How to remove Rapid virus and restore encrypted files

If you fell a victim of an encrypting infection and you know that it’s the Rapid virus – on this page you'll find useful information. We provide simple and safe tips about Rapid elimination and practicable ways to recover the corrupted files.

What is Rapid

Encryption virus can be considered a scarecrow of a recent society, and everyone knows that if you can't access the information and there's a ransom note – the things are going ugly. It is a true, by the way. Ransomware infection is the worst threat that you might face in the Net as a common man literally can't uninstall it. The only case when you can overcome an encrypting virus is when you aren't facing a true one, but a fake, that covers the display and attempts to lure your funds. In any other case, if ransomware was developed and maintained in a right manner – you can only expect that ransomware fighters can beat it. If fraudsters committed a mistake, and there are some flaws, which give you an ability to restore files – we will tell to you what you can do on this page.



Virus sort is not important, as the RSA and AES methods are overly complex to hack them directly. It will take thousands of years to make all necessary operations on a standard machine or, maybe, few decades if you have an access to an industrial computer. The best method to neutralize a decent encrypting malware is to find flaws in its code, or break into the Command & Control website, to get a master key. In some cases there is a breaker that can stop ransomware's activity completely or to make it pass the infected PC. If anyone finds such switch for Rapid, or publish a decryptor, we'll update this article.



This ransomware asks for 0.4 Bitcoin for file decryption and shows next text message:


All your files have been encrypted by us

If you want to restore files write on e-mail - paymeme @ or paymeme @

Your ID: ...

Send me your ID and 1-3 small encrypted files(The total size of files must be less than 1Mb (non-archived)) for free decryption.

After that, I'll tell you the price for decryption all files.


Let's find out, what we'd find if we look inside a ransomware? It is driven by an absolutely legal coding system that encrypts all files on customer’s computer and makes them worthless if you have no key. That key is encrypted too, but with another manner. As usual, these manners are AES and RSA, which are famous for their complexity and fail-safety. The mentioned methods and the software built upon them are freely available in the Web, so web-criminals just need to add protective techniques, to restrict an access to a program, and make the reliable control and update system. Some encrypting programs might function independently, and scammers get a report about another victim as late as he turns to them and transmits his funds. Other ransomwares are function in another way, and deliver data to thousands URL's, to confuse the malware-fighters and maximize the efforts needed to beat a virus.



Here you can see a few alternatives to examine, before yielding and expecting for a decryption program. As it is stated in previous paragraphs, web-criminals make errors, and certain characteristics of the system may support you to restore files.


  • If your system entry doesn't have admin capabilities – today’s your happy day. The catch is that the OS makes backups of all data prior to they’re removed or altered. These copies are known as the Shadow Volume Copies, and Rapid has the manners to remove them. If you're employing the regular account – the system requests for a authorization at the very moment Rapid attempts to erase these copies. If you saw suchlike confirmation and declined it – your copies are safe, and you may download a specialized software to get back the files.
  • A backup is the single completely productive way to get your information back, but you need to delete a ransomware first. Ensure that the virus is removed fully, since if it isn't – all files will be corrupted one more time, with those that were kept on an outer hard disc.


If all of written above advice didn't help and you have no way to recover lost data – you better eliminate Rapid from your device and wait until a decryptor will be developed.

How to remove Rapid

As about the uninstalling – you can't entirely avoid an automatic mode. Rapid is too sly and there is a chance pass some elements and then suffer from it (for instance, when you line up a flash drive with your saved files to a not-really-purged machine). It also conceals damn well, and you just can't get rid of it entirely in manual mode. According to this, we’ve developed a solid elimination specification which can assist you to solve this issue. It has some by-hand stages and one extra anti-viral software stage.

Removal instruction

If you are MAC user, follow this guide: how to decrypt files on MAC.




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Show all hidden files and folders

  • Press Start
  • Click on Control Panel

Show hidden files. Step 1


  • Select Appearance and Personalization

Show hidden files. Step 2


  • Click on Folder Options
  • Select View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders and drives

Show hidden files. Step 3


  • Press Ok


Step 3. Remove virus files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%


Step 4. Fix hosts file

  • Go to %SystemRoot%\System32\drivers\etc\ folder



  • Open hosts file using Notepad or other text editor
  • Delete suspicious elements
  • Basic hosts file looks like this:



Step 5. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

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Step 7. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot

How to restore files

Since you cleared your system of the ransomware, it's time for some data recovery. As you know now, if you logged in from an admin entry and you let the ransomware a pass into the device – there is no way to recover your files save for the backups. If you that didn't happen – you might have a chance, but you will need specific recovery tool. The most popular ones of them are Recuva or ShadowExplorer programs. They're simple to find on their official pages, with close instructions.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel

Decrypt files. Step 1


  • Click System and Security

Decrypt files. Step 2


  • Select Backup and Restore

Decrypt files. Step 3


  • Select Restore files from backup
  • Select checkpoint to restore


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