RPD ransomware removal instructions
What is RPD?
First discovered by MalwareHunterTeam, RPD is a new variant of the Rapid 2.0 and Rapid ransomware-type viruses. Once infiltrated, RPD encrypts most stored files making them unusable. In doing so, this malware adds the ".RPD" extension to the name of each encrypted file. For instance, "sample.jpg" is renamed to "sample.jpg.RPD". Immediately after encryption, RPD generates a text file ("How Recovery Files.txt") and places a copy in each existing folder.
As usual, the new text file contains a message informing victims of the encryption and encouraging them to contact developers via one of email addresses provided. No additional information is given and, therefore, it is currently unknown whether RPD 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 RPD's developers. After contacting these people, each victim is asked to pay a ransom in exchange for their key. The cost is also currently unconfirmed - all details are provided via email, however, ransomware developers generally demand $500-1500 in Bitcoins, Monero, or another cryptocurrency. Regardless of the cost, do not pay. Research shows that these people often ignore victims, once payments are submitted. Therefore, paying typically gives no positive result and users are scammed. For these reasons, you are advised to never contact these people or submit any payments. Unfortunately, there are no tools capable of cracking RPD's encryption and restoring data free of charge. 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:
The Internet is full of ransomware-type viruses similar to RPD (for example, RaRansomware, Nozelesn, KyMERA, etc.) These are developed by different cyber criminals, and yet their behavior is identical - all encrypt data and make ransom demands. There are just two major differences: 1) size of ransom, and; 2) type of encryption algorithm used. Unfortunately, ransomware-type viruses typically use algorithms that generate unique decryption keys (e.g., RSA, AES, and so on). Therefore, unless the malware is not fully developed or has certain bugs/flaws, file decryption manually without involvement of developers (contacting these people is not recommended) is virtually impossible. Ransomware is one of the main reasons why you should maintain regular data backups, however, it is very important to store them on a remote server or unplugged storage device. If not, backups are encrypted with regular files.
How did ransomware infect my computer?
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?
To prevent this situation, be cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing/updating software. Carefully analyze each received email attachment. Files that seem irrelevant or have been received from a suspicious/unrecognizable email address should never be opened. In addition, download your software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are used to proliferate rogue programs, and thus should never be used. The same rule applies to software updates. It is very important to keep installed applications up-to-date, however, this should be achieved only through implemented functions or tools provided by the official developer. You are also strongly advised to have a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with RPD, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.
Text presented in RPD ransomware text file :
Hello, dear friend!
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to our email - firstname.lastname@example.org
and tell us your unique ID - ID-OJINCVRG
Screenshot of files encrypted by RPD (".RPD" extension):
RPD ransomware removal:
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- What is RPD?
- STEP 1. RPD virus removal using safe mode with networking.
- STEP 2. RPD ransomware removal using System Restore.
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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Log in to the account infected with the RPD 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.
2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.
3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.
4. In the opened window, click "Next".
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 RPD ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).
6. In the opened window, click "Yes".
7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining RPD 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 RPD 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.
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 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 RPD 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.
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:
Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:
- 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 RPD ransomware: