Rapid encryption trojan never idles. It is always ready to encrypt another portion of data.
Rapid trojan is a threat surfaced in 2018, first confirmed invasion reported on January 3. Just like any encrypting extortion, this scrambles data to be found immediately on its installation. Meanwhile, Rapid encryption represents rather rare case as it keeps on monitoring the memory for any new data. Should the monitoring reveal any new entries, the ransomware launches another round of encryption processing just-detected files.
Rapid encryptor ransom note
The behavior of .Rapid-ransomware following its invasion is rather well-explored. This is not the case with the invasion itself. The victims do not provide enough data for understanding the dominating pattern of the propagation. Most likely, the users fall victims of more or less plain spamming. On the other hand, the malefactors are not restricted in the choice of their malware propagation options.
Installation of the ransomware disables common recovery tools available in Windows. In particular, Rapid extortion virus eliminates Windows Shadow Copies, terminates its recovery processes and automatic backups. The installation is also hostile to a number of running executables as Rapid ransomware cancels their tasks. The system might halt and reboot due to such intervention.
Files encrypted by Rapid ransomware
Those preliminaries are duly followed by the malware’s own processes. These prepare the soil for malicious encryption. Prior to the encryption itself, the infection scans compromised device. The scan is rather exclusive as it seeks to avoid critical system and networking data. The reason is quite in compliance with the purpose of the attack: the system shall run, otherwise the message that demands the ransom can hardly reach target audience.
The files eligible for the encryption undergo a sophisticated transformation of their content. Their names also get changed – in much simpler fashion as the ransomware adds the .rapid to original file extension.
The ransomware keeps on running after the encryption. IT security strongly recommends terminating its processes prior to proceeding with the data recovery steps below.
Automated cleanup to remove Rapid virus
1. Click the button to download the stub installer and go through several setup dialogs. Once the tool is up and running, click Start Computer Scan
2. Wait until the cleaner checks the PC for Rapid ransomware malicious code. As soon as the scan is completed, the report will list all malware objects spotted in the system. Make sure the entries for detected infections are checked, and select the Fix Threats feature. This will result in malware removal and system remediation, so you should now be good to go.
Restore the encrypted files
Rapid encryption is a sophisticated data modification. There is no simple and single solution to cover all the cases. Transferring the ransom as demanded by the crooks is not the way either.Kindly apply the methods outlined below as they have been carefully developed to provide a recovery help for the most severe cases of encrypting assaults.
Data recovery with automatic software
Good news is that the virus actually deals with copies of the files. The originals have been deleted. The removed data still can be restored by virtue of such tools as Data Recovery Pro.
Shadow Volume Copies
As Windows creates backups at given periods of time, a victim is advised to address relevant restore points. Unfortunately, the method cannot apply unless the System Restore had been enabled prior to the invasion. Please also note the recovery returns files as saved before the time associated with the restore point addressed.
- Previous Versions dialog to target individual files
One can open Properties for any file. The menu has a tab called Previous Versions. It indicates versions of a file that have been backed up.
To make use of the feature, right-click an affected file and choose Properties in the drop-down list. Proceed with clicking the above-mentioned tab. You can opt between the Copy or Restore procedures, the former enabling to copy the item into the location specified by the user.
Backups and removing remaining traces of ransomware
Prevention is the best cure. If you stick to making regular reserve copies of your data and store those outside your operating system, the impacts by the ransomware are very limited. However, prior to copying the data from backups into the system hit by Rapid ransomware, make sure the removal of this virus has completed.
Your manual removal attempts may kill the ransomware in general. In most of the cases, some remnants manage to survive and are still capable of causing a significant damage. Please apply a reliable anti-malware scanner to detect and remove, if applicable, any remaining infections.