Also Known As: RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware removal instructions


Discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 is an updated variant of the Rapid and Rapid 2.0 viruses. Immediately after infiltration, RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 encrypts most stored files and renames them using the "[random_number].EZYMN" pattern. For instance, "sample.jpg" might be renamed to a filename such as "78431.EZYMN". Encrypted files becomes unusable and indistinguishable. Following successful encryption, RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 creates a text file ("DECRYPT.EZYMN.txt") and places a copy in every existing folder.

As usual, the new text file informs users of the encryption and encourages them to visit RAPID RANSOMWARE V3's website to restore their data. When visiting the site, users are asked to pay a ransom in exchange for a decryption tool. In addition, the website provides a contact email address - "demonslay335@rape.lol". Demonslay335 is the nickname of malware security researcher, Michael Gillespie, however, this person is certainly not involved in or responsible for RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 malware development - cyber criminals use his nickname in an attempt to ruin his reputation. RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 developers provide no details regarding the encryption and, therefore, it is currently unknown whether the virus uses symmetric or asymmetric cryptography. In any case, decryption requires a unique key generated individually for each victim. All keys are stored on a remote server controlled by RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 developers. In this way, users are encouraged to pay a ransom of .07 Bitcoin in exchange for their keys and the decryption tool. Be aware, however, that cyber criminals can never be trusted. They often ignore victims, once the payments are submitted. Therefore, paying typically gives no positive result and users are scammed. You are advised never to contact these people or submit any payments. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of decrypting data compromised by RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 free of charge and the only solution is to restore everything from a backup.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 decrypt instructions

There are dozens of ransomware-type viruses that share similarities with RAPID RANSOMWARE V3. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Sigrun, Horsuke, Everbe, RansomAES, and RSAUtil. All are developed by different cyber criminals, but their behavior is identical - all encrypt data and make ransom demands. In most cases, the size of ransom and type of encryption algorithm are the only major differences. Unfortunately, most ransomware-type viruses employ algorithms (e.g., RSA, AES and similar) that generate unique decryption keys. Therefore, unless the virus is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws (the key is stored locally, is hard-coded or similar), restoring files manually without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is impossible. Ransomware presents a strong case for maintaining regular data backups, however, it is important to store them on a remote server (e.g., Cloud) or unplugged storage device (external hard drive, Flash drive or similar), otherwise backups are encrypted with regular files.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

Ransomware is often proliferated using spam emails (malicious attachments), peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, third party software download sources, fake software updaters, and trojans. Spam emails are delivered with infectious attachments (e.g., JavaScript files, MS Office documents, etc.) that, once opened, execute scripts designed to download and install malware. P2P networks (torrents, eMule and similar) and other unofficial download sources (freeware download websites, free file hosting sites, etc.) proliferate viruses by presenting them as legitimate software. Users are tricked into downloading and installing malware. Fake updaters infect the system by exploiting old software bugs/flaws or simply downloading and installing malware rather than updates. Trojans are probably the simplest ones - they open "gates" for other viruses to infiltrate the system.

Threat Summary:
Threat Type Ransomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
Symptoms Can't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methods Infected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
Damage All files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.
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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

To prevent ransomware infections, be very cautious when browsing the Internet. Never open email attachments that seems irrelevant or have been received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses. These emails should be deleted immediately. Furthermore, we strongly advise you to download your applications from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party download/installation tools should never be used, since developers monetize them by including rogue apps. The same rule applies to software updates. Keep installed applications updated, but use implemented update functions or tools provided by the official developer only. Having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also paramount. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution.

Text presented within RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 text file ("DECRYPT.EZYMN.txt"):


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 - hxxps://www.torproject.org/
2. Install Tor browser
3. Run Tor Browser
4. In the Tor Browser open website: hxxp://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!

Do not try to decrypt your data using third-party software, it may cause permanent data loss.

Screenshot of RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 website:

"Buy Decryptor" page:

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 website (sample 1)

Text presented within this page:

All your important files are encrypted by Rapid Ransomware
To decrypt your files you need to buy the special software - "Rapid Decryptor". This software will decrypt all your encrypted files and will delete Rapid from your PC. For purchase you need crypto-currency .
How much money your need to pay?
Necessary amount of Bitcoins:
BITCOIN address for payment
(if you dont see BTC address - refresh page - press F5):
How to get ?
1. Create a Bitcoin Wallet (we recommend Blockchain.info).
2. Buy necessary amount of Bitcoins.
Here are our recommendations:
LocalBitcoins.com - the fastest and easiest way to buy and sell Bitcoins.
CoinBase.com/buy-bitcoin - how to buy Bitcoins.
CEX.IO - buy Bitcoins using Visa / Mastercard or Wire Transfer.
coincafe.com - it is recommended for the fast and easy service.
(Payment methods: Western Union, Bank of America, cash through FedEx, MoneyGram, and/or wire transfer)
Coinmama.com - Visa/Mastercard.
3. Send 0.07 to the following Bitcoin (if you dont see BTC address - refresh page - press F5) address:
4. After payment submit form below.

"FAQ" page:

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 website (sample 2)

Text presented within this page:

q: Do you really can decrypt my files?
a: Yes. We can decrypt all your files. You can test it - try FREE DECRYPTOR

q: What happened after payment?
a: After payment you need submit form with your REAL email address. We write you with all instruction.

"Support" page:

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 website (sample 3)

Text presented within this page:

What guarantees do we give to you?
You can send one of your encrypted file from your PC and we decrypt him for free.
But we can decrypt only 1 file for free. File must not contain valuable information.
If you want try free decrypt - write to our support:
Please note: Max. file size: 2 MB.

Screenshot of files encrypted by RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ("[random_number].EZYMN" filename pattern):

Files encrypted by RAPID RANSOMWARE V3

Update November 28, 2019 - Cyber criminals have recently started offering this ransomware as a service (RaaS) in hacker forums. They offer an affiliate program - crooks will provide all malicious files necessary to encrypt data in exchange for 20% of the profit distributor makes.

Rapid ransomware promoted as RaaS

RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by RAPID RANSOMWARE V3, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

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  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

Other tools known to remove RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ransomware:

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