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Another terrifying Ransomware-Rapid Ransomware

Ransomware are all have the same purpose to encrypt data on the victim’s PC and demand ransom to be paid in order to unlock the files. But Rapid Ransomware is slightly different as it stays active on the system even after its first encryption been done. And further keeps on encrypting any new files created by the user.

Rapid Ransomware was first detected on January 2nd, 2018 and since then there have been more attacks. It is still unclear how this ransomware is distributed but most common ways through which you can get this ransomware installed is spam mail attachments, javaScript codes embedded on hacked web pages, Exploit kits and visiting pornographic sites.

Rapid Ransomware encryption process

Once the ransomware gets successfully active on the attacked computer system, it executes commands to delete the “Windows shadow volume copies” of the files, terminates database processes, and disables automatic repair utility so that the user may not be able to recover the files by any means.
The processes terminated by Rapid Ransomware are sql.exe, sqlite.exe, and oracle.com and the commands that are executed are:

vssadmin.exe Delete Shadow /All /Quiet
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No
cmd.exe /C bcdedit /set {default} bootstatuspolicy ignoreallfailures

After the commands been executed, next it starts scanning the drives and directories of the computer and search for important files including documents, images, videos, PDFs, Databases and many such to encrypt them. The encrypted files are appended with “.rapid” extension after the file name.
For example: you document named as “myfinances.docs” will be renamed as “myfinances.docs.rapid”.

Once the ransomware finishes the encryption process, it places a ransom note named as “How Recovery Files.txt” within the folders and the desktop of the victimized computer system.
The ransom note notifies users about the encryption and provides an email address to contact the authors and pay the ransom.
The text message of the ransom note appears as:

Hello!
All your files have been encrypted by us
If you want restore files write on e-mail – frenkmoddy@tuta.io

This malware also creates auto-run codes that launches this ransomware as the system starts up and shows the ransom note. Victims of Rapid Ransomware are left with no other option than to pay the ransom to unlock their files. But it is still unknown that user may get their files decrypted even after paying the ransom.

So if you are among the one being a victim of “Rapid Ransomware”, then we would strongly suggest you not to pay any ransom to illegitimate persons behind it. Because even after paying they are not going to give your files back. So it is urged that you must opt for removal solutions for Rapid Ransomware and try to recover files by automatic data recovery tool or any backup copy if you have.

What actions to perform when infected with Rapid Ransomware

Rapid Ransomware will not stop just after encrypting your files, instead it will continue in the search for new files created by the user on the infected computer system. And if it gets any, then it will continue to encrypt it too. So, it is very urgent to stop all the activities on your computer and shut it down as soon as possible.
If you detect the infection on your computer then you should immediately terminate the process running under the task manager window to stop further encryption. Although the process name could be different but can be named as “rapid.exe”, if your system is not been rebooted. But after reboot, the ransomware process might have the name: “info.exe”.

After you have terminated the process, the you should disable the autoruns from the “msconfig.exe”. If it does not allow to do so, then you need to reboot your computer in “Safe Mode with Networking” and attempt the same.

If you are not comfortable with the manual removal of the threat then we will recommend you going for automatic removal solution. Click here to download the tool.

The best way to combat to the Ransomware is keeping backup copies of your important files and then keep a powerful security program running and active on your computer. Paying ransom is not the best solution for this.

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Experts Guide To Prevent Future Attacks

The following steps will guide you to reduce the risk of infection further.

  1. Scan all files with an Internet Security solution before transferring them to your system.
  2. Only transfer files from a well known source.
  3. Always read carefully the End User License agreement at Install time and cancel if other “programs” are being installed as part of the desired program.
  4. When visiting a website, type the address directly into the browser rather than following a link.
  5. Do not provide personal information to any unsolicited requests for information.
  6. Don’t open attachments or click on Web links sent by someone you don’t know.
  7. Keep web browser up to date and computer is configured securely. .
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