Remove Rapid V3 Ransomware Virus - Restore Files
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This article will aid you to remove Rapid ransomware V3 fully. Follow the ransomware removal instructions provided at the end of the article.

Rapid Ransomware V3 is a virus that encrypts your files and demands money as a ransom to get your files restored. According to some malware researchers, all files of a compromised computer get locked with the AES military grade encryption algorithm. The Rapid V3 cryptovirus will encrypt your data and files, while placing an extension to them containing five random symbols. Keep reading the article and see how you could try to potentially recover some of your file data.

Threat Summary

NameRapid V3
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short DescriptionThe ransomware encrypts files on your computer system and demands a ransom to be paid to allegedly recover them.
SymptomsThe ransomware will encrypt your files with the AES encryption algorithm. All locked files will become unusable after encryption which will leave them locked with an extension of five random symbols.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments
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Rapid V3 Ransomware – Distribution

Rapid V3 ransomware might spread its infection in various ways. A payload dropper which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the World Wide Web, and researchers have gotten their hands on a malware sample. If that file lands on your computer system and you somehow execute it – your computer system will become infected.

In the below screenshot you can view the detection of the Rapid V3 payload file made on the VirusTotal service:

Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

Rapid V3 Ransomware – Description

Rapid V3 is a virus that encrypts your files and places an .txt file, with instructions inside it, about the infected computer system. The extortionists want you to pay a ransom fee for the alleged restoration of your files. The ransom fee may vary in regard to the different victims.

Rapid V3 ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and could launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.

After encryption the Rapid V3 virus shows a ransom message located inside the following file:

  • DECRYPT.[5 random symbols].txt

You can see the contents of the DECRYPT.[5 random symbols].txt file, from the following screenshot given here:

The ransom note states the following:

[ RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ] Hello, dear friend!
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
The only way to decrypt your files is to receive the private key and decryption program.
To get the key and decryption program see instruction below:
1. Download Tor browser – https://www.torproject.org/
2. Install Tor browser
3. Run Tor Browser
4. In the Tor Browser open website: http://vgon3ggilr4vu32q.onion/?id=BTC
Note! This page available via Tor Browser only!
5. Follow the instruction at this website
On our page you can see all instruction how to decrypt your system and decrypt for free 1 file!
ATTENTION!
Do not try to decrypt your data using third-party software, it may cause permanent data loss.

The image shown below depicts how the TOR network web page with the ransomware instructions looks like:

The note of the Rapid V3 ransomware virus states that your files are encrypted. You are demanded to pay money to allegedly restore your files. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. Your files may not get recovered, and nobody could give you a guarantee for that. Adding to that, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware viruses or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to you getting your files encrypted once again.

Interestingly enough, the cybercriminals have given the contact email address with a reference to Michael Gillespie, by using his twitter handle in the name of the email as seen above (demonslay335).

Rapid V3 Ransomware – Encryption

What is known for the encryption process of the Rapid V3 ransomware is that every file that gets encrypted will become simply unusable. All encrypted files will receive an extension with five random symbols appended to them. Some researchers argue whether the AES encryption algorithm is used in the file encryption process.

The full list with the targeted extensions of files which are sought to get encrypted is currently unknown. However, if it becomes known, it will be posted here as an update to the article.

The files used most by users and which are probably encrypted are from the following categories:

  • Audio files
  • Video files
  • Document files
  • Image files
  • Backup files
  • Banking credentials, etc

The Rapid V3 cryptovirus could be set to erase all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system with the help of the following command:

→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet

In case the above-stated command is executed that will make the effects of the encryption process more efficient. That is due to the fact that the command eliminates one of the prominent ways to restore your data. If a computer device was infected with this ransomware and your files are locked, read on through to find out how you could potentially restore some files back to their normal state.

Remove Rapid V3 Ransomware and Restore Files

If your computer system got infected with the Rapid V3 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Rapid V3 and other threats.
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To remove Rapid V3 follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rapid V3 files and objects
2. Find files created by Rapid V3 on your PC

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3. Scan for malware and unwanted programs with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
4. Try to Restore files encrypted by Rapid V3
Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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