the files on your computer and then encrypt each new file that is created, which is something that has not been seen to be done by ransomware before. This entirely new virus aims to slither past any standard protection and then leave behind the files on computers no longer able to be opened until the victim pays a hefty ransom fee. If your files have been encrypted with .rapid file extension, we recommend you to read the following article in order to learn how to remove this virus from your PC and try to restore files that have been encrypted by it.

Threat Summary

Name Rapid Ransomware
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts files on your computer and then asks you to contact the hackers via the e-mail or several other e-mails.
Symptoms Rapid.exe *32 process running on your Windows Task Manager. Files encrypted with .rapid file extension. A ransom note, named How Recovery Files.txt dropped on your PC.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.Rapid Ransomware – Update January 2019

The cybercriminals behind Rapid ransomware have been reported to be liars who do not provide a decryptor tool even when payment is made. In other situations where a decryptor is provided, only a few files have been decrypted with it. That is either due to the cybercriminals not wanting or not being able to decrypt users’ files. DO NOT pay anything as it seems that decryption is broken as reports being released in January 2019 regarding the matter.

.Rapid Ransomware – How Did I Get Infected

Most cyber-criminals, like the ones, who are behind Rapid Ransomware virus, aim to infect unsuspecting victims by making them open something that they believe is legitimate, like:

  • Fake setup of a program you may be looking to download online.
  • Fraudulent game patch, crackfix or software license activator.
  • Fake invoice, order receipt or other type of document.

The cyber-crooks are usually lazy enough to upload the malicious file in several websites to which the victim may arrive by looking for something to download, like favorite movie player, subtitles or anything similar. However, some become more proactive by spamming your Inbox with fake e-mails that pretend to carry legitimate e-mail attachments and have convincing statements that aim to trick you into opening these attachments, for example:

Usually those attachments carry the infection file instead of a document and this is the main method by which your PC may have been infected with .rapid files virus.

.Rapid Ransomware – More Information + Activity

Rapid ransomware belongs to the file encryption ransomware viruses type, meaning that it is one of the most devastating malware you could encounter. Upon infection, the virus may drop it’s payload of malicious files on your computer. From those, so far the main executable and the ransom note of the virus have been detected by malware researchers to exist in the %AppData% folder:

  • Info.exe
  • How Recovery Files.txt
  • Recovery.txt

In additon to the malicious files being dropped, the Rapid ransomware virus also makes sure they run automatically when you start your computer system by adding the following “Run” values in the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run” registry key of Windows:

→ “Encrypter”=”%AppData%\info.exe”

The recovery.txt may be the same as the How Recovery Files.txt ransom note file which both may have the following ransom note request:

All your files have been encrypted by us
If you want restore files write on e-mail {hackers’ e-mail}

The e-mails used by the cyber-crooks who are behind this nasty infection are several and ransomware researchers who have received live submissions on the project website have so far reported the following addresses to be used by the Rapid ransomware hackers:


In addition to contacting the victim via the ransom note, the virus also makes sure that you cannot recover the files of the infected computer by permanently deleting all of your volume shadow copies and disabling the recovery service. This happens by running the following commands as an administrator via a malicious script which may self-delete after execution:

→ bcdedit /set recoveryenabled No
bcdedit /set bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures
vssadmin.exe Delete Shadow /All /Quiet

But having all of these activities as standard for most ransomware viruses, this one is different. Rapid ransomware does not only encrypt the files on your computer, but also runs a process in the background of your computer system, called rapid.exe which makes sure every newly added file on your PC is also encrypted, meaning that you cannot use your computer to store important documents untill your remove this threat.

.Rapid Files Virus – Encryption

The encryption procedure behind Rapid ransomware virus includes the usage of an advanced encryption mode which aims to make it virtually impossible to directly decrypt the .rapid encrypted files without damaging them. The virus may target only important files that are ouside of Windows system folders, like:

  • Documents.
  • Videos.
  • Images.
  • Archives.
  • Virtual Drives.
  • Other often used files.

After .rapid files virus encrypts the files on your computer, the ransomware may also leave behind the .rapid file extension to them, making them appear like the image below shows:

Remove Rapid Ransomware and Restore .rapid Encrypted Files

In order to begin the removal of this virus, you will need to stop it first. This can happen by going into Windows Task Manager and looking for a process, named rapid.exe or info.exe that is not running by SYSTEM or Admin. This process should be stopped by right clicking on it and clicking ong End Process or End Task.

As soon as you have done that, you may follow the Rapid ransomware removal instructions down below. They are divided in manual and automatic removal methods. Be advised to only remove Rapid ransomware manually if you have done this before and are sure in your abilities and if not, experts strongly advise downloading an advanced anti-malware software. Such will make sure Rapid ransomware is automatically deleted from your computer and it is completely secure against all threats in the future too.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by .rapid files virus, be advised that you cannot directly decrypt them. Instead, we recommend you to follow the file recovery instructions below in step “2. Restore files, encrypted by .Rapid Ransomware” below. They are not 100% effective but with their aid you may be able to recover some of your important files.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove Rapid Ransomware from Windows.

Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rapid Ransomware


Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R

2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.

3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.

4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.

5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.

Step 2: Uninstall Rapid Ransomware and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.

2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.

3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.

Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Rapid Ransomware on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Rapid Ransomware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.

2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.

3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Rapid Ransomware with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.

2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.


If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Rapid Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Rapid Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of Rapid Ransomware from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall Rapid Ransomware and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:

2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:

3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Rapid Ransomware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.

4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.

5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Rapid Ransomware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.

6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Rapid Ransomware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.

7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Rapid Ransomware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Rapid Ransomware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Rapid Ransomware:


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Rapid Ransomware.

Ransomware infections and Rapid Ransomware aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.

Rapid Ransomware FAQ

What is Rapid Ransomware ransomware and how does it work?

Rapid Ransomware is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does Rapid Ransomware ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways.Rapid Ransomware Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of Rapid Ransomware is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open .Rapid Ransomware files?

You can't. At this point the .Rapid Ransomware files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Rapid Ransomware files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by Rapid Ransomware ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore ".Rapid Ransomware" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Rapid Ransomware files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of Rapid Ransomware ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Rapid Ransomware ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Rapid Ransomware files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like Rapid Ransomware ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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  1. AvatarVíctor

    Como recupero mis archivos encriptados con .rapid


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